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. Victoria Police’s Legal Services Department is enhancing its advocacy response in an effort to meet the expansion of court networks and jurisdictions across Victoria. In order to address repeat victimisation, recidivism and unique offending across diverse demographics, more specialist courts are opening.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/20034180C
Closing Date: 01-Aug-2018
Salary Range: $82,574 - $93,689
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: C3196.docx (Word, 431KB)
Job Specification

VPS Application Form.docx (Word, 642KB)
Self Assessment

Contact: Brett Sheppard
(03) 54481496 or brett.sheppard@police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role:

As the successful applicant, you will need to demonstrate an ability to manage 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 and information to a range of clients. 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.

In addition to the above responsibilities, some of this role's key duties include:

  • The day to day management and support of staff within the Police Lawyers Group in your designated work location. 
  • Rostering and coordination of Police Lawyers and Legal Support Staff assisting and appearing in the Magistrate's Court (including the Family Violence, Drug Court and/or Assessment and Referral Court lists) and the Children's Court.
  • Maintaining statistics and records for all police applications along with completing monthly reports for you designated work area.
  • Appearing in criminal matters in the Magistrate's Court as required.
  • Providing support and assistance to Supervising Lawyers in the management of more complex cases dealt with at the County Court and in other jurisdictions as required.

Whilst the role will be challenging and dynamic, it will present you with a rewarding experience and possibilities for future career progression.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (Unrestricted Practising Certificate).
  • Ability to work in a team, in a developing and emerging work environment.
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • High level understanding and experience as a court advocate.
  • Experience in coaching, mentoring and developing junior Lawyers.
  • A current and valid Drivers' Licence is highly desirable.


Requirements and relevant information:

  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • This position may require you to work outside normal hours from time to time.
  • As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity. This position is located at the Mildura Police Complex
  • Given occasional legal service demand issues, you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Legal Services Department. This supports the Department's commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.


Your application must include:

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

Applications close midnight, Wednesday 1 August 2018 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact: Brett Sheppard on (03) 54481496 or via email brett.sheppard@police.vic.gov.au.

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 VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au

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. 

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: http://www.policecareer.vic.gov.au


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