Police Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Ballarat - Central Highlands
Reference: VG/E20041899B
Closing Date: 28-Feb-2024
Salary Range: $74,580 - $90,558
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Descrtiption - C3282.docx (Word, 577KB)

2. VPS3 Application Form.docx (Word, 626KB)

Contact: Adam McCormack
03 53366192 or adam.mccormack@police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain experience working as a Police Lawyer within 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 a team of enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated Police Lawyers to prosecute primarily in the Drug Court but also prosecute a range of complex family violence intervention order matters across multiple court jurisdictions. As the successful applicant, you will need to demonstrate an ability to handle busy court lists and to manage competing priorities effectively. This role offers an opportunity to tailor your skills to an array of matters that vary in complexity. Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.

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


Your duties will include:

  • Appearing as an advocate, caseload management and providing legal advice/information to a range of clients in the areas of specialists Drug Court, family violence, criminal prosecutions, civil law, and other areas as directed.
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships within Victoria Police.
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders across agencies to ensure cooperative and proactive approaches to addressing community harm.
  • Regularly attending and appearing in the Magistrates' Court, and Children's Court jurisdictions.
  • Managing cases and the prosecution of Specialist Drug Court, family violence intervention orders, criminal related matters, firearms applications and licensing issues matters on behalf of Victoria Police.
  • Attending court where you will be required to interview affected family members, affected persons (victims), respondents and witnesses.
  • Liaising with legal representatives and court staff.
  • Providing support and assistance to Senior and Supervising Lawyers in the management of more complex cases. You will also be required to provide professional guidance to Legal Support Officers as directed by your senior managers. 
  • Tailoring your skills to an array of matters that vary in complexity.
  • Ability to work in a team and in a developing and emerging work environment.
  • A high level of resilience and emotional intelligence.


As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer.
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to work effectively in a specialist team.
  • A current and valid Victorian Driver Licence.


Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) full time, fixed term until 30/06/2024.
  • The salary range for a VPS3 role is $74,580 to $90,558 (covering salary ranges VPSG 3.1 and VPSG 3.2).  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).
  • As a member of the CPSD you will be located on selection, at a specific office for a particular advertised opportunity. The primary location for this position is Ballarat Prosecutions Unit, 101 Albert Street Ballarat 3350. However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department. This promotes professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains and supports the Department's commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce.
  • This position may require you to work outside normal hours.
  • 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.


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.


Applications close midnight, Wednesday 28 February 2024.


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: Adam McCormack on 0353366192 or via email  adam.mccormack@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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