Social Worker Aboriginal Legal Service NSW ACT


  • Newcastle, NSW
  • Full-time
  • Fixed term to June 2025

This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. 

Be part of establishing a wraparound service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are at risk of, experiencing or are survivors of family and domestic violence. 

This role suits a Social Worker who is passionate about delivering a service that is bridging gaps and connecting in with culture and community. 


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

This role is part of the new Legal Assistance for Women program in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter regions. It will have the opportunity to set up a best practice social work service and provide ongoing case management to women at risk of or affected by family and domestic violence. 

The Social Worker is part of a team of solicitors, paralegals, community engagement and administration staff that all work together to provide holistic care for our clients. 


What you’ll bring to the role

  • Identify and be recognised in the community as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander woman – this is an identified position under Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977
  • Demonstrated experience in social work, case management or related field
  • Demonstrated experience working with women who are vulnerable to or at risk of domestic and family violence
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to start a social work service from the ground up 
  • Current NSW driver’s licence with the ability to travel intrastate and carry passengers
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees 
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload


How to apply

  1. Please go to to download the application package for this position. 
  2. Please submit the completed application package, along with your Cover Letter and CV to Rebecca Hadfield, Policy & Projects Officer (Family Violence Prevention) at [email protected]
  3. For enquiries or a confidential yarn, contact Rebecca at [email protected] or 02 4914 6554


Applications close 9:00am on Monday 21August 2023.

Please apply promptly, as we may consider applications and interview during the application period.



Aboriginal Legal Service NSW ACT

Job Salary

Full time