Policy and Research Officer

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is a central agency for law reform in Victoria. We are a statutory authority, established under the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000.

We aim to make a significant contribution to maintaining and further developing a fair, just, responsive, inclusive and accessible legal system for all Victorians.

We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email recruitment@justice.vic.gov.au

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to fairer, more up-to-date and accessible laws appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application.
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/_DJ3288
Closing Date: 01-Oct-2017
Salary Range: $92,253 - $111,619
Job Duration: Until 27 July 2018
Attachments: Position Description DJ3288 Policy and Research Officer.docx (Word, 83KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Anna Beesley on (03) 8608 7806

Position Details

About us

The Victorian Law Reform Commission, established by the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic), is an independent, government-funded organisation, and the peak law reform body in Victoria. It reports to the Attorney-General and the Parliament of Victoria in discharging its statutory functions.

The Attorney-General has asked the Commission to report on the operation and effectiveness of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996 (Vic) (the Act):

  •  for family violence victims in response to recommendation 106 of the Family Violence Royal Commission (the first reference)
  •  and the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal for all victims, including family violence victims in achieving the purposes set out in section 1 of the Act (the second reference).

The terms of reference are published on the Commission's website at http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au.

About the role

As the Policy and Research Officer, you will:

  • undertake high-level legal and non-legal research into complex and diverse areas of the law relevant to a reference made to the Commission by the Attorney–General
  • prepare complex correspondence and submissions
  • develop options and recommendations for reform of the law and practice, and draft consultations papers and final reports, under the supervision of the Team Leader and the Chair.

This is a fixed-term opportunity until 27 July 2018.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • highly developed legal and non-legal research skills and proven ability to conduct research into complex legal and policy issues
  • evidence of highly developed writing skills including the ability to simplify and communicate complex issues of policy and law reform to a non-legal audience
  • excellent oral communication, liaison and interpersonal skills, with an ability to conduct consultations with individuals and interest groups and give presentations on law reform projects.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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