Senior Solicitor

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: Ssol
Work Location: North West Victoria
Reference: VG/DFFH/CDS/378454
Closing Date: 06-Jun-2023
Salary Range: $105,479 - $127,621
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2023-5-9 Position Description 378454 Senior Solicitor-North Regional (5).docx (Word, 131KB)
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Contact: Saleem Bittar
0439 821 421

Position Details


The Senior Solicitor role in the Statewide Child Protection Litigation Office (Statewide CPLO) is responsible for providing state-wide legal advice, support and representation in child protection litigation matters in various courts including the Children's Court of Victoria, the Supreme Court, and related jurisdictions. The Senior Solicitor appears, in person, on behalf of the Secretary in the Children's Court of Victoria.

It is expected that this role will manage complex cases, provide high level advice to child protection practitioners and undertake the Duty Allocation Lawyer Service, where relevant, at the Children's Courts. The role is also key in supporting less experienced staff and delivering training.

This role will primarily support the Mallee Child Protection teams.  


  • Provide authoritative advice on complex legal and policy issues and provide high level briefings and correspondence.
  • Collaborate with departmental colleagues to deliver high quality client focused legal services in relation to complex and sensitive matters.
  • Monitor and report on the performance of counsel and contracted solicitors on the State Government Legal Panel in meeting the needs of the department in a cost-effective manner.

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The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19). The department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy(Word) outlines the requirements for existing employees, other workplace participants and prospective employees. Please read in full prior to applying.


All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <> portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (

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