Supervised Legal Trainee x2 Positions

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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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/LES/511547SEP
Closing Date: 29-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $55,439 - $71,194
Job Duration: Until 29/2/2024
Attachments: 2022-08-12 511547 & 687365 Position Description - Supervised Legal Trainee position VPS2 (1).docx (Word, 129KB)
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Contact: Karen Mapleston
0409 869 331

Position Details


The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (the department) will provide Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and Juris Doctor (JD) graduates the opportunity to experience a supervised legal traineeship in the department's Legal Services Branch (LSB). This traineeship will give valuable insight into the role of a leading Victorian Public Service (VPS) department and builds capabilities suitable for a legal career in the VPS. It will also provide the trainee with the necessary supervised legal training in a workplace to satisfy requirements of the Victorian Legal Admissions Board.

The department is offering two traineeships for 12 months commencing in February 2023. There will be flexibility in start and end dates to accommodate the successful candidate's/s university completion.

LSB is looking for trainees that are motivated, demonstrate initiative, enthusiasm, and good judgment, and have excellent written and oral communications skills. To succeed in this role, you will have strong academic results in a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and an interest in a career in government.


  1. Provides routine legal advice and correspondence under the supervision of more senior solicitors.
  2. Collaborate with departmental colleagues to deliver client focused legal services.
  3. Instruct in litigation including directions hearings and routine case conferences involving the department in a wide range of courts and tribunals.

Please open the position description to read more.


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.


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 (

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.


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