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Criminal Defence Lawyer

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement

Port Augusta, Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula SA

Criminal & Civil Law (Legal)

Full time

$65,000 – $70,000 per year

The central object of the Movement is to assist Aboriginal persons (especially those Aboriginal persons who are detained in custody or imprisoned) to relieve their poverty, the consequences of their dispossession and social misfortune and to assist further in removing destitution and helplessness amongst Aboriginal people through the use of the legal system of the State of South Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia. (Please refer to ALRM Intranet for more core ALRM Objectives),

Key Responsibilities 

  • Conduct Magistrates Court matters including Magistrate trials, guilty pleas as Solicitor and Counsel.
  • Provide legal advice, representation, information and education in relation to criminal law matters generally.
  • To work as part of a team including other legal staff, field officers and support staff to provide legal advice and representation to clients of ALRM of a consistent high quality.
  • To work to ensure the provision of a culturally appropriate and responsive service to clients.
  • To understand and apply ALRM and Attorney General’s Department Policies as they relate to the provision of legal aid services to clients.
  • As part of a team provide outreach services in accordance with ALRM Inc objectives. 
  • Liaise with other legal service providers, Federal and State Authorities and other agencies as required.
  • Perform such other duties commensurate with the functions of ALRM Inc and this classification, as may be required.
  • Contribute positively to organisational management and support operations towards the achievement of organisational goals.
  • Support and work with people with diverse backgrounds, value systems, cultural differences and special needs.

Essential Criteria 

  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a Solicitor or Barrister of the Supreme Court of South Australia. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the criminal legal system, its requirements for effective client representation and its impact upon Aboriginal people.
  • Demonstrated experience as Solicitor and counsel in Magistrates Courts in criminal matters.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in relation to the delivery of legal services and in the wider community.
  • Capacity to work effectively in an Aboriginal organization. 
  • Commitment to delivering culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high-level organisational and administrative skills.
  • 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 and varied casework.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, office equipment and office systems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and share decision making.
  • Ability to demonstrate respect, approachability and mediation, consistency and model exemplary leadership qualities and behaviours.

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of Equal Opportunity, Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare standards.
  • An understanding of the objectives of Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc., its services and clients.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Organisation’s Core Values (Code of Ethics) and the Employee Conduct Policy.

Please direct applications of a one-page covering letter and with a Curriculum Vitae by the close of business Friday 17th February 2023 to: 

Amanda Lambden
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
321-325 King William St
Adelaide SA 5000

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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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