Legal Advisor

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ5250AUG22
Closing Date: 21-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: Position Description - Legal Advisor - DJ5250.pdf (PDF, 260KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Kate Ashdown on 0439 365 576

Position Details

  • An exciting opportunity to join a team, at the centre of government, to advise and lead on legal matters
  • VPSG 4 classification (salary range $90,067 - $102,192)
  • Fixed-term role for 3 years

About us

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for the provision of in-house legal services across the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), to the Attorney-General as First Law Officer, and to other DJCS Ministers.

About the role

The Worker Screening Legal Services team within OGC leads the delivery of legal services on issues and litigation arising out of the Worker Screening Act 2020. The position provides expert legal advice in relation to the review and assessment of Working with Children (WWC) Check and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Check applications and the interpretation of relevant legislation. The role also includes representation of the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Community Safety in litigation matters arising out of the Worker Screening Act 2020.

In this role, you will:

  • Manage and instruct in multiple litigation and advice matters, including appeals to the Supreme Court of Victoria. This may include some appearance work.
  • Undertake legal research and analysis on legal matters, utilising statutory interpretation skills.
  • Support and work collaboratively with the OGC executive and leadership team.
  • Contribute to the identification of new and emerging legal issues within the WWC and NDIS operational framework with the potential to impact on the delivery of key Government initiatives in this field.
  • Provide advice on reports, Cabinet and Ministerial papers, briefing notes and submissions on complex legal, policy and operational issues relating to the operation of the Worker Screening Act 2020 and other legislation.
  • Provide quality and timely legal advice and develop associated practical implementation strategies including support and training to Working with Children Check Victoria in their management of applications.
  • Maintain effective working relationships, ongoing communication and successful negotiations with key stakeholders both internal and external to the Department.
  • Contribute to the review and development of the Worker Screening Act 2020.
  • Contribute to the strategic objectives and work of OGC more broadly.

Your role:

Among other things, you'll be involved in:

  • Providing legal advice and statutory interpretation in relation to the Worker Screening Act 2020 and related legislation.
  • Managing litigation matters that arise out of the Worker Screening Act 2020. This will include preparation of litigation materials, working with Counsel and some appearance work.

About you

We are looking for lawyers who possess a proven ability to provide advice in relation to any of:

  • criminal, civil or government advisory work and litigation;
  • public or administrative law.

Applicants must be admitted, or eligible to be admitted, to practice as a legal practitioner in Victoria.

What we offer:

The OGC team are a friendly, collaborative team who are extremely passionate about what they do. We pride ourselves on producing high quality, varied and interesting work within a flexible and agile working environment.

How to Apply

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

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. 

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad. 


  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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