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Principal Decision Maker (Law)
2 year full time, fixed term opportunity
Modern office facilities in Docklands, close to public transport

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Department: Victorian Building Authority
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CE/TBC
Closing Date: 21-Nov-2019
Salary Range: $120,692 - $161,511
Job Duration: N/A
File Attachment: pd - principal decision maker pdu - vpsg 6 - final.pdf
Contact: Robert Chappell
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Position Details

About the Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for a collaborative legal professional joining our Compliance and Enforcement Division.

In this key role, you will evaluate evidence of practitioner misconduct and perform disciplinary functions under delegation from the Authority. You will interpret and apply legislation, administrative law and procedural fairness to make a determination as to the grounds for disciplinary action and appropriate penalties with support from Senior Lawyers.

As our ideal candidate you will have sound understanding of administrative law, the Building Act 1993 and Regulations, and the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 combined with strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills with a high level of confidence in your decision making. 


Who we are looking for?

To be successful in this position, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge and experience interpreting and applying legislation and administrative law
  • Experience working within a legislative or regulatory environment and/or in a relevant industry or profession, with an understanding of applying disciplinary processes
  • Sound working knowledge of the Building Act 1993 and Regulations, and the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995
  • High level communications, organisational and self-management skills


What you can expect in the role

The opportunity to work within a dynamic and evolving environment

Employee flexible work arrangements and great public sector entitlements

A competitive salary plus 9.5% superannuation


Why work for the VBA?

The VBA is the principal regulator for building and plumbing in Victoria. Our work helps ensure that all Victorians live and work in a quality-built environment. We contribute to public health, safety and amenity by overseeing compliance with regulations, legal requirements and professional standards.

We protect communities, empower consumers and encourage continuous improvement across the building and construction industry. As change occurs, we evolve with it, constantly improving our culture and capability.


How to Apply

To view the full position description and start your application, click ‘Apply Now'.


We require you to upload:

  • A detailed copy of your resume. A cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the position description and “who we are looking for” in the advert.
  • A copy of your law degree and admission certificate


Please note:

You are required to complete the questionnaire provided after you click ‘Next' at the bottom of the application page.

Only electronic applications submitted via will be accepted. Prior to offer, please note you will have to provide evidence of your right to work in Australia (e.g. citizenship or residency documents, or a valid Australian working visa) and proof of any qualifications relevant to the role.

Unsuccessful candidates found suitable during the recruitment process may be approached for similar vacancies within the next 12 months.

As a public sector standard, generally all new employees will start at the base entry level and increment throughout the salary range each year based on performance. Current public sector employees at the same grade will be considered for a transfer of entitlements with evidence.  A request above entry level may be considered in certain circumstances.


Applications close at 11:59 pm on 21/11/2019


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