Opportunities for Aboriginal Advocates

Published on 08/10/2019

The following job opportunities are currently available. These positions require a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. This is a genuine occupational qualification under Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act.


Aboriginal Paralegal, Tenants' Union of NSW, Surry Hills.

Permanent Part-time, 21 hours per week


Burralgaa Walaay by Mil
Burralgaa Walaay (Brolga’s Camp/Nest/Home) by Millmullian, commissioned by the Tenants' Union. This painting shows two Brolgas caring for their eggs in a nest that they built together. The Brolgas are celebrating the security and love in which they will nurture their future young. The five concentric circles represent the different locations where the Brolga’s may nest given the right conditions. The red arched lines represent the water and giver of life they need to provide for their young.

The Tenants Union works towards a society in which people in NSW can access safe, secure and affordable rental housing.  We are a Community Legal Centre specialising in housing law and the peak organisation for tenants in NSW. We use a strategic mix of legal action, education, policy solutions and advocacy to make a difference in the lives of people who rent. In undertaking our work, we help people and communities understand their rights and take action to defend their rights and the rights of others.

This role is offered in partnership with Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation, the peak body for First Nations lawyers and law students in New South Wales. Ngalaya will offer ongoing support and mentorship opportunities to the Aboriginal Paralegal, and involve them in Ngalaya projects. The level and style of support can be negotiated with the Aboriginal Paralegal to be responsive to their ongoing career, academic and cultural needs and development.
This position will make a critical difference to housing outcomes for Aboriginal renters in NSW.  

A part-time Paralegal (Aboriginal) is required to join the legal practice of the Centre working in the area of housing issues of Aboriginal clients. The successful candidate will support the work of the solicitor assisting Aboriginal clients by liaising with clients and witnesses, undertaking legal research, drafting documents, filing and serving documents, managing files and giving other administrative support.

You will be part of a supportive team of lawyers and a network of Aboriginal advocates. Our office is located in Surry Hills, Sydney, close to Central train station. You will also be expected to travel within New South Wales from time to time.

Salary range $77,577 - $81,629 (pro rata) per annum plus salary packaging and generous conditions.

Please see the job description and additional information below.

Applications must address the selection criteria and attach a resume.

Please email your application to recruitment@tenants.org.au

Applications close 5pm Monday 11 November 2019.

For further information:

Grant Arbuthnot, Principal Legal Officer Tenants’ Union, 8117 3704


Tenancy Services Manager, Western Aboriginal Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service (WATAAS), Dubbo.

Temporary full time


The Tenancy Services Manager is primarily responsible to:

  • Provide strategic advice to the ALS regarding the operations of either the GSATS or WATAAS services consistent with the roles, responsibilities and obligations detailed within the Funding Agreement with Fair Trading NSW;
  • Ensure that operational and statistical reports, work plans, reviews and other relevant information are developed, maintained and provided in line with the Funding Agreement;
  • Manage, support and provide direction to the Tenancy employees to ensure that high quality and effective services are provided to clients and stakeholders of the service;
  • Ensure that the Tenancy services administrative systems and procedures are regularly reviewed and maintained to ensure they are adequate and appropriate to the needs of the clients, ALS, Fair Trading NSW and other relevant stakeholders.

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.

For further information:

Michael Higgins, Senior Manager, Policy and Community Partnerships, michael.higgins@alsnswact.org.au
02 9213 4100



Tenant Advocate, Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenants Service (GSATS), St Mary's.

Temporary full time


The Tenant Advocate is primarily responsible to:

  • Provide advice, advocacy and community education and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with their tenancy matters;
  • Provide assistance to tenants including telephone advice regarding the Residential Tenancy Act; negotiations with landlords; assist with applications for housing support;
  • Identify the advice, advocacy and community education needs of Aboriginal tenants and implement developed strategies to assist access to the Tenancy services;
  • Liaise with regional networks, other tenant related services and the Tenants' Union to coordinate the delivery of Community Education services to tenants;
  • Assist, support and represent tenants at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.

For further information:

Stephen Fields, Tenancy Manager, sfields_gsats@alsnswact.org.au 02 9833 3314