Supervising Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/E20034950
Closing Date: 03-Dec-2023
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description C3284.docx (Word, 579KB)

2. VPS5 Application Form.docx (Word, 639KB)

Contact: Karen McKenzie (03) 8533 0716

Position Details

About the role:

The Family Violence and Therapeutic Courts Unit (FVTCU) is a state-wide network of specialist prosecutors who provide specialist support and advice, and conduct complex prosecutions in the family violence and therapeutic courts (including Drug Court, Assessment and Referral Court and Koori Court) jurisdictions of the Magistrates' Court. The Supervising Lawyer, South West is responsible for Werribee, Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Horsham.

This a multifaceted and dynamic role that offers the opportunity to be exposed to complex advocacy and advice work and contribute to departmental and organisational strategy through policy and project work. As a Supervising Lawyer, you will play a leading role in the training, professional development and supervision of prosecutors practising within family violence and/or therapeutic courts. You will prepare and appear as an advocate in complex, sensitive and high-profile matters within your region and engage in policy and project work that drives the strategic objectives of the organisation.

As the successful applicant, you will be an experienced criminal lawyer and a strategic thinker. You will have a strong drive to foster performance excellence, develop people and ensure a positive workplace culture. You will be a people-focussed leader with a track record of delivering change and solutions to complex problems. You will have the capacity to work with diverse stakeholders internally and cross-organisationally.

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


Your duties will include:

  • Court advocacy in the Specialist Family Violence and Therapeutic Courts jurisdictions of the Magistrates' Court of Victoria.
  • Providing legal and strategic advice on criminal and civil prosecutions and other areas relating to family violence and therapeutic courts.
  • Delivering training and supporting professional development of prosecutors and legal support staff within the North West region.
  • Engaging with diverse internal and external stakeholders to maintain and grow professional working relationships, influence, and negotiate outcomes and develop solutions to complex problems.
  • Project and policy work that supports the strategic objectives of the Legal Services Department and Victoria Police.


As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Experience as a criminal lawyer and/or prosecutor.
  • An understanding of Specialist Family Violence Courts and/or Therapeutic Court.
  • An unrestricted practising certificate.
  • A current and valid driver's licenc.


Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, fixed term position available end date 05/01/2025
  • From 1 December 2023 the salary range for a VPS5 role is $106,534 to $128,897 (covering salary ranges VPSG 5.1 and VPSG 5.2).  Although it is standard practice for selected candidates to commence at the base of the salary range, genuine consideration will be given to a commencement salary within the available range that is commensurate with the successful candidate's knowledge, skills and experiences. This will be subject to negotiations with the Hiring Manager in the course of the selection process and may include the provision of evidence of a higher income and/or supporting documentation (as required).
  • This position may be located at a prosecution office within the South West Region or at Prosecutions Branch Headquarters, 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • 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.
  • Cover letter
  • A copy of your unrestricted practising certificate


Applications close midnight, Sunday 3 December 2023.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) website, Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) 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, please contact: Karen McKenzie, A/Managing Principal Lawyer, Family Violence and Therapeutic Courts via email at (03) 8533 0716. No recruitment agency 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 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.

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