Supervising Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/E20037436
Closing Date: 30-Jan-2020
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: Until 30/06/2020
Attachments: 1. Position Description - C3284.docx (Word, 426KB)
Job Specification

2. Application Form - 20037436.docx (Word, 641KB)
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Contact: Paul McAlpine
(03) 9247 1570

Position Details

About the role:

Victoria Police' Mission is to provide a safe, secure and orderly society by serving the community and the law. Victoria Police achieves this by:

  • Preserving the peace
  • Protecting life and property
  • Preventing offences
  • Detecting and apprehending offenders
  • Helping those in need of assistance

The health, safety and wellbeing of employees, and ensuring healthy, safe and respectful workplaces, are integral to the achievement of the organisation's primary role: to deliver a safer Victoria. An integral part of fulfilling this role is ensuring the ethical health of the organisation which includes the effective management of police officer misconduct. The delivery of frontline (operational) policing services is supported by a range of organisational Departments and Commands. The Legal Services Department provides expertise across a range of diverse, often complex, legal issues for and on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.

The Victoria Police, Legal Practice Division sits within the Legal Services Department and is comprised of various units including the Discipline Inquiry Office, Specialist Crime Lawyers, Counter-Terrorism Legal Unit and the Chief Examiner's Legal Office.

As the successful applicant, you will be an integral part of the legal team demonstrating leadership and self-management of performance and workload. This position reports to the Discipline Inquiry Officer (DIO).

The role is a full-time/fixed term position however, Victoria Police supports flexible work arrangements, where appropriate, through negotiation.

Your duties will include:

  • Building and promoting the integrity of Victoria Police;
  • Provide expert and authoritative legal advice, both written and oral, on a variety of complex and sensitive matters;
  • Self-management of case load and service delivery requirements;
  • Building and maintaining sound relationships with stakeholders and partners;
  • Manage complex, contentious or sensitive information with due regard;
  • Assisting the DIO in ensuring:
    • all aspects of the Victoria Police discipline inquiry function are managed efficiently and in accordance with relevant legislation and common law principles.
    • the accurate and consistent application of administrative law principles, in particular the principles of natural justice, as they apply to modern disciplinary inquiries.
    • that the pre-hearing processes are utilised effectively to expedite inquiries.
    • strong governance models are adopted for all aspects of the DIO function resulting in timely, fair, well-reasoned and consistent outcomes.
  • Assisting the DIO in:Provide assistance and guidance to staff of the Discipline Inquiry Officer.
    • preparation for discipline inquiry hearings (including analysing discipline briefs, examination of witnesses, reviewing and assessing evidence and submissions).
    • drafting decisions in accordance with administrative law principles including natural justice and with regard to relevant legislation, case law and Victoria Police policy.
    • legal research including previous decisions of the Police Registration and Service Board.
    • the provision of expert guidance and advice to Victoria Police Executive Command on the review of practices, guidelines and trends relating to and emerging from discipline inquiries.
    • the development and ongoing assessment of effective and efficient policies, practices and services that enhance organisational capacity around discipline investigations and other processes.
    • the building of strong partnerships with all stakeholders and ensure an understanding of community, member and organisational expectations and consult with appropriate stakeholders in developing plans and strategies.
    • promoting the integrity of, and community confidence in, Victoria Police's disciplinary processes.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Sound knowledge of relevant legislation and experience in court or tribunal proceedings
  • Significant experience in providing expert and authoritative oral and/or written advice and a clear understanding of the implications and effects of decisions made on the basis of that advice;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a number of complex files simultaneously;
  • Experience in performing legal research with the ability to identify and deal with critical legal issues;
  • Sound leadership and decision-making skills;
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of Victorian Government processes;
  • Strong people skills – including high levels of emotional intelligence, self-awareness and resilience; and
  • A current unrestricted practicing certificate or be eligible to obtain one.

Demonstrated experience in Government Legal Practice Administrative Law and/or Criminal Law would be highly desirable.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Applicants must have admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer with an unrestricted practising certificate.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo National Security Vetting, achieve and maintain a security classification as determined by the Department Head.  To achieve this, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.
  • This position is located at Victoria Police Centre - 637 Flinders Street, Docklands VIC 3008, with a planned move to 311 Spencer St, Melbourne in 2020 however given occasional legal service demand issues; you may be required at times to undertake varied work within other areas of 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 - attached to the job advertisement
  • A copy of your current Australian Lawyer Admission Certificate


Applications close midnight, Thursday, 30 January 2020 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact: Senior Sergeant Paul McAlpine on (03) 9247 1570 or via email

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

About Us:

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

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