Senior Legal Officer

Future Acts, Mining and Exploration (FAME) Unit
Engagement and Development Support Team

  • Position Location: Cairns (or otherwise as may be agreed)
  • Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time
  • Salary: $120,740.64

About Us

The North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) is the recognised Native Title Representative Body for its region, representing approximately 38,000 Aboriginal traditional owners and residents. NQLC’s region covers approximately 943,300 km2 of lands and waters and is appointed by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), to assist Aboriginal people with all aspects of their native title claims.

About the Role

As Senior Legal Officer you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the strong performance of the NQLC’s statutory functions as a Native Title Representative Body under the Native Title Act 1993, and to provide legal advice to native title parties and holders and the NQLC as directed and information in relation to future acts as required.

This position is in NQLC’s Future Acts, Mining and Exploration (FAME) Unit which forms part of the Engagement and Development Support Team (EDST), alongside the PBC Support Unit. The Senior Legal Officer position will report directly to the Senior Legal Officer-Coordinator, FAME Unit and Manager EDST.

Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years practice with preferred practice experience in corporate, commercial, environmental or property law. Applicants must have a proven ability to interrogate legal issues and provide sound legal advice. Applicants must have high level drafting and effective negotiation skills.

Applicants will need to demonstrate a sensitivity and understanding of current Indigenous issues and aspirations and be able to effectively communicate with Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons are particularly encouraged to apply.

A Position Description including Selection Criteria for this position can be downloaded below.

All applicants must address the Selection Criteria in their Application and provide a current CV and two current referees.

Applications should be marked ‘Confidential’ and addressed to the Chief Executive Officer at

Position Description