Senior Police Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Shepparton - Goulburn
Reference: VG/E20041910D
Closing Date: 14-Feb-2022
Salary Range: $88,955 - $100,930
Job Duration: Until 30/06/2022
Attachments: 1. Position Description C3283.docx (Word, 579KB)

2. VPS Application Form - 20041910.docx (Word, 347KB)

Contact: Acting Senior Sergeant Brendan TYRRELL
(02) 6049 2790 /

Position Details

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain experience working as a Senior Police Lawyer at 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 a range of matters in the Children's Court jurisdiction in a number of country locations. The position will be aligned to the Specialist Children's Court Prosecutions Unit (Melbourne), but embedded within the Shepparton Prosecutions Unit. The role will service a number of court locations within the North East Prosecutions region. The region includes four prosecution units; Shepparton, Seymour, Wangaratta and Wodonga, which collectively service nine court locations. The position will focus on augmenting existing prosecution resources to a range of matters prosecuted by Victoria Police in the Children's Court jurisdiction.

If you have detailed knowledge of the Children's Court jurisdiction and a commitment to understanding the changing trends, policies and legislation in this jurisdiction, plus the aptitude to foster collegiate professional relationships with key stakeholders; then this job is for you.

The successful applicant will have the proven ability to undertake extensive case management and in-court advocacy of a range of matters varying in complexity. Whilst this role will ostensibly focus on prosecuting in the Children's Court jurisdiction, an opportunity to tailor your skills in other jurisdictions will also be available. Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support 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 Children's Court of Victoria and other areas as directed on behalf of Victoria Police.
  • 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.
  • Establishing, and progressing collegiate working relationships with legal representatives and court staff. 
  • Providing support and assistance to operational police members, Police Lawyers and police prosecutors in the management of cases in the Children's Court. 
  • You will also be required to supervise and provide professional guidance to direct reports as directed by your senior managers. 
  • Contributing to the reporting and governance requirements of the position and the unit.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer, with an unrestricted practising certificate.
  • Current drivers' licence.
  • The ability to work in a team and in a developing and emerging work environment. The successful applicant will be committed to contributing to positive workplace culture.
  • A high level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the Children's Court jurisdiction.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) full time, fixed term until 30/06/2022 position available.
  • This position is based at Shepparton Prosecutions Unit, 155 Welsford Street, Shepparton.
  • 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.
  • 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 at other locations.  This supports the Department's commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.

Your application must include:

  • Resume – no more than 3 pages in length, with dot-points encouraged.
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.
  • A copy of your current Unrestricted Practicing Certificate.

Applications close midnight, 14 February 2022.

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

For further information on this role please contact: Acting Senior Sergeant Brendan TYRRELL on (02) 6049 2790 during business hours, 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 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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