Director, Legal Practice

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: EO3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20002208A
Closing Date: 06-Nov-2018
Salary Range: $178,500 - $231,439
Job Duration: Up to five (5) years
Attachments: Director Legal Practice EO 3.pdf (PDF, 232KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Acting Inspector Jackie URQUHART
03 9247 6951 or

Position Details

Director Legal Practice

About the role:

The Director, Legal Practice role provides authoritative expert advice to the Executive Director and Victoria Police Command on matters of legal significance, including risks and opportunities for the organisation. As an executive member of the leadership team within Legal Services Department, the position reports directly to the Executive Director, Legal Services. The Director, Legal Practice has 6 direct reports and will lead the Division of circa 50 staff.


Your duties will include:

  • Manage and oversee Victoria Police legal cases of a complex and difficult nature ensuring best practise and legal principles are adhered to.  
  • Develop briefs for senior management on highly complex legal issues which impact on Victoria Police stakeholders and the community.
  • Oversee operations and staff management of Legal Practice Branch including Crime Division (Specialist Crime, Confiscations Lawyers), Counter Terrorism, Office of the Chief Examiner and Civil Division (Civil litigation, employment law, commercial law)
  • Represent Victoria Police at relevant government and industry forums and negotiate and influence external stakeholders including promoting legislative reform to improve Victoria Police service delivery.


As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Been admitted to or be eligible to be admitted, as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria;
  • A current “Unrestricted Practising Certificate” or eligibility to obtain unrestricted practicing certificate;
  • An understanding of the principles and practices of criminal, civil, commercial and administrative law and its practical application to agencies of the Victorian Government;
  • Demonstrated experience working at an executive level with a history of providing authoritative and high quality legal advice;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills specifically stakeholder management;
  • People leader experience, creating a positive culture building and sustaining organisational capability across multi-disciplinary legal teams.


Requirements and relevant information:

  • This position is located at the Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street, Docklands, 3008
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo National Security Vetting, achieve and maintain a security classification as determined by the Department Head.  To achieve this, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.


Your application must include:

  • Resume and one page cover letter
  • Response to the Key Selection Criteria – found in the position description attached to the job advertisement


Applications close midnight, Tuesday 6th November 2018 - No applications will be accepted via email.


For further information on this role please contact:Jackie URQUHART on 03 9247 6951 or via email

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email


About Us:

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

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