Principal Legal Adviser (Regulatory)

The Commission is an independent statutory body that promotes improvement in policies and practices affecting the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people. It has a particular focus on vulnerable children and young people. The Commission is also the regulator for the Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme. The Commission supports flexible and hybrid working models.
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Department: Commission for Children and Young People
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/512600
Closing Date: 09-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $129,379 - $173,138
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position description - Principal Legal Adviser (Regulatory) - VPS 6 - 512600.docx (Word, 111KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Giovanna Tivisini, General Counsel
0419 182 118,

Position Details

About the opportunity

Reporting to General Counsel, the Principal Legal Adviser will work closely with and provide support to the Principal Commissioner, the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, and senior members of the Commission in administering the reportable conduct scheme and child safe standards including:

  1. Providing authoritative advice on complex legal issues
  2. Preparing briefings, reports, submissions, legal documents and correspondence
  3. Identifying, analysing, raising awareness of and responding to emerging issues and  risks
  4. Managing legal proceedings
  5. Supporting the negotiation and implementation of inter-agency agreements with key government and non-government stakeholders
  6. Developing and maintaining relationships with co-regulators and other external stakeholders
  7. Representing the Commission on key government and non-government committees and bodies
  8. Developing close working relationships with Commission staff
  9. Maintaining an understanding of relevant Commonwealth and State law and legislative and policy reform directions
  10. Participating in strategic and operational planning workshops
  11. Actively modelling leadership attributes and behaviours and the Commission's values

 As our ideal candidate, you will have:


  • Legal qualifications – Current Australian practicing certificate which entitles practice in Victoria as an employee of a legal practice.
  • Knowledge of statutory interpretation and administrative law principles and practice


  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • Experience working in a regulatory environment
  • Experience in an area related to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people

What we can offer you

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • A friendly and supportive working environment.
  • Training and development opportunities.
  • Free access to the building's lifestyle centre including a gym, secure bicycles storage, shower rooms.

Applications close midnight Monday 9 October 2023

 How to Apply

Please include a resume and covering letter.

There will be a question to which you are required to respond. There is no need to respond to the selection criteria itself.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

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

The Commission is committed to diversity and strongly encourages people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from different cultural backgrounds, LGBTI+ people and people with disabilities.

The Commission is headed by the Principal Commissioner, Liana Buchanan, and the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Meena Singh

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