An exciting opportunity exists for a junior lawyer to advance your legal career and to obtain valuable experience working in government as a Lawyer in the Workplace and Education Law (WEL) branch, in the Workplace, Discrimination and Disputes unit (WDD) of the Department of Education and Training's Legal Division. The WDD unit advises on and manages discrimination, human rights and employment law matters and other government litigation (eg FOI and privacy). The primary responsibility of this role is to support the management of the WDD team in accordance with the Department's values and objectives. This role supports the work of the WDD team to provide specialist, technical and strategic legal advice on employment and discrimination matters and risk management in relation to schools and the corporate Department.
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Department: Department of Education and Training
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DET/PES/26428
Closing Date: 28-May-2019
Salary Range: $84,019 - $95,329
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 10715 - Lawyer - Workplace Discrimination and Disputes Unit v01.00 06-05-19.doc (Word, 226KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Dana Wintermantel, Principal Lawyer and Manager
03 7022 0922

Position Details

The Department of Education and Training leads the delivery of education and development services to children, young people and adults both directly through government schools and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services, all schools, and tertiary sector programs.

The Legal Division is located within the People and Executive Services group and provides highly valued legal services across the Department's portfolios which include early childhood, schools, higher education, and training and skills.

The Workplace, Discrimination and Disputes (WDD) unit falls within the Worplace and Education law (WEL) branch of the Legal Division and advises on and manages discrimination, human rights and employment law matters and other government litigation (eg FOI and privacy).

Legal Division team members will be dynamic, strategic, and innovative, and work across the Department to use a multi-disciplinary approach to finding the correct and preferable solution to issues raised. The Legal Division respect and care about each other, and support each other so that all members of the Division can reach their full potential.

Working closely with Principal Lawyers and Managers and Senior Lawyers in the Legal Division, this role will assist in the provision of high quality, timely legal advice often in short timeframes in relation to the legislation, policies and operations of the Department and to support the Legal Division's work, including: legal research; knowledge management; drafting legal documents, correspondence and briefings; reviewing Department policies and guidelines; preparing reports and resources; assisting with case preparation; attending to court filing; collating data and reporting as required; and liaising with clients (e.g. Principals of Victorian Government schools and corporate DET staff), and others (e.g. witnesses, external law firms representing the Department, courts and tribunals) as appropriate.

The role requires a lawyer with a sensitive and compassionate approach given the nature of the claims and potential legal risks for the Department. The role also requires a lawyer with good judgment who know when to escalate matters, and to pursue and resolve ambiguities where possible.

For more details regarding this position please see attached position descriptions.

Department of Education and Training is committed to diversity. The Department places considerable effort and resources into responding to the needs of staff with a disability. People from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply for this position. If you require assistance, with the recruitment process, have accessibility or adjustment requirements, please communicate with the contact person listed on this job advertisement or contact the People Division via email:

Information about the Department of Education and Training's operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following websites: and

Applications close Tuesday 28 May 2019

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