Manager, Mental Health Advocacy and Referral Service Aboriginal Legal Service NSW ACT


Manager, Mental Health & Advocacy & Referral Service (MHARS) – Criminal Law Practice

Redfern/ Flexible

Fixed-term contract (to 30 June 2025)

About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

It’s an exciting time for the ALS, with both our services and teams growing significantly. We recently received additional government funding to deliver a range of new programs aimed at addressing systemic issues and driving structural reforms. This is creating unprecedented opportunities for the ALS and our communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees, and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.

About the role

The purposeof this role is to lead and coordinate the new Mental Health Advocacy and Referral Service (MHARS), a pilot program providing holistic support and referrals to clients of the Criminal Law Practice at Redfern, Parramatta and Wagga Wagga with mental health and/or cognitive impairments.

What you’ll bring to the role

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees
  • Qualifications in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling or related field
  • Previous client-facing experience in the legal assistance or social support sectors, including experience developing client case plans and providing case management
  • Project and/or program management experience, ideally in the set-up of client service delivery programs
  • Excellent people management skills and the ability to manage a small team of allied health professionals
  • Knowledge the intersecting legal and non-legal needs of Aboriginal people who are in contact with the criminal legal system 
  • A consultative and collaborative style of working
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, planning, organisation and time management skills
  • Highly attuned verbal and written communication skills and the ability to influence and negotiate with relevantstakeholders
  • Ability to self-manage workload and manage competing priorities with ease
  • High level of integrity including ability to identify risks, maintain confidentiality and work professionally
  • Current unrestricted driver’slicence and abilityto travel to regional locations
  • Desirable: Identify and be recognised in the community as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person 
  • Desirable: Experience providing supervision and management to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff

How to apply

Please go to to download the application package for this position and to review the role requirements. 

Role enquiries: Jemima McCaughan, Implementation Manager, New Programs T 02 9213 4125

Please submit the completed application package to: [email protected] 

Applications for this position close at COB Thursday 31 August 2023.



Aboriginal Legal Service NSW ACT

Job Salary

Full time