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Legal Officer | Broome

Advertiser: Kimberley Land CouncilMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
5 Feb 2020
Broome & Kimberley
Attractive remuneration with great benefits
Work Type
Full Time
Legal, Other

An exciting opportunity has become available at Kimberley Land Council (KLC) for a Legal Officer, to work as part of the dynamic and high achieving Legal team within the KLC.
The Legal Officer works in close collaboration with and direction of the Senior Legal Officer as part of a team that provides legal services to native title holders throughout the Kimberley region, predominantly in relation to the provision of legal services to Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs) in the post-determination context and also includes advising native title claim groups on future acts and agreements in relation to their country.

This position would suit someone who wants the opportunity to work for a well-established organisation with a reputation of delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal communities and people across the Kimberley region.
Based in Broome, North Western Australia, this position requires you to travel across the beautiful remote Kimberley region, including overnight stays. This position is available for an immediate start with a contract until June 2021 with a possibility of extension subject to funding.

Covering the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia, the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) commenced in 1978 and was formed by Kimberley Aboriginal people as a political land rights organisation. It has become the peak Indigenous body in the Kimberley, working with Aboriginal people to secure native title recognition, conduct conservation and land management activities and develop cultural business enterprises.

The KLC has been the recognised native title representative body (NTRB) for the Kimberley region since 1998. As an NTRB, the KLC has statutory functions under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)to assist Aboriginal people to obtain recognition of, and fully enjoy, their native title rights and interests. The KLC has achieved native title determinations over more than 93% of the Kimberley region. The KLC’s primary client base is now prescribed bodies corporate who have statutory functions in respect of the native title determination areas.

About the role (duties)
• Provide legal advice to PBCs, native title holders and native title claimants in the Kimberley in relation to the protection and preservation of native title rights and interests and future act matters.
• Attend meetings with PBCs, native title holders and native title claimants often in remote locations, to obtain instructions, provide legal advice, and interview witnesses and record evidence in affidavit form.
• Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of legal services to PBCs and native title claimants.
• Represent native title holders and native title claimants in future act matters before the National Native Title Tribunal and assist with proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia.
• Liaise with and coordinate external consultants, including counsel, anthropologists, historians and linguists as required.
• Undertake research on legal and policy issues relevant to traditional owners across the Kimberley region, in particular in relation to native title and future act issues.
• Escalate complex, serious and sensitive matters as appropriate, to your supervisor.
• Actively participate in continuous improvement and make recommendations for improvement.
• Maintain files and records as required.
• Participate in performance appraisals, consistent with the KLC’s staff performance management policy, including the identification of training and development needs.

1. Admitted (or eligible for immediate admission) as a solicitor in an Australian jurisdiction, including in the High Court of Australia.
2. Demonstrated experience in any or all of relevant fields of law: native title; property; land management; local government; mining law; corporations; general litigation, or environmental law.
3. Demonstrated experience with Sate and Commonwealth legislative frameworks and the jurisdiction of Federal Courts and Tribunals.
4. Knowledge of the Native Title Act1993 (Cth), Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (WA), and the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).
5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrating capacity to communicate with diverse groups in challenging situations.
6. Highly organised, able to meet deadlines and excellent attention to detail;
7. Ability to work independently with little supervision or as part of a high performing multidisciplinary team.
8. Preparedness to travel including by air and at times, to remote locations.
9. Current drivers’ licence for manual vehicle.
1. Previous experience in a similar role.

Salary and Benefits:
An attractive salary package with significant benefits including 5 weeks’ annual leave, relocation, leave loading, district allowance, rental subsidy and the option to salary sacrifice up to $15,889 per annum will be offered to the successful candidates.

How to Apply:
Click APPLY and provide a covering letter introducing yourself and explaining why you have applied for this position, your current resume, and a detailed response to the selection criteria

Applications must be received prior to COB Friday 21 February 2020.

We reserve the right to commence recruitment proceedings immediately and to close this advertisement early should a candidate be located.

Indigenous people are encouraged to apply.

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