Employment opportunities 2020-04-08T07:52:43+09:30

Solicitor & Project Officer

12 month contract for service

1+ years PAE

Are you a solicitor with one or more years PAE and a commitment to women’s issues? The Top End Women’s Legal Service Inc. (TEWLS) is seeking a Solicitor & Project Officer to join our vibrant, busy and dedicated practice.


TEWLS is a not for profit specialist women’s legal service providing free legal services for women in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Our purpose is to advocate to achieve justice for women, to promote women’s human rights, and to redress inequalities experienced by women.

TEWLS provides high quality, responsive and culturally appropriate legal advice, casework and representation, community legal education, and advocacy in the areas of civil and family law to women living in the Greater Darwin region. TEWLS is able to provide free legal advice to all women, or persons identifying as women, regardless of their circumstances.

TEWLS’ vision is a community in which women enjoy and are entitled to legal and social justice.

About the position

The Solicitor & Project Officer reports to the Managing Solicitor, and will:

  1. Provide general legal advice to women at free legal advice clinics.
  2. Provide an outreach legal advice and casework service to women within the Darwin Region.
  3. With the assistance of other TEWLS staff, identity the legal issues relevant to women within the Darwin region and develop law reform projects in these areas.
  4. Provide TEWLS with feedback on a regular basis concerning the legal needs of women within the Darwin region.
  5. With the assistance of other TEWLS staff, identify the legal issues relevant to women within the Darwin region and develop and present appropriate community legal education seminars and materials in these areas.
  6. Liaise and meet regularly with key stakeholders who work with women within the Darwin region.
  7. Represent TEWLS at meetings as required.
  8. Undertake personal administrative duties within TEWLS as required.
  9. Participate in staff meetings and other TEWLS planning activities.
  10. Other duties as direct by the Managing Solicitor.

If you wish to apply for the position and join a small energised, collegiate, and high achieving team, please submit a resume and accompanying statement addressing both essential and desirable selection criteria by email to admin@tewls.org.au, Attn: Vanessa Lethlean.

Applications close 12:00am ACST 26 April 2020.

If you want 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.