Principal Solicitor, Legal, Privacy and Integrity Branch

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: Psol
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/666799
Closing Date: 30-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: 666799 - Principal Solicitor - Corporate Legal Advisory PD.docx (Word, 155KB)
Job Specification

666799 - Principal Solicitor - Corporate Legal Advisory PD.pdf (PDF, 259KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Caroline Irlam, Managing Principal Solicitor
0429 009 430

Position Details


Principal Solicitor

The Principal Solicitor is a key senior role in the Corporate Legal Advisory team, within the Legal, Privacy and Integrity Branch. It will provide authoritative, timely and practical legal advice and take the lead on a variety of legal projects including strategic priorities for the department.

This role requires a strong commercial law background, with IT and property law experience being advantageous. Government law experience would also be beneficial.  This role will involve a wide variety of work including the provision of timely advice and preparation of high-quality written contracts and briefs on the relevant areas of law, corporate policy, property law and contractual issues. The role may also be required to manage general litigation and oversee the drafting of legislation and regulations. It will also be required to prepare Ministerial correspondence, Cabinet submissions and other written reports and briefings to clients.

Are you?

  • An experienced commercial lawyer interested in working in a dynamic and challenging, but supportive, work environment?
  • Client and outcomes focussed and committed to excellence?
  • Able to work collaboratively and productively?

Mandatory Vaccination Policy  

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients.  As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.  This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19.  Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made.  If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.  


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <>

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