Senior Police Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/E20042713A
Closing Date: 30-Jun-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: until 30 June 2024
Attachments: 1. Position Description C3283.docx (Word, 579KB)

2. Application Form 20042713.docx (Word, 627KB)

Contact: Mathilda Minifie

Position Details


About the role:

This is a designated position. In accordance with Special Measures of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

The Victorian State Government has established the Yoorrook Justice Commission, Australia's first truth-telling process into injustices experienced by First Peoples in Victoria. The Commission has been tasked with investigating both the contemporary and historical injustices experienced by Traditional Owners and First Peoples in Victoria in all areas of life since colonisation. Acknowledging the important work that Commission does, Victoria Police has established the Yoorrook Justice Commission Response to coordinate and lead our response and support for this internationally significant truth-telling process.  The legal unit within the Response team is responsible for assessing materials which are responsive to Notices to Produce issued by the Commission, providing legal advice on Victoria Police processes and policies, and potentially supporting witnesses called to give evidence at hearings. The Senior Police Lawyer will work with the Supervising and Managing Lawyers in this work, as well as supporting and mentoring the junior lawyer within the team.

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

Your duties will include:

The Senior Police Lawyer will be part of a team of in-house lawyers supporting Victoria Police's response to the Yoorrook Justice Commission. Their duties may include:

  • Case management of legal functions in response to the Commission including:
    • Responding to notices to produce and
    • Preparing witness statements
    • Briefing witnesses and providing support at hearings
    • Monitoring Commission proceedings for legal issues and risks
    • Preparing legal briefings and advice.
  • Managing and supervising junior lawyers and legal support staff, including by providing legal supervision as required to Police Lawyers under the Legal Profession Uniform Law and supporting their professional development
  • Preparing advice on legal, policy and compliance issues for the royal commission response.
  • Supporting the development of legal reference materials and guidance to facilitate Victoria Police's response to the Commission with consideration of Indigenous Data Sovereignty principals
  • Liaising with and providing legal support to internal stakeholders, including the Aboriginal Community Portfolio Liaising with external legal representatives to facilitate Victoria Police's Commission response, as required.

 As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • A passionate interest in influencing Victoria Police's response to and learnings from the Yoorrook Justice Commission.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for the provision of legal advice and to facilitate liaison with internal stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coordinate and motivate as a senior member or leader of a team.
  • Sound understanding and application of the professionalism, ethics and integrity required to manage high risk matters having regard to the State of Victoria's obligations as a model litigant and the integrity and reputation of Victoria Police.
  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer and possess or be eligible to hold a current Australian Practising Certificate which authorises the holder to supervise legal practice by others (unrestricted).

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full time fixed term position available until 30/06/2024
  • Position location is 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 the 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.

Applications close midnight, 30 June 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: Acting Managing Lawyer Mathilda Minifie on  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 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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