Principal Solicitor, Legal Services (Child Protection)

The Department of Health and Human Services develops and delivers policies, programs and services that support and enhance the wellbeing of all Victorians. Our services are in line with the government's vision for making Victoria a stronger, more caring and innovative state.

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: Psol
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Reference: VG/DHHS/EED/471875B
Closing Date: 29-May-2018
Salary Range: $115,136 - $154,076
Job Duration: Until 30/06/2019
Attachments: PSOL Principal Solicitor (471875) - Wang or Shepp - May2018 PD.doc (Word, 128KB)
Job Specification

PSOL Principal Solicitor (471875) - Wang or Shepp - May2018 PD.pdf (PDF, 271KB)
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Contact: Richard Liston
0418 527 960

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s):
Negotiable (Shepparton or Wangaratta) 


Position Summary:

As the Principal Solicitor you will be part of a team of lawyers who provide practical and strategic legal advice to assist some of Victoria's most vulnerable people. You will build strong relationships with the department's child protection teams and the clients they support.

The position is responsible for overseeing a team of staff, providing authoritative and strategic legal advice, conducting litigation, instructing and appearing on behalf of the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services before the Children's Court, the County Court, Supreme Court and related jurisdictions.

This position is located in Shepparton or Wangaratta (negotiable) and will involve travel and attendance at courts in surrounding areas to support the department and its clients.  

 Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must hold (or be eligible to hold) a current practicing certificate under the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic).
  • Admission or eligibility for admission to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria is required.
  • A strong background in Government Law and the provision of legal and policy advice to government, along with strong statutory interpretation skills would be expected.
  • Previous demonstrated relevant legal experience and/or advocacy skills will be highly regarded.
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse legal and factual issues and provide practical legal solutions would be expected.

Specialist expertise

  • A strong background in Government Law and the provision of legal and policy advice to government, along with strong statutory interpretation skills would be expected.
  • Previous demonstrated relevant legal experience and/or advocacy skills will be highly regarded.
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse legal and factual issues and provide practical legal solutions would be expected.

 

How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Careers Page. This page provides information on the department's recruitment and safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role.
 
For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/


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