Supervising Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/JE20042591
Closing Date: 10-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description - C3284.docx (Word, 579KB)


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


Contact: Senior Sergeant Annerley Phelan
annerley.phelan@police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role:

The Disclosure Management Unit (DMU) sits within the Courts and Specialist Prosecutions Division, Legal Services Department. The key objectives of the unit include: 

  • Enhancing organisational capability;
  • Promoting effective and consistent management of and compliance with Victoria Police's disclosure obligations; and
  • Supporting the organisation to acquit key recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants and the IBAC investigation into Operation Gloucester. 

DMU works with external stakeholders including the Office of Public Prosecutions and Victorian Government Solicitor's Office to provide a consistent approach to compliance with disclosure obligations in criminal proceedings.

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

Your duties will include:

  • Supervisor duties in a small unit of specialist Prosecutors & Lawyers
  • Engaging with the Victoria Police Project Team and other key stakeholders to acquit recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants and IBAC investigation into Operation Gloucester
  • Provide timely and high-level advice to internal and external stakeholders concerning disclosure related issues affecting the organisation and to ensure Victoria Police complies with its disclosure obligations
  • Conduct legal research and assist in the provision of timely expert and authoritative advice to the Divisional management team on issues which might affect performance, or which might impact Victoria Police complying with its disclosure obligations
  • Assisting informants to liaise with the Victorian Government's Solicitor's Office in the preparation of Public Interest Immunity claims and litigation
  • Attending court to instruct in applications and litigation concerning Public Interest Immunity Claims and any other matters as required in partnership with relevant stakeholders
  • Designing, developing and delivering training to educate and promote disclosure understanding and compliance within the organisation
  • Providing proactive supervision to colleagues to ensure a safe, inclusive and equitable work environment that is free from workplace harm
  • Appear as advocate, when required, in applications and hearings primarily in relation to claims of Public Interest Immunity

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Have strong, people focused management and leadership skills, with excellent knowledge of all relevant areas of the law, policy, procedure and police practice, especially relating to disclosure.
  • Have extensive and current advocacy experience
  • Be admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer and have, or be able to rapidly acquire, an unrestricted legal practising certificate
  • Have demonstrated high-level communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have a proven ability to liaise, negotiate and influence high-level stakeholders in complex legal matters, including in a litigation setting
  • Have the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • Have demonstrated experience and capability to provide advice to all levels of the organisation, including Executive Command.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) full time, ongoing position available
  • Positions are located at 2/456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • 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, Sunday 10 July 2022. 

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) website, Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) 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: Senior Sergeant Annerley Phelan via email annerley.phelan@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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