Deputy Associate - Darwin


Position Details

Title Deputy Associate

Division Federal Circuit Court of Australia

Branch Judicial Services

Classification Australian Public Service Level 4 (APS 4)

Salary $65,395 - $71,003 per annum, plus superannuation

Employment type Non-ongoing, full-time for period of 12 months with possible extensions

Location Darwin, NT

Position number 6339

Reports to Manager, Court and Tribunal Services Darwin, NT


The Federal Court of Australia entity is the administrative organisation that engages employees under
the Public Service Act 1999 to work in support of one or more of the following courts or Tribunal:

  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Family Court of Australia
  • Federal Circuit Court of Australia, and
  • National Native Title Tribunal.


The Courts Administration Legislation Amendment Act 2016 established the Federal Court entity
however, each court continues to maintain its distinct statutory identity, with separate functions and
judicial independence.

Employees are covered by the Federal Court of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2018–2021.

Jurisdiction

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia was established by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Act 1999
(the Act) as an independent federal court under Chapter III of the Australian Constitution. Prior to 12
April 2013, under the Federal Magistrates Act 1999, the Court was known as the Federal Magistrates
Court and its judicial officers as federal magistrates. The Court was established to handle less complex
matters in the areas of family law and general federal law.

The Court sits in all capital cities, selected major regional centres and circuits to a number of regional
locations. The Court is a federal court of record and a court of law and equity.

The Family Court of Australia, through its specialist judges and staff, assists Australians to resolve their
most complex legal family disputes. The Family Court is a superior court of record established by
Parliament in 1975 under Chapter 3 of the Constitution.

The purpose of the Court, as Australia’s superior court in family law, is to:

  • determine cases with the most complex law, facts and parties
  • cover specialised areas in family law, and
  • provide national coverage as the appellate court in family law matters.

The Court maintains registries in all Australian states and territories except Western Australia.

Position Overview

The Deputy Associate is part of a team providing assistance to the Judge in the day-to-day case
management of Chambers and Court. The Deputy Associate works closely with the Judge to assist
with legal research for Judgments and the preparation of orders. The role of the Deputy Associate
includes managing Chambers in the Associate’s absence.

Associates provide legal research, in-court and other support for the Judge of the Federal Circuit
Court, and work collectively as part of a team, including registry staff. Associates are expected to work
with multiple clients from various backgrounds to help ensure the court proceedings are managed
effectively and efficiently.

Duties

1. Undertake the Court Officer role with a high capability to communicate with the court’s various
clients and to manage vulnerable witnesses.

2. Assist the Associate in the day-to-day running of chambers including responding to enquiries,
updating the case management systems, preparation of orders and the typing of judgments.

3. Ability to competently manage (or ability to learn) IT systems to conduct virtual hearings.

4. Manage Chambers in the absence of the Associate and work with the Registry staff in regards to
court preparation in Darwin and for circuits.

5. Undertake legal research as required by the Judge.

6. Other duties as required.

Competencies & Attributes

Associates provide legal research, in-court and other support for the Judge of the Federal Circuit
Court, and work collectively as part of a team, including registry staff. Associates are expected to work
with multiple clients from various backgrounds to help ensure the court proceedings are managed
effectively and efficiently.

Formal Qualifications

Legal qualifications are essential and legal work experience is highly regarded

Special Requirements

The ability to travel on court circuits to Alice Springs and Adelaide on a regular basis.

Selection Criteria

1. Strong oral and written communication skills with a good capability to liaise with people at all
levels with diverse backgrounds and languages.

2. Demonstrated organisational skills, including the ability to manage several processes at once.

3. Demonstrated high-level keyboard skills and ability to use various software including Microsoft
Office applications, Internet resources and the ability to acquire skills in video/audio technology.

4. The ability to adapt to changing situations and priorities and participate in collaborative work
practices.

5. The ability to travel on circuits, predominantly to Alice Springs and Adelaide on a regular basis.

6. Experience and knowledge in a legal environment and or court practices.

7. A demonstrated understanding and commitment to the application of the Australian Public
Service (APS) Values, to abide by the APS Code of Conduct and the ability to comply with the
principles of Workplace Diversity and Occupational Health and Safety.

8. Ability to undertake legal research (Highly desirable).

How to Apply

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To be considered you will need to:

  • enter a comprehensive statement of claims against the selection criteria (maximum 1 page)
detailing how your experience and skills relate to the position description and selection
criteria
  • upload an up to date resume
  • upload relevant qualifications

by 11:55pm AEDT on 2 November 2020.

For more information contact Helen Rose, Manager Court and Tribunal Services, by email
helen.rose@familycourt.gov.au or phone 08 8982 0812.