Senior Police Lawyer

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience working as a Senior Police Lawyer within Victoria Police. The Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) lawyers work on a range of complex matters, based within the Civil Law Division of the Legal Services Department of Victoria Police.

This department is enhancing its advocacy response in an effort to meet the expansion of court networks and jurisdictions across Victoria. Victoria Police is seeking to meet this demand with enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated advocates to prosecute a range of civil applications, primarily, firearms, private security and controlled weapons matters in the Firearms Appeals Committee, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as well as the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Job Details
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20026904V
Closing Date: 04-Feb-2019
Salary Range: $84,019 - $95,329
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: PD C3283.docx (Word, 431KB)
Job Specification

Application Form.docx (Word, 639KB)
Self Assessment

Contact: Justin Goldsmith
(03) 9247 6322

Position Details

As the successful applicant, you will need to demonstrate an ability to manage numerous files across a range of jurisdictions, busy court lists and competing priorities effectively whilst coaching, mentoring and developing junior lawyers.

The role offers an opportunity to tailor your skill to an array of matters that vary in complexity. You will be expected to perform caseload management and offer legal advice to the LRD. You will also be required to develop and maintain collaborative relationships within the expansive Victoria Police workforce as well as working with external stakeholders across agencies as part of a broad network to ensure cooperative and proactive approaches to addressing community harm.

Your duties will include:

  • Liaising with internal stakeholders to provide legal advice and legal representation as well as external stakeholders to exercise proper caseload management.
  • Preparing matters for hearing before the Firearms Appeals Committee, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as well as the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.
  • Appearing on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Police and the LRD before the Firearms Appeals Committee, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as well as the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.
  • Instructing Counsel, where required, in matters listed in superior Courts including the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Providing a legal advisory service to other Victoria Police Divisions in relation to firearms, private security and controlled weapons and providing information and training, where required.

As the successful applicant, you will have:                  

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (unrestricted practising certificate).
  • High level understanding and experience as a court advocate.
  • Ability to work in a team and supervise restricted legal practitioners, in a developing and emerging work environment.
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Experience in coaching, mentoring and developing junior lawyers
  • A current and valid Drivers' Licence is highly desirable.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • The position is located at the Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street, Docklands.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or Visa.
  • Shift and weekend work may be required as determined by Victoria Police operational requirements will be paid in accordance with the Victoria Police Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2016.  

Your application must include:

  • Resume, and;
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.

Applications close midnight, Monday 4 February 2019 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact: Inspector Justin Goldsmith on (03) 9247 6322 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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