Job Details

Senior Lawyer

• Conduct review proceedings and other litigation at VCAT, AAT and other courts and tribunals
• Provide authoritative and pragmatic legal advice on administrative law issues and other matters
• Support the delivery and management of the VBA’s Freedom of Information (FOI) function
• Ongoing VBA Grade 5 Opportunity
• Culture underpinned by 'Building Confidence'
• Convenient Location, close to public transport

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Department: Victorian Building Authority
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CELS/LS/1346
Closing Date: 18-Mar-2018
Salary Range: $93,867 - $113,572
Job Duration: N/A
File Attachment: pd - cels - legal services - senior lawyer - litigation foi - pn1346 - g5 - march 2018.docx
Contact: Michael Vickers - Legal Counsel
Contact Details: 03 9618 9399

Position Details

We are seeking an experienced Senior Lawyer for an opportunity with a strong focus on litigation matters as well as supporting the VBA's Freedom of Information (FOI) function. The role will have day-to-day carriage of merits review proceedings, judicial review proceedings and other litigation, provide general legal advice and services to the organisation, prepare reports and submissions, and contribute to minimising corporate governance risks. 

This role will partner with various divisions and units across the VBA and provide high quality, authoritative legal advice to internal stakeholders on a diverse range of legal issues and undertake projects as guided by Legal Counsel and General Counsel.  This role is also expected to provide coaching to other team members within Legal Services to promote a high performing, client services orientated unit.


Key Selection Criteria

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

  • Significant experience conducting and appearing in review proceedings at VCAT and AAT or similar jurisdictions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the processes and key issues involved in merits review proceedings, judicial review proceedings, civil litigation and professional disciplinary matters.
  • Demonstrated understanding of administrative law and statutory interpretation principles and ability to apply those principles in the context of decision making in a regulatory context.
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills, with the ability to multi-task in a deadline driven environment and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Admission or eligibility for admission to the legal profession in an Australian jurisdiction (that is, an Australian lawyer) and current local (Victorian) practising certificate. 


Why work for the VBA?

Work for the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and you will join a values-based organisation who invests in employees. Our values: We Problem Solve, We Work as One and We Deliver.


Benefits of working for the VBA include:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Employee learning and development opportunities


To find out more about why it's great to work for the VBA, visit 'Careers' at


Salary Details

Base salary in the Grade 5 range of $93,867 - $113,572 per annum (plus 9.5% super), will be negotiated with the successful candidate, depending on skills and experience.


Application Process 

For full job details and to apply, click 'Apply Now' below.The VBA job application process requires you to:

  • Upload your current resume, cover letter, proof of your right to work in Australia (citizenship or residency document or Australia working visa) and any qualifications relevant to the role.
  • Complete the questionnaire provided after you click ‘Next' at the bottom of the application page
  • Candidates are not required to address all selection criteria, only those listed in the questionnaire. 
  • Only electronic applications submitted via will be accepted
  • Standard recruitment practice applies, which may include interviewing, skills/competency testing, reference checking and/or other selection processes.


Applications due by midnight Sunday 18 March 2018.

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