Senior Legal Adviser

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under three Victorian laws - the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, the Change or Suppression Practices Prohibition Act and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Our vision is a fair, safe, and inclusive Victoria where every person is respected and treated with dignity. We work with others to eliminate inequality and build a community that respects and promotes human rights and equal opportunity.

We embrace creativity, accountability, rigour, and empathy as our values. Our teams are filled with highly-motivated, conscientious and collaborative people who love what they do and uphold our values.

We know that our work has the greatest impact when it is informed by diverse experiences and perspectives.

We strongly encourage Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disabilities to apply.

We strive to build and maintain an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in our people and we support flexible work arrangements.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please email the contact person listed on this ad.

Job Details
Department: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D00695SEP2022
Closing Date: 09-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 12 Months
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Legal Adviser - D00695 (1).pdf (PDF, 245KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Aimee Cooper on 0412 100 415
Aimee.Cooper@veohrc.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Utilise your legal expertise to provide support and advice to Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  • Fixed term for 12months, Flexible Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5 : $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.

 

About the Business Unit

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body with responsibilities under Victoria's key human rights laws - the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and the Change and Suppression Practice Prohibition Act 2021.

Our vision is for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where every person is respected and treated with dignity. We work with others to eliminate inequality and build a community that respects and promotes human rights and equal opportunity.

We are a small and buzzing organisation that embraces creativity, accountability, rigour and empathy as our values. Our teams are filled with highly-motivated, conscientious and collaborative people who love what they do and uphold our values.

We know that our work has the greatest impact when it is informed by diverse experiences and perspectives.

We strongly encourage Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disabilities to apply.

We strive to build and maintain an inclusive workplace that brings out the best in our people and we support flexible work arrangements.

 

About the Role

The Legal and Dispute Resolution Branch provides legal advice, undertakes legal research, develops resources, participates in legal forums and oversees the Commission's intervention and investigation functions. The branch also provides a best practice dispute resolution service, resolving complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification and victimisation through conciliation.

The Senior Legal Advisor will provide high-quality legal and policy services to the Commission. The role requires excellent legal analysis, policy and writing skills, and an ability to develop productive working relationships across government and with community stakeholders. Litigation and/or investigatory skills would be an advantage. The role reports to the Manager of Legal.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Provide authoritative legal and policy advice to the Commission on the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic), the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001(Vic) and the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 (Vic)
  • Support the Commission's legal policy work, including writing reports, drafting submissions to public inquiries and running consultation processes
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with key stakeholders. This includes acting as a representative of the Commission in a range of forums and organising and running capacity-building activities

 

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Significant knowledge and/or specialist expertise or the ability to quickly acquire in providing strategic legal advice and litigation management on complex and time sensitive cases, in relation to discrimination, human rights, vilification and change or suppression practices law.
  • Significant and relevant expertise or the ability to quickly acquire in providing authoritative legal advice in relation to government legal issues (including privacy, FOI, administrative law, Ombudsman and other inquiries).
  • Significant and specialist expertise or the ability to quickly acquire in undertaking regulatory or other types of complex investigations.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Must be a Barrister or a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria 

 

How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats. 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. 

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

FOR INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

  • 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 Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.  

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time). 

Acceptable evidence includes: 

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account) 

  1. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) 

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.


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