Senior Construction Lawyer (x2)

Senior Construction Lawyer x2 Fixed term opportunities (to 09/06/2024 and 30/06/2024) An exceptional opportunity has arisen for an experienced senior or mid-level construction lawyer to further progress your career by working in a high performing in-house legal team that provides construction legal services to the Department of Education and Training’s (Department) corporate areas with a particular focus on the Victorian School Building Authority's (VSBA) school building program and its school network.
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Department: Department of Education and Training
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DET/PESG/20008960X2
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 09/06/2024 and 30/06/2024
Attachments: 61987 - Senior Lawyer Construction and Property Law Unit 01-06-22 (002).doc (Word, 250KB)
Key Selection Criteria

Contact: Craig Bowes, Principal Lawyer & Manager
7022 0959

Position Details

Senior Construction Lawyer x2 Fixed term opportunities (to 09/06/2024 and 30/06/2024)

  • Employer of choice for lawyers who value work life balance and flexibility
  • A genuine career path with excellent mentors, growth opportunities and authentic leaders
  • Purposeful work including advising on the delivery of the largest education infrastructure upgrade in Victorian history
  • A collaborative culture where staff are treated with dignity and respect
  • No timesheets required


A typical week in this role involves:

  • working collaboratively with other Construction and Property Law Unit (CPLU) team members in a fast paced work environment on varied and complex matters;
  • liaising and advising with VSBA project teams across a high volume of school projects on procurement and consultancy arrangements and construction contracts from tender to contract execution;
  • advising on land arrangements for the purposes of assembling sites for construction;
  • providing construction advice relating to contract administration claims and issues;
  • assisting with updating the team's construction and consultancy precedents and participating in training sessions for VSBA project officers;
  • advising the school network in relation to capital works contracts; and
  • advising on Government cabinet submissions and Ministerial correspondence.


The Legal Division is led by the Executive Director, Legal Division and comprises the following branches:

  • Commercial and Legislation (CAL) branch; and
  • Workplace and Education Law branch.

CPLU sits within the CAL branch and at a high level performs the following functions:

  • provides high quality strategic, accurate, timely and practical, solution focused legal advice and services on matters that are specific to education law and the Department;
  • is a valued strategic business partner with a deep understanding of the education sector and Department stakeholders enabling it to contribute to solutions and proactively empower and build client capacity on legal issues; and
  • provides a value for money legal service partnering with external law firms (as needed).


  • Bachelor's degree Law and admitted to practice law in Victoria (or ability to be admitted if role is offered)
  • a minimum of 3-4 years post-admission experience
  • familiarity of AS2124 and AS4300 construction contracts and specialist construction legal expertise with the ability to provide high quality, solutions-focused and timely legal advice
  • hands-on, down to earth approach, with the ability to liaise with a variety of stakeholders within the Department
  • top tier or mid-tier private practice experience or in-house / government experience desired
  • an ability to demonstrate the public sector values of:

Why join us?

  • Meaningful work that is varied, satisfying and rewarding – As part of a career in the public sector you can help shape Victoria's future, serve the community and follow your ambition. Visit to find out more about careers in the public service and the range of careers available.
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements — part time, flexible start and finish times, work from home to help manage your work and personal commitments
  • Competitive salary – Bi-annual salary increases in line with the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement and reward for
  • Diversity and inclusion - As one of Victoria's largest employers, the Department is committed to creating an organisation that is diverse, fair and inclusive and ensuring it has a diverse workforce that represents the community it serves.
  • Values – The Department has adopted the public sector values which are set out in the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees, which are Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET's Values underpin how we interact with colleagues, learners and families, members of the community, suppliers and Government.
  • Employee assistance program — for emotional, mental and general psychological wellbeing


Applicants can apply online by submitting a cover letter, current resume and a separate written document addressing each of the five key selection criteria outlined in the attached position description.

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

The Department values diversity and inclusion in all forms - gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about our work, working for the Department, diversity and inclusion, and our employment conditions visit the Department website , HRWeb and our Diversity and Inclusion page

The Department of Education and Training (the Department) is committed to, so far as is reasonably practicable, providing and maintaining a working environment for its employees that is safe and without risks to health and that other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the Department's activities. The Department COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (Policy) requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department's Policy outlines the requirements for all employees, prospective employees who (or may need to) work outside of their ordinary place of residence and attend a workplace of the Department or workplace of another Employer on behalf of the Department and its portfolio agencies. Subject to exceptions, only employees, and prospective employees with up-to-date vaccination status (see definitions section of the policy) against COVID-19 and who provide evidence of their Vaccination Status are permitted to work for the department outside their ordinary place of residence.

For this role, you are required to submit proof of full vaccination as part of the recruitment process and prior to commencement employment. Please refer to the above link for more information. This role requires onsite attendance at one or more Department work locations.

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

Applications close: 31 January 2023

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