Senior Solicitor

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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 more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - Eastern Metro
Reference: VG/D00986JULY2024
Closing Date: 07-Aug-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: D00986 - Position Description - VPS5 - Senior Solicitor.pdf (PDF, 206KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Caitlin McAlister on 0417 140 102
caitlin.e.Mcalister@justice.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Apply your legal skills within a dynamic regulatory environment
  • Opportunity to work as part of a high-performing and passionate team at Liquor Control Victoria
  • Ongoing, full-time opportunity
  • VPS Grade 5: $106,534 - $128,897 plus superannuation.

About the Business Unit:

Liquor Control Victoria was established on 1 July 2022 and comprises the Victorian Liquor Commission and staff from the Department of Justice and Community Safety. Liquor Control Victoria is responsible for issuing liquor licenses and overseeing industry compliance and enforcement to ensure that Victorians and visitors to the state enjoy safe and responsible liquor licensed environments.

Liquor Control Victoria staff support the independent Victorian Liquor Commission by providing operational and administrative support and by performing various regulatory functions for Victoria's liquor industry.

This is an exciting time to join Liquor Control Victoria. We are strengthening our focus on harm minimisation and assessment of community impacts as part of our regulatory approach following major reforms to liquor licencing laws that commenced in 2022.

About the Role:

In the role of Senior Solicitor, you will use your expertise and experience to provide sound independent and authoritative advice and liaise with persons at senior levels under the strategic direction of the Deputy General Counsel and Director. The Senior Solicitor also prepares briefings on whether or how the Commission should exercise its functions, prepares briefings to counsel, acts as instructing solicitor and, on occasion, represents the Commission before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The Senior Solicitor also conduct prosecutions on behalf of the Commission. The role requires working to tight deadlines to meet constantly changing priorities and address urgent new and emerging developments, in the evolving area of liquor regulation. In this role, as a senior member of staff, you will also be required to review advice and briefings developed by more junior Solicitors and provide feedback and development.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Providing, within limited time constraints, authoritative written and verbal advice to the Commission on complex issues related to relevant legislation, regulations and agreements.
  • Preparing briefings on whether/how the Commission should exercise its functions, preparing briefings to counsel, acting as instructing solicitor and, on occasion, representing the Commission before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
  • Conducting prosecutions on occasion on behalf of the Commission.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

About You:

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Demonstrated experience and proven ability (preferably in a regulatory environment) in the provision of legal advice of a high standard on complex and sensitive matters. There is particular emphasis on the practical application of statutory interpretation, administrative law, and the drafting of legal instruments;
  • experience in the conduct of litigation (preferably prosecutions, including advocacy) and administrative hearings.
  • A sound knowledge of Government processes and conventions, Government regulatory environments, and administrative law including a sound knowledge of:
    • Public sector governance
    • the Freedom of Information Act 1982
    • the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
    • the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994<

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Five years post-admission or relevant experience, and admission to practise as a lawyer 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 reference checks, national police checks and misconduct screening. Dependant on the role, other checks may include VicRoads checks, drivers licence checks, medical checks, Working with Children Checks, and Declaration of Private Interests (for executive and responsible officer roles).

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:

CHILD SAFE STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT:

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.


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