Agreement/Legal Support Officer

Tjiwarl Aboriginal Corporation
Perth
Eastern Suburbs
Legal
Generalists - In-house
Full time
Posted 24d ago
  • 2 positions
  • Fulltime role
  • Kewdale location with parking

About Us

The Tjiwarl Claimants are the native title holders (determined in May 2017) over approximately 13,000 square kilometres of land in the Northern Goldfields region of WA.

Tjiwarl (Aboriginal Corporation) was established to hold on trust the native title rights and interests of the Tjiwarl native title holders. The corporation is responsible for delivering core governance and operational activities, fulfils obligations under land use agreements, implements programs for the betterment of Tjiwarl native title holders, protects and preserves land and heritage for the Tjiwarl community.  

The Role

The primary objective of this position is to support In-House Counsel with: 

  1. Managing the legal agreement obligations of Tjiwarl AC & and relevant agreement parties for ongoing protection of Tjiwarl’s interests; and 
  2. Legal obligations of all Land Access and Future Acts Matters as well as other key Tjiwarl Agreements, contracts, programs and projects 

As a member of the team, this position will provide advice to In-House Counsel in its areas of accountability. 

The Duties:

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

MANAGEMENT TEAM AND ORGANISATIONAL GOVERNANCE 

  • Support to In-House Counsel with legal advice and compliance with the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) (CATSI Act), Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth), Native Title (Prescribed Bodies Corporate) Regulations 1999 (Cth) and Tjiwarl’s Constitution. 
  • Legal and commercial support on all facets of the corporation’s business as directed by In-House Counsel.

IN HOUSE COUNSEL SUPPORT

  • Provide professional legal support to the In-House Counsel, Board and stakeholders of Tjiwarl 
  • Assist in drafting and reviewing contracts and agreements.
  • Administrative support for negotiation with stakeholders including the Government, mining, partners and Tjiwarl members.
  • Supporting the developing, negotiating and managing of Native Title Agreements and contracts.
  • Supporting development of general legal policies, contracting frameworks, policies, procedures, risk assessments, and monitoring industry and regulatory updates.
  • Collaborate with Operations, Finance, Heritage departments and Professional Development to support legal adherence for special projects.

IMPLEMENTATION AND COMPLIANCE 

  • Support legal compliance with Comprehensive Agreements, Trust Deed and Tjiwarl Rule Book 
  • Assist to ensure Tjiwarl is complying legally with all its Land Access and Future Acts obligations under the Native Title Act and Service agreements. 
  • Maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders and agreement partners. 
  • Act on actions from key meetings; 
  • Report regularly to the In-House Counsel.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND MEETING TASKS 

  • Support key meetings with agreement partners, service providers and other significant stakeholders; 
  • Maintain electronic and manual files and keeping records up to date, secure and accessible, as appropriate; 
  • Adhere to compliance procedures; 
  • Periodic travel to the Goldfields region to attend meetings as required. 

 INTERNAL & EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS 

  • Manage all incoming and outgoing communications (e.g. telephone, electronic, hard copy and in person) from/to agreement partners, relevant service providers and other significant stakeholders, ensuring it is responsive, effective and approved by the CEO; 
  • Other duties as required by In-House Counsel and the CEO.

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Experience with drafting and managing agreements & contracts;
  • Experience working in the Native Title Sector, such as a RNTBC or Representative Body, or in a related role within a mining company, government sector, inhouse counsel or legal practice
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to work with a range of stakeholders to achieve outcomes; 
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise high level judgement and discretion, and to manage corporate compliance, contractual and legal issues in a not for profit / for purpose environment; 
  • Exceptional organisational skills and focus, including a capacity to prioritise tasks effectively and efficiently and manage time in accordance with strict deadlines, with meticulous attention to detail;
  • Cultural competence, particularly with Aboriginal people; 

Desirable:

  • Experience in Native Title law;
  • Knowledge of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) (CATSI Act), Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth), Native Title (Prescribed Bodies Corporate) Regulations 1999 (Cth), the Mining Act 1978 (WA), the Future Acts regime, Native Title Agreements and other relevant legislation.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Tertiary legal qualification and holding or being eligible to hold a current practising certificate as an Australian lawyer and/or considerable experience as a paralegal.

Salary & Benefits

Initially offered a contract to 30 June 2023 with an immediate start and probable extension.

A competitive salary will be negotiated based on skills and experience.

The role is based in Perth.

If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience, we would love to hear from you. 

To Apply

To apply: please email your application which should include a cover letter outlining your skills and experience relative to the essential criteria and your resume with contactable references to jrowell@hmsolutions.com.au 

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted when received. 

Closing Date: Monday 27th June 2022

Please note: Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.  All candidates will be assessed based on their suitability to the criteria. The corporation reserves the right to employ their candidate of choice. There will be no appeal process.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your Covid-19 vaccination status?
  • Have you completed qualification in legal services?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?

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