Principal Legal Counsel

If you're looking for a role in a dynamic and community-focused organisation that is making a genuine impact on the lives of all Victorians, the Principal Legal Counsel position could be right fit for you.

In this role you will:

  • contribute to the effective functioning of the Legal team and the commission, with a particular focus on the provision of strategic legal advice on a diverse range of maters, encompassing general operational advice, administrative law and statutory interpretation.

  • frequently engage with senior internal stakeholders including commissioners and the executive team, effectively communicating risks and legal issues involved in commission decisions.

  • supervise and mentor junior lawyers within the team, including the settling of written advice.
  • Job Details
    Department: Essential Services Commission
    Work Type: Ongoing - full time
    Job Function: Legal
    Classification: VPSG6
    Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
    Reference: VG/ESC/ESC/1799643
    Closing Date: 21-Jun-2024
    Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
    Job Duration: N/A
    Attachments: PD - Position Description - VPSG6 Principal Legal Counsel, GLOE.docx (Word, 72KB)

    ESC - Department Digital Prospectus.pdf (PDF, 7.45MB)

    Contact: Nicole Ward
    9032 6277 or

    Position Details

    Position details

    The position is responsible for:

    • providing and overseeing the consistent delivery of practical, strategic legal advice on a diverse range of matters, including pertaining to the regulation of energy, water and the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.
    • collaborating across the commission on strategic initiatives and projects, providing legal guidance and expertise and effectively communicating risks and legal issues involved in commission decisions.
    • undertaking legal review of a range of documentation including commission and committee papers, publications and legal instruments.
    • supporting the Director, Legal to drive the delivery of best practice legal advice and guidance, ensuring the legal services provided by the team are high-quality and practical.

    Please refer to the attached position description for the principal functions and key selection criteria.

    Applications must be made through the Careers Victoria website by midnight, 21 June 2024. For further information regarding the role please contact Nicole Ward, Director Legal on (03) 9032 6277 or

    About us

    The Essential Services Commission is Victoria's independent economic regulator of essential services supplied by a range of industries. The commission's functions include:

    • making regulatory decisions with respect to prescribed industries (including price determinations, licensing, customer protection and access disputes).
    • undertaking reviews and providing advice to Ministers on a range of economic and regulatory matters.
    • administering the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

    Be part of a highly respected and professional organisation that allows you to apply your knowledge while supporting flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance work and life. You'll be working in a dynamic and collaborative environment with opportunities for professional growth. 

    How to apply

    Please include the following in your application:

    • a cover letter outlining your skills, knowledge and experience relating to this opportunity
    • a current resume

    Please note this role will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory pre-employment screening including criminal records, qualification checks and a statutory declaration outlining any previous misconduct investigations.

    You can apply by selecting the “Apply Now” button.


    We are Equal Employment Opportunity employer with inclusive leaders committed to driving a workplace culture that prioritises equity, safety, respect, and flexibility for all staff. We uphold the principles of Aboriginal self-determination in caring for our community.

    We encourage applicants who are Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander, of any age, gender identity, parental/carer status, ability, religion, or cultural background to apply. If you require any adjustments to equitably participate in our recruitment process, please contact We look forward to receiving your application.





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