Senior Solicitor, Child Protection

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: Ssol
Work Location: North West - Mildura
Reference: VG/DHHS/ND/378854
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2019
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: SSOL Senior Solicitor 378454 (Sept 2019).doc (Word, 977KB)

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Contact: Fiona Harley
03 5022 3053

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): Mildura

Position Summary:

The Senior Solicitor role undertakes and manages complex legal cases and provides comprehensive legal advice/representation in the Children's Court and other jurisdictions.  

This role is responsible for the provision of expert advice, collegial support and representation for Child Protection practitioners in matters before the courts. The position will provide staff with appropriate courses of action to ensure the best possible outcomes for children and families involved with Child Protection and the courts.  The role will train, mentor and support Child Protection practitioners in legal and court processes and monitor Child Protection delivery in a legal context.

The role will build strong working relationships with the child protection program and across the Legal Services Branch.   

Based in the Mildura office, this position will service the Mildura and surrounding areas and will involve travel and attendance at courts in surrounding areas to support the department and its clients. 

Are you:

  • Interested in working in a dynamic and challenging work environment?
  • Capable of providing excellent client services and committed to professional team work?

  • Confident when providing legal advice drawing on the Children Youth and Families Act 2005, Children's Court and related jurisdictions?


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.

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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.

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