Legal Policy Officer

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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/DJ9681_AUG
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: 2 years
Attachments: DJ9681 - Position Description - VPS4 - Legal Policy Officer - Justice Foundations - August 2022.docx (Word, 537KB)

Contact: Edwina Kabengele on 0424 757 885

Position Details

  • Fixed-term opportunity available working on strategic policy and legislative projects
  • Excellent opportunity for career development in legal policy
  • VPS4 role salary range ($90,067 to $102,192) plus superannuation


About us

The Integrity, Legal and Law Reform group (ILLR) supports the Attorney-General and DJCS ministers to deliver criminal and civil law policy responsibilities by providing legal, policy, integrity and assurance expertise to DJCS and Justice Ministers. We work collaboratively with key entities across the justice system and the department to ensure policy reform is strategic, relevant, holistic and people-centred.

Within ILLR, Justice Policy and Legislation (JP&L) leads policy development and law reform across civil and criminal law, including the delivery of the Attorney-General's (and other justice Ministers) legislative reform program and national reform projects through the Meeting of Attorneys-General.

About the role

The Legal Policy Officer, within Justice Foundations, is responsible for contributing to the co-ordination, research, development, implementation, review and reform of policy and legislation across the Attorney-General's portfolio. You will be joining an inclusive and supportive group and will be provided with a range of training and development opportunities.

Please refer to the attached position description for further details on the Justice Foundations team.

About you

As our ideal candidate you will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and experience of processes for development of policy and legislation within a parliamentary system
  • Understanding of the laws relating to criminal procedure or evidence, or family violence, intervention orders or family law
  • Strong policy skills and experience, or skills and experience in an associated field (for example, in legal practice)
  • Effective writing skills to assist with preparation of project briefs, policy reports and recommendations.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a cover letter and resume outlining your relevant experience, suitability and motivations in applying for the role. 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 all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

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.


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.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)

2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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