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Aboriginal Field Officer

Adelaide SA

Indigenous & Multicultural Services (Community Services & Development)

Full time

$66,000 – $72,000 per year

The role of Aboriginal Field Officers is to provide support and para-legal advice to Aboriginal people who are detained in police or prison custody or who have to attend court. Field officers are required to maintain strong links with Aboriginal communities and to assist Aboriginal people to become more aware of their legal rights and responsibilities in relation to the law.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Role model politeness and professional communication when dealing with clients and the general public.
  • To work as part of a team including other Aboriginal Field Officers, the Custody Notification Service (CNS) staff, legal and support staff. 
  • To work to ensure the provision of a culturally competent and responsive service to clients.
  • As part of a team provide referrals to services in accordance with ALRM objectives.
  • Maintain IT requirements including database statistics, and email.
  • Enter and maintain the Client Management System (CMS) database. 
  • Perform such other duties commensurate with the functions of ALRM and this classification, as may be directed.
  • Encourage and sustain a cooperative, “can do” work environment.
  • Support and work with people with diverse backgrounds, value systems, cultural differences and special needs.
  • Other duties as required and/or requested by the CEO or respective manager.
  • Actively participate and contribute to responsible and safe work practices by ensuring all WHS legislation, policies and procedures are adhered to within the workplace this includes any directive given by the Human Services department in relations to any pandemics.
  • Embracing diversity and cultural differences in the workplace by modelling respectful behaviour in the workplace.

Attending Police Stations

  • In-person support, as requested through the Custody Notification Service (CNS).
  • Remind clients of their legal rights, especially of their right to remain silent during interviews.
  • Liaise with CNS staff.
  • Remind clients of legal advice provided via phone by the CNS Solicitor.
  • Advise the police that the client will not be answering any questions.
  • Support and sit in with clients on police interviews, DNA procedures, and Forensic Procedure Hearings.
  • Take basic Bail instructions from clients, such as Bail address and contact information.
  • Contact client’s family to advise of their whereabouts as needed.

Court Work

  • To interview and take statements from clients in relation to their legal matters.
  • To assist Lawyers and clients when attending Courts throughout South Australia.
  • Provide field call attendance support to Lawyers, not including client transport.

Prisons and other Institutions

  • Attend metropolitan prison Professional Visits as requested by Lawyers or clients.
  • Educate clients in relation to their legal matters and associated issues.
  • Take statements from clients in relation to their legal matters.
  • Liaise with Aboriginal Liaison Officers and other prison staff.
  • Attending local prison meetings in relation to Aboriginal prisoners as directed.

Office Procedures

  • Provide in-person and phone advice and referrals for clients.
  • Take statements from clients in relation to their legal matters.
  • Assist with the collection of required statistics in relation to in-person referrals and support, phone advice, Callouts, and client files, through our Client Management System (CMS). 

Home Visits

  • Taking instructions from clients with mobility or other issues who are unable to attend an ALRM office.
  • Advising clients of their next court appearance and associated legal matters.
  • Leaving messages for clients or their family members.
  • Physically checking Bail addresses for suitability.

Afterhours Call-Out

  • To undertake police station attendance as per the Call-Out roster as managed by the Senior Field Officer.
  • In-person support, as requested through the Custody Notification Service (CNS).
  • Liaise with CNS staff.

Essential Criteria

* The filling of this position is in accordance with the exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.  The Aboriginal Field Officer is only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the criminal legal system and its impact upon Aboriginal people.
  • Knowledge of local Aboriginal communities.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to legal services and in the wider community.
  • Capacity to work effectively in an Aboriginal organisation demonstrating respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Cultures.
  • Commitment to delivering culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.                                                            
  • Demonstrated commitment to efficient and effective service delivery and a commitment to a client-centred focus.
  • Ability to manage and balance priorities in an environment of high workloads.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.
  • Ability in the practical use of office equipment and office systems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and share decision making.
  • Ability to demonstrate respect, approachability, consistency and model exemplary behaviors.

Must be willing to be on call up to a week at a time when rostered.

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of the Bail Act.
  • Para-Legal Training.
  • Knowledge of Equal Opportunity, Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare standards.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Good interview skills.
  • An understanding of the objectives of Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, its services and clients.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Organisations Core Values (Code of Ethics) and the Employee Conduct Policy.

Please direct applications of a one-page covering letter and with a Curriculum Vitae to: 

Robert Gillespie
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
321-352 King William Street

Adelaide 5000


As a community oriented and growing organisation, we are always looking for capable and skilled people to join our team. If you are interested in joining us, and we don’t have a current vacancy that suits you, you may wish to express your interest in one of the roles listed below:

Field Officers

  • Location – Adelaide, Ceduna, and Pt. Augusta
  • Identified position
  • Valid Driver’s Licence

Custody Notification Service Contact Officer

  • Based in Adelaide
  • Identified position
  • Cert IV in Legal Services desirable
  • Interested to work on roster

Prison Care Program Case Worker

  • Based in Adelaide
  • Identified position
  • experience in case management- desirable

Submit your “Expression of Interest ” to find out more and express your interest. We may then contact you if a suitable vacancy arises. 

When submitting Expression please email the following documentation to

  • Covering Letter outlining your availability and areas you can cover
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Qualification Copies
  • Police Clearance
  • Drivers Licence
  • COVID Vaccination details


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