Employment opportunities 2022-05-29T21:34:28+09:30

Work with us! The Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS) is expanding and are now advertising two new opportunities to join our team. 

Principal Lawyer

TEWLS seeks a Principal Lawyer (5 years PAE+) to join our vibrant and expanding team and help achieve our vision – a community in which women enjoy and are entitled to legal and social justice.

  • Competitive remuneration package (SCHADS Level 7.1 $100,260.16 – 8.3 $113,062.56), including 10% superannuation, salary sacrifice and six (6) weeks’ annual leave with leave loading
  • Permanent, full-time preferred position
  • No billable targets, sustainable caseloads, and a supportive environment dedicated to developing employee wellbeing and resilience
  • The opportunity to use your legal skills to address gender inequity and support vulnerable women in the community
  • An energised, passionate, and high-achieving team

ABOUT TEWLS

TEWLS is a community legal centre providing legal services for all women and persons identifying as women in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Based in beautiful Darwin, TEWLS provides high quality, holistic, trauma-informed and culturally secure legal advice, casework and representation, community legal education, and advocacy in the areas of civil, family and migration law. As a front-line women’s service, the majority of TEWLS’ clients present having experienced or experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence.

TEWLS provides a vital role for women in the Top End. At an individual level, the service responds to and facilitates women’s experiences and realities, with specialist and responsive legal services. At a systemic level, clients’ collective experiences establish a salient foundation and platform for informed service advocacy and calls for systemic improvement and change.

In 2022 and as a result of service expansion, a new executive structure has been approved by the TEWLS Management Committee to optimize client service impact, and support growth and sustainability – a Chief Executive Officer and Principal Lawyer.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Forming part of our specialist women’s practice, and in consultation and collaboration with the TEWLS Chief Executive Officer, the Principal Lawyer will lead and operate TEWLS’ legal practice in line with the service’s Strategic Plan, providing a leadership and coordination role in the provision of legal services in the areas of family and civil law. The Principal Lawyer will also lead the service’s community engagement building, community legal education (CLE) and policy and law reform activities.

The Principal Lawyer will demonstrate integrity, clear communication, long term and sustainable thinking, and initiative to direct the work of the legal practice, giving direction and leadership that is strategic, reasoned, and boundaried, in collaboration with the TEWLS Chief Executive Officer. The Principal Lawyer will further drive the development and expansion of the legal practice in line with the service’s strategic goals, while monitoring the practice’s performance against TEWLS’ strategic objectives and funding requirements.

Notably, TEWLS’ specialist practice provides meaningful, varied, interesting, and complex legal work, within a supportive and trauma-informed environment.

If you are looking for a unique opportunity to use your legal skillset while leading a passionate team in the breath-taking tropics, this role is for you!

TO APPLY

Applications for the position must be submitted by 11:59pm Sunday 19 June 2022.

Applicants for this position must address the selection criteria, found within the position description here. Applications are to be submitted by email to cweatherbyfell@tewls.org.au.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Caitlin Weatherby-Fell, Acting Managing Solicitor on (08) 8982 3000.

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Client Support Officer

TEWLS seeks a Client Support Officer to join our vibrant and expanding team and help achieve our vision – a community in which women enjoy and are entitled to legal and social justice.

  • Competitive remuneration package (SCHADS Level 2.1 $57,532.28 – 3.4 $68,953.04), including 10% superannuation, salary sacrifice and six (6) weeks’ annual leave with leave loading
  • Contract, full-time preferred position
  • No billable targets, sustainable caseloads, and a supportive environment dedicated to developing employee wellbeing and resilience
  • The opportunity to use your client support skills to address gender inequity and support vulnerable women in the community
  • An energised, passionate, and high-achieving team

ABOUT TEWLS

TEWLS is a community legal centre providing legal services for all women and persons identifying as women in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Based in beautiful Darwin, TEWLS provides high quality, holistic, trauma-informed and culturally secure legal advice, casework and representation, community legal education, and advocacy in the areas of civil, family and migration law. As a front-line women’s service, the majority of TEWLS’ clients present having experienced or experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence.

TEWLS provides a vital role for women in the Top End. At an individual level, the service responds to and facilitates women’s experiences and realities, with specialist and responsive legal services. At a systemic level, clients’ collective experiences establish a salient foundation and platform for informed service advocacy and calls for systemic improvement and change.

ABOUT THE ROLE

Forming part of our Temporary Visa Holders Experiencing Violence Pilot (the Pilot), which includes the provision of legal advice and support on migration matters and related legal issues, including family law. With the Pilot currently funded to 31 May 2023, the Client Support Officer will assist in the Pilot’s day-to-day operations, including working directly with clients to support positive outcomes for temporary visa holders and women without visas escaping violent relationships, and liaising with Pilot stakeholders and partners. Under the supervision of the TEWLS Chief Executive Officer and in collaboration with the Pilot Lawyer, the Client Support Officer will provide high quality and culturally appropriate administrative and customer service support to the service and its client base, critical to the successful running of the Pilot and more broadly, TEWLS.

Notably, TEWLS’ specialist and multidisciplinary practice provides meaningful, varied, interesting, and complex legal and non-legal work, within a supportive and trauma-informed environment.

If you are looking for a unique opportunity while working in the breath-taking tropics, this role is for you!

TO APPLY

Applications for the position must be submitted by 11:59pm Sunday 19 June 2022.

Applicants for this position must address the selection criteria, found within the position description here. Applications are to be submitted by email to cweatherbyfell@tewls.org.au.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Caitlin Weatherby-Fell, Acting Managing Solicitor on (08) 8982 3000.

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Neither of the above opportunities right for you? If you still wish to get involved in the work of TEWLS, we would love your support! You can find more information about volunteering, as well as internship and placement opportunities here.

“Quick Exit” button

The TEWLS website has a “quick exit” button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

This button will close the TEWLS website and open the Bureau of Meteorology website. You may need to use this button if you are worried that someone is watching you use the computer or that you have been looking at the TEWLS website.

The “quick exit” button does not delete your browse history. This means that if someone checks your browser history, they will be able to see that you have visited then TEWLS website.

Do you speak a language other than English?

If you would like to speak to TEWLS with an interpreter:

You can call TEWLS on 1800 234 441 and ask to speak to us with an interpreter. We can organise this for free.You will need to tell us your name, your phone number and the language that you speak. We will then call you back with an interpreter on the phone.

TEWLS are able to organise interpreters for most languages, including Aboriginal languages and Auslan.

You can also organise for TEWLS to contact you:

To organise for TEWLS to contact you, please complete the form through the “Make an Appointment” button on the TEWLS home page.

Do you want to access the TEWLS website in a language other than English?

If you would like to listen to the TEWLS website in an
Aboriginal language:

TEWLS has had four Top End Aboriginal languages recorded for this website. You can click the “play” button to listen to these recordings.

The languages that are currently available are:

  • – Murrinh-Patha
  • – Tiwi
  • – Warlpiri
  • – Yolngu Matha

If you would like to read the TEWLS website in a language other than English:

The TEWLS website is able to be translated to lots of different languages. To change the language settings, press “Select Language” in the top bar and choose the language that you speak.

More about hiding your history

Remember, deleting large parts of your internet history may be dangerous. This is because it may tell someone that you do not want your internet history to be found.

If you need help with online safety and/or technological safety, you can visit the eSafety Commissioner website here or you can call 1800 RESPECT on their 24-hour telephone counselling and support service. If you are in danger, you should call the Police on 000.