North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency - Katherine
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North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), Katherine
Applicant with a 'broad mind' who can 'jump in and get their hands dirty', willing to do bush travel and genuinely interested in working in this sector/area.
About this Legal Assistance Service (LAS):
This placement is with the Katherine Office, Civil Section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). Supervised by the Senior Solicitor of the Civil Section, the student will have many opportunities including drafting letters/documents, client interviews, taking instructions, research tasks, file work and the opportunity to travel to remote communities approximately once a month.
The Civil team comprises 5 civil lawyers, 1 Ashurst lawyer who is on secondment and 3 client support officers/PAs.
NAAJA Civil Law solicitors provide advice on areas of civil law and representation including:
- Child protection matters (including a duty service)
- Complaints about government services and departments (e.g. police, prison officers)
- Compensation claims against police and other government departments (e.g. false imprisonment, assault)
- Discrimination and human rights
- Coronial inquests
- Alcohol Protection Orders
- Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Tribunal representation
- Housing complaints and advocacy
- Centrelink debts and complaints
- Seizure of motor vehicles under The Liquor Act and Misuse of Drugs Act
- Adult guardianship matters
- Statutory compensation schemes (i.e. Motor Accident and Victims of Crime Compensation)
- Consumer matters (credit, debt, motor vehicle sales and repairs)
- Health care complaints
NAAJA Katherine Civil holds civil advice clinics where solicitors travel regularly to the following remote communities to provide advice: Lajamanu; Kalkarindji (Wave Hill); Dagaragu; Yarralin; Timber Creek; Bulla; Barunga; Beswick; Bulman; Urapunga; Ngukurr; and Numbulwar. There are also Katherine town camps (Binjari, Kalano, Rockhole, Warlpiri Camp) which are travelled to on an as needs basis.
Often called the 'Crossroads of the North' because of its location, Katherine is the fourth largest town in the Northern Territory and is located 312 km south-east of Darwin on the Katherine River. The total population of the region is just over 24,000 people of which 60% identify as Indigenous.
The Katherine Region is 336,674 square kilometers, or almost the size of the Australian State of Victoria.
The Katherine Region boasts the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. Treasures around Katherine include Borroloola and the Gulf Region across the Roper River - Elsey National Park, Mataranka Thermal Pools, the majestic scenery of the Victoria River Region, Pine Creek and the Douglas and Daly River areas. Katherine is ideally positioned as a base from which to explore all the Top End has to offer. Located only a couple of hours from Kakadu, Litchfield and Gregory National Parks, the town of Katherine is the central hub of the region.
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) – Katherine Office
Phone: 08 8972 5000
Address: 32 Katherine Terrace, Katherine 0851
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