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/JE20043886
Closing Date: 25-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description.docx (Word, 575KB)

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

Contact: Supervising Lawyer Justin Debrincat
03 8533 0332 or

Position Details

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience working as a Senior Police Lawyer within Victoria Police, Counter Terrorism Legal Unit (CTLU).  CTLU is part of the Specialist Legal Branch and operates as a legal practice who specialise in Counter Terrorism (CT) related law and legal policy.  CTLU's primary function is to support the Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) to provide an effective response to terrorism incidents through the application of the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003 and other Acts.  As a member of our team, you will be instrumental in legally supporting operational police execute their functions in keeping Victorian's safe from terrorist incidents.

No two days are ever the same at the CTLU—by joining our small team (which consists of both sworn and VPS lawyers), you'll be able to hone your skills in a supportive environment in a variety of legal work which will include:  the provision of expert legal advice to members of CTC; support and training to CTC in response to counter terrorism operations and in post incident settings; driving legislative reform relating to CT and related policy implementation; supporting the delivery of services by Victoria for the High-Risk Terrorist Offender (HRTO) Regime under Division 105A of the Commonwealth Criminal Code; as well as other various legal services that fall outside of the CT environment and within the broader legal services department.

As the successful applicant, you will need to demonstrate an ability to:

  • Understand the processes of legislative and policy reform
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in written form
  • Work autonomously in a professional and mature environment
  • Have a broad and contemporary understanding of the policing environment, and CT Law
  • Promote and work well within in a small team environment
  • Maintain a contemporary understanding and awareness of counter terrorism legal issues and issues that affect Counter Terrorism Command and,
  • Have sound legal research skills.

The role is challenging and dynamic but will present the successful applicant with a rewarding experience and prospects of future career progression.

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

Your duties will include:

  • Undertaking preparatory and court work associated with the provision and protection of information provided to the Cth by Victoria Police regarding Division 105A Cth Criminal Code applications and proceedings (HRTO),
  • Drafting and provision of legal advice in connection with the Terrorism (Community Protection) Act 2003, Surveillances Devices Act 2014 and the Crimes Act 1958 and other legislation
  • Advising on and driving the development of legislative reform in relation to counter terrorism matters
  • Providing operational legal support and advice to CT investigators and other CT practitioners
  • Delivery of and facilitating training to CT Command members on CT related laws and processes
  • Engaging with internal and external stakeholders at the Commonwealth and state levels
  • Instructing Counsel and occasional appearance work in both Federal and State jurisdictions.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Be admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer (hold a restricted or unrestricted Practising Certificate)
  • Have the ability to effectively work as part of a small team
  • Hold a Negative Vetting 2 National Security Clearance or undergo and successfully obtain the clearance. To obtain this clearance you must be an Australian Citizen
  • A current and valid Drivers' Licence is highly desirable

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, fixed term until 30/06/2025 position available.
  • The salary range for a VPS4 role is $92,332 to $104,762 (covering salary ranges VPSG4).  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).
  • This position is located at Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • This position requires shift work as indicated in the Position Description (as attached to the advertisement).
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo National Security Vetting, achieve and maintain a security classification as determined by the Department Head. To achieve this, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.
  • The successful applicant 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.  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.

Applications close midnight, 25 June 2024.

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, please contact: Supervising Lawyer Justin Debrincat on (03) 8533 0332 or No recruitment agencies please.

We welcome applications from people with disability. 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 requirement/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email or on (03) 8335 8082..

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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