Senior Solicitor

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Ongoing - flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: Ssol
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/50947113
Closing Date: 23-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 50947113 VPS 5 Senior Solicitor.docx (Word, 420KB)

Contact: James Pappas
8508 1243 /

Position Details

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) is looking for an innovative experienced lawyer who is able to work with minimal supervision, to join a highly skilled in-house legal team, within the Legal and Legislation division in a fixed-term role.

About you:

The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience in the delivery of authoritative, strategic and practical legal advice, in at least two or more of the following areas:

- administrative law (including operation of government and an awareness of Constitutional issues) and statutory interpretation

- commercial and contract matters

- corporate governance

- litigation and dispute resolution.

The role's general government legal practice will also reach into areas of specialisation including across the energy, environment, agriculture and earth resources portfolios.

You have a great deal of energy and passion for delivering results that matter and make a difference. You will be a great fit for this role as you bring your customer-focused mindset in all that you do, working as part of a broader corporate support team that takes pride in providing effective, valuable support to the organisation.

Your technical legal skills are recognised by your peers, colleagues and managers to be of a high standard, and you are willing to utilise these well-honed skills and develop further in this role.

Your work style naturally lends itself to contributing to an inclusive and team-oriented workplace culture that is collaborative, professional and engaged. If you want to be a part of a high performing, exciting, interesting and busy legal team, we welcome your application.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • An Australian lawyer holding or eligible to hold an Australian practising certificate under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver – in a timely manner – accurate, concise, clear and authoritative legal advice in the core areas of administrative law (including operation of government and an awareness of Constitutional issues) and statutory interpretation, commercial and contract matters, corporate governance, litigation and dispute resolution.  Experience delivering advice in two of these areas is mandatory and highly regarded in all.  
  • Experience in either broader general in-house or government legal practice and/or some of the department's areas of specialisation: environmental law, energy law, First Nations self-determination and related frameworks, agriculture, Crown land use and development, natural resource management and fire and emergency management, commissions and inquiries. Well-developed experience delivering advice in the energy, environment, agriculture and earth resources contexts will be highly regarded.

This is an ongoing position available. The work location for this position is 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 23 June 2024

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check. 

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident. 

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.




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