Central Land Employement – Regional Lawyer

Website Central Land Council

Job Description:

This position is one of a team of lawyers in the legal section of the Central Land Council (CLC) who provide legal representation and advice to traditional Aboriginal owners and Native Title holders in relation to a variety oflegal matters under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (ALRA) and the exercise of Native Title rights and matters arising from the Native Title Act 1993 (NTA). This position will primarily work on a regional basis undertaking necessary legal tasks within the region they are assigned

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the conduct of negotiations with mining companies and others seeking access to land in the CLC region.
  • Assist and advise in relation to economic development on Aboriginal land, including developing corporate structures, drafting contractual arrangements, and scrutinising financial matters.
  • Provide advice to CLC in respect to the performance of its statutory functions under the ALRA.
  • Provide advice to the CLC and to staff of the CLC on legislative and policy issues arising from the ALRA and other Commonwealth and Territory legislation and law.
  • Represent the CLC in Courts and Tribunals as required.
  • Engage in effective consultations with, and take instructions from, traditional Aboriginal owners and Native Title holders as required.
  • Represent, assist and advise traditional Aboriginal owners in matters arising from the acquisition, use, occupation and management of Aboriginal Land under the ALRA.
  • Assist and advise Native Title holders in legal aspects of the CLC’s role as a Native Title representative body pursuant to the NTA.
  • Assist in the development of appropriate skills experience and expertise of CLC staff, and in particular, Aboriginal staff members.
  • Disseminate information according to Council guidelines to the Council’s constituent communities.
  • Other duties that are safe, legal and logical while being within limits of the employee’s skills, competence and training consistent with the classification structure.

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision and have adaptable and flexible attitudes and approaches to work.
  • Qualified to be admitted as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory.
  • Capacity to provide legal representation and advice to traditional Aboriginal owners on relevant legal matters.
  • An understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people living in remote localities.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Preparedness to travel and work in remote areas. Appropriate level of health and fitness to meet the rigour of remote fieldwork including driving long distances in a 4WD vehicle, changing tyres and lifting up to 20kg as necessary.
  • Good interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate effectively with people, particularly Aboriginal people.
  • A current NT driver’s licence and the ability to operate four-wheel drive vehicles safely in remote localities.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Experience in providing legal and policy advice.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal organisations and/or issues.
  • Experience in commercial legal matters.

Job Details:

Company: Central Land Council

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, AU

Application Deadline: N/A

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