Senior Legal Specialist

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: VPS STS
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/RRIL/638397A
Closing Date: 27-Sep-2023
Salary Range: $175,731 - $238,997
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: 2023-09-13 PD Senior Legal Specialist.pdf (PDF, 197KB)
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2023-09-13 PD Senior Legal Specialist.docx (Word, 165KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sonia Rivalland / 0437 053 435

Position Details


The role reports to the Executive Director, Infrastructure Program Oversight Unit in the Legal, Privacy and Integrity branch. The position is responsible for the provision of legal advice to a variety of audiences including by phone, email, briefings, presentations and meetings as well as the development of policy and implementation of projects.

The role is available in the Legal, Privacy and Integrity branch and will be embedded within the Health Infrastructure Division (HID). HID is a division of the Department of Health and is responsible for the planning and delivery of the health infrastructure program, including new hospitals and ambulance stations, aged care and mental health facilities, redeveloping existing hospital facilities, as well as replacing and upgrading engineering infrastructure and medical equipment.

As a Senior Legal Specialist embedded within HID you will be required to provide authoritative, clear, timely, practical and commercial specialist legal advice on broad range of matters relevant to HID's responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in front-end construction, infrastructure or property law is essential. Experience in procurement and probity, planning, conveyancing, leasing, licensing, public liability, statutory interpretation and public law (including compliance with the Charter of Human Rights) will also be highly regarded.

The role is critical to ensuring HID can deliver the health infrastructure program consistent with achieving value for money and complying with all relevant public sector values, policies and probity requirements. The role requires a sound understanding of both the public sector operating environment and the commercial drivers and perspectives of private sector partners.

You will be required to:

  • work independently and lead projects;
  • co-ordinate, mentor and support other solicitors embedded within HID;
  • prepare written advices, briefings and reports to clients (including executive personnel);
  • engage and oversee external legal firms;
  • with clients, engage with private sector partners and their legal representatives;
  • develop and implement continuous improvement to the legal function across HID; and
  • support clients and maintain positive relationships by actively working with stakeholders.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be up-to-date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment. This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19. Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made. If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume. For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including national police check and misconduct screening. 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.

Victorian Public Sector employees and other JSE-eligible applicants will receive priority consideration for this role and are encouraged to apply directly via the Jobs & Skills Exchange (JSE).

For further information please visit the Department of Health. Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.


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