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A position at NAAFLS offers the unique opportunity to work in remote Top End Indigenous Communities providing legal advice, community education, client assistance and support to victims of family violence. We are a diverse, friendly and supportive team that takes pride in our individual and collective achievements. At NAAFLS we welcome enquiries from people with a passion for the law and indigenous affairs. 

Why Work for NAAFLS?

  • 6 weeks Annual Leave
  • Salary Sacrifice 
  • Extensive travel to remote communities with Travel Allowance
  • Work Laptop and Mobile Phone
  • Extensive training to carry out your daily duties
  • Opportunities to advance your career
  • Opportunities for ongoing training and support
  • A supportive and positive team environment with supportive management


Principal Legal Officer

Darwin based

NAAFLS is a non-government Aboriginal Corporation funded by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the purpose of providing legal advice, representation and community legal education to Aboriginal people living in Communities and small towns across the Top End of the Northern Territory. NAAFLS provides advice and representation to the victims of Domestic Violence, to Family Law clients and to families who are the subject of Child Protection Applications or Orders. Other work includes the preparation of wills, Victims of Crime Compensation Claims and assistance and support with housing applications or disputes.

Selection Criteria:

  • Eligibility for an Unrestricted Practising Certificate as a Barrister or Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.
  • No less than 5 years post admission experience, a demonstrated capacity to prepare and conduct defended matters as Counsel in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia for Family Law clients, the Local Court in the Child Protection jurisdiction for Aboriginal family members and the Summary Jurisdiction in regard to Domestic Violence for clients who have been the victims of Domestic Violence.
  • Capacity to supervise, mentor and manage the work of the legal team comprised of lawyers, para-legals and volunteer law students.
  • A willingness to travel  by road and or light aircraft to remote Aboriginal Communities, to undertake cultural education so as to have the capacity to work closely with Aboriginal Communities to  support community initiatives to  reduce family violence and to assist with the provision of culturally appropriate Community Legal Education, advice and representation.
  • Where appropriate to contribute to Law Reform, the development of legal policy consistent with the goals and objectives of the organisation, the development and provision of community legal education and to initiate and maintain the Corporation’s relationships with other organisations.

This is an important leadership position within an Aboriginal Legal Service which prides itself on best practice. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the Aboriginal clients of NAAFLS by ensuring they receive comprehensive, timely and sensitive legal advice and representation.  The successful applicant will have excellent oral and written communication skills, the capacity to think outside of the square, a genuine desire and commitment to social justice, the capacity to lead a dynamic legal team and to work in a collegiate manner with management and   staff from diverse backgrounds.

A generous package commensurate with experience will be offered to the successful applicant.

Please direct any enquiries to or phone Wendy Jennings on 08 89238200.

Applications close 28 February 2020 and must address the selection criteria above.  

Please email completed applications to  Contact or phone Wendy Jennings on 08 89238200 for any enquiries.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please Note: It is a requirement that prior to commencement of the role the successful applicant possess an Ochre card (Working with children clearance) , a National Criminal History Check ( within 3 months) and a current NT driver’s licence or the ability to obtain one.

Click here to access the Position Description


Expression of Interest - Member Directors

NAAFLS is now in the process of strengthening corporate governance by increasing the number of Directors on the Board.

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