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Coordinator - First Nations Services

Government of Western Australia - Perth, WA

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


Being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island decent is a genuine occupational qualification for this position within the meaning of section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. Therefore, only applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island will be considered.

Our vision is to continue to widen access to justice in a culturally safe and inclusive environment. We are committed to just and equitable treatment for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

If you want to help us achieve our vision this opportunity could be the one for you!

About the role

Legal Aid’s First Nations Staff Network has developed a First Nations Strategic Plan to improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in Western Australia. This involves delivering culturally informed and safe services, increasing awareness and accessibility of our services, deepening our expertise in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander specific legal issues, increasing our employment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander staff and addressing systemic problems in our justice system.

This newly created diverse role will coordinate delivery of the Plan. You will work closely with our managers and directors to develop detailed project plans whilst building networks and collaborating with stakeholders across WA.

You will also play an important mentoring role to our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander staff and further embed the role of the First Nations Staff Network within Legal Aid.

In addition, this role provides an opportunity to directly service our clients by assisting in the provision of community legal education and paralegal services. Don’t worry if you haven’t had previous experience in this area as training will be provided.

About you

We are looking for a self-starter with strong organisational, planning and communication skills (both written and verbal).

The successful candidate will understand the WA legal system and have sound knowledge of systemic issues adversely affecting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

A good understanding of culturally appropriate employment, development and retention practices in the workplace is also important.

About us and what we can offer you

We offer a strong team working environment, the satisfaction of adding value to the community, and a range of benefits in line with business requirements, which may include professional development opportunities, flexible working and leave arrangements, and a range of health and wellbeing initiatives.

Legal Aid WA is an independent statutory authority funded by the State Government and Commonwealth Governments. We provide services to over 100,000 clients each year in the areas of criminal, family and civil law across Western Australia.

Legal Aid WA is a provider of customer centred services and fosters a culture of inclusion. We appreciate differing viewpoints and cultural diversity and value all perspectives as we strive for excellent customer service through process improvements and innovation.

Please visit to find out more about us.

Further information

Download the documents attached for more information about applying for the role.

If you would like to talk to someone about the job, please contact Colleen Pearson, Senior HR Consultant on tel: (08) 9261 6258 or email Colleen.Pearson@legalaid.wa.gov.au.


The attached Job Description Form (JDF) provides an overview of the role, along with the selection criteria against which you will be assessed throughout the selection process. Alignment with Legal Aid’s values will also be considered in the panel’s assessment of candidates. Please take time to familiarise yourself with the role prior to applying.

How to Apply

Applications are made online. In addition to the questions being asked in the online application, you should also submit:

  • A comprehensive CV (max. 5 pages) that showcases your talents and key achievements relevant to the role; and
  • A cover letter (max. 2 pages) outlining your relevant experience to the role (use the JDF to focus your application);
Click the “Apply for Job” button at bottom of this page to submit your application. APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED VIA

Please allow enough time to submit your application, as late applications will not be accepted.

Failure to submit the required information may result in the selection panel being unable to fully assess your application.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties submitting your application online, contact (08) 9261 6496 and quote recruitment ID LA21066.

Substantive Equality

Legal Aid WA is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, young people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for positions within our organisation.

Other Conditions

This selection process may also be used to fill other similar vacancies throughout our organisation. Alternatively, should the successful candidate decline or vacate the advertised position, the next most suitable candidate may be selected from this process. Both options remain valid for a period of six (6) months (unless otherwise stated) from the completion date of the initial selection process. Should no suitable candidate be identified, or an offer declined, the panel may search for further candidates beyond the closing date.

Appointment to all positions at Legal Aid WA is subject to a satisfactory national criminal history check, integrity and conflict checks, and 100-point identification check. Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage will be required prior to an employment offer being made.

Government of Western Australia