Principal Solicitor (Media)

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) is an independent statutory authority responsible for preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions in Victoria on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Matters prosecuted by the DPP and the OPP involve serious crimes or matters that are of significance to the fair and effective operation of the Victorian criminal justice system. The OPP consists of the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions and a staff of approximately 475 providing legal and corporate support to the DPP, the Chief Crown Prosecutor and Crown Prosecutors in the exercise of their independent roles in the criminal justice system.
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Department: Office of Public Prosecutions
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/OPP511A
Closing Date: 26-May-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $152,772
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: OPP511 - Principal Solicitor (Media) - Position Description - May 2024.docx (Word, 80KB)

Contact: OPP Recruitment

Position Details

Principal Solicitor (Media), Policy and Specialised Legal Division

1x Full Time, Ongoing Position Available

The OPP has an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to join our Policy and Specialised Legal Division (PASL) as a Principal Solicitor (Media)!

PASL plays a key role in supporting the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), OPP Executive team and legal practice at the OPP. The PASL team engages in specialised legal work including providing advice, law reform consultations and other projects.

The successful incumbent will be managing all media enquiries and monitoring the media and criminal justice landscapes to identify opportunities and potential risks for the OPP.

The successful incumbent is required to have significant experience in media and providing strategic external communications advice and support.

Flexible working arrangements, including hybrid working options are available.

About the Role:

  • Manage, as the primary point of contact, all media enquiries, and maintain and develop professional working relationships with media and communications stakeholders.
  • Proactively monitor and assess the media and criminal justice landscapes, and develop effective media engagement strategies and advice that take advantage of opportunities and minimize potential risks to the OPP.
  • Assess and respond, as appropriate and in accordance with instructions, to potential breaches of suppression order/other non-publication order and contempt of court issues.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and respond to media enquiries and maintain professional and productive working relationships with media representatives.
  • High level analytical and research skills to assist in the development and application of media policy and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of media law, and criminal law and procedure, or the ability to rapidly acquire this understanding and apply it to assess and respond to potential breaches and potential contempt's.

To apply, you will need to submit a resume and a cover letter

Confidential enquiries and applications should be directed to our exclusively retained consultant, Michelle Young on 0483 918 526.

In accordance with the VPS recruitment process all candidates are subject to complete a pre-employment misconduct screening declaration. Further information is available on the VPSC website:

Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 26 May 2024.

The OPP is committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  People from all cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, particularly applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, or those who may experience disability related barriers in securing employment. If you require assistance with the recruitment process, or have accessibility requirements please contact

Persons considering applying for these positions should note that the recruitment process may be used to fill a commensurate position/s within 3 months of the completion of the recruitment without any further advertisement or interview. Please note this recruitment process, including interviews, will be conducted remotely.


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