Supervising Lawyer

Join Victoria Police as a Supervising Lawyer in the Freedom of Information (FOI), Privacy and Licensing Regulation Division (LRD) working on a range of complex matters.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/E20034166A
Closing Date: 06-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description.docx (Word, 579KB)


2. Application Form.docx (Word, 627KB)


Contact: Bill Jones
03 8335 7187 or william.c.jones@police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role:

A fixed term Supervising Lawyer role has arisen in the Licensing/FOI/Privacy Legal Unit for an experienced lawyer.

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience supervising legal staff within Victoria Police.  The Freedom of Information (FOI), Privacy and Licensing Regulation Division (LRD) lawyers work on a range of complex matters and are based within the Civil Law Division of the Legal Services Department of Victoria Police.

Victoria Police's Legal Services Department is enhancing its advocacy response in an effort to meet the expansion of court networks and jurisdictions across Victoria. Victoria Police is seeking to meet this demand with enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated advocates to prosecute a range of civil applications, primarily review applications in respect of firearms applications, private security applications and FOI requests and Privacy Complaints in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Firearms Appeals Committee as well associated applications in other jurisdictions.  As the successful applicant, you will need to demonstrate an ability to supervise a team to ensure the team are managing numerous files across a range of jurisdictions, busy court lists and competing priorities effectively whilst coaching, mentoring and developing junior lawyers.

The role offers an opportunity to tailor your skill to an array of matters that vary in complexity. You will be expected to perform caseload management and offer legal advice to all stakeholders. You will also be required to develop and maintain collaborative relationships within the expansive Victoria Police workforce as well as working with external stakeholders across agencies as part of a broad network to ensure cooperative and proactive approaches to addressing community harm.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Liaising with internal stakeholders to provide legal advice and legal representation as well as external stakeholders to exercise proper caseload management.
  • Supervising staff to ensure matters are appropriately prepared for hearing before the Firearms Appeals Committee, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as well as other jurisdictions.
  • Appearing on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Police and the LRD before the Firearms Appeals Committee, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal as well as other jurisdictions.
  • Instructing Counsel, where required, in matters listed in superior Courts including the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Ensuring the team are providing strong legal advisory service to other Victoria Police Divisions in relation to firearms, private security and freedom of information where required.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (unrestricted practising certificate)
  • High level understanding and experience as a court advocate
  • Ability to supervise a team, in a developing and emerging work environment
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Experience in coaching, mentoring and developing junior Lawyers to undertake high-level advocacy work
  • A formal management qualification and formal teaching or training qualification would be advantageous
  • A current and valid Drivers' Licence is highly desirable.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time fixed term position until 30/06/2023
  • This position is located at Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated (this includes a booster vaccination) and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.
  • As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity.  However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department.  This supports the Departments commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form – the word document (2. Application form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement. 
  • A copy of your Australian Legal Practising Certificate (unrestricted).

Applications close midnight, 6 December 2022.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) website or Seek.
Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE). 

For further information on this role please contact: Bill Jones on (03) 8335 7187 or via email william.c.jones@police.vic.gov.au. No recruitment agency calls please.

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au or on (03) 8335 8081.

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community.

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps


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