Principal Legal Adviser

The Commission is an independent statutory body that promotes improvement in policies and practices affecting the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people. It has a particular focus on vulnerable children and young people. The Commission is also the regulator for the Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme. The Commission supports flexible and hybrid working models Mandatory Vaccinations The Commission is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and stakeholders. Employees will be required to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus a minimum of one booster) against preventable diseases, such as COVID-19, based on Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions and the Commission’s policies. When required, the Commission will need to collect proof of your vaccination status
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Department: Commission for Children and Young People
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/PLA-1
Closing Date: 26-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Position description - Principal Legal Adviser (Regulatory) - VPS 6.docx (Word, 110KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Giovanna Tivisini, General Counsel
0419 182 118,

Position Details

The Principal Legal Adviser (Regulatory) is part of the legal services team and is primarily focused on the Commission's regulatory functions (CSS and RCS).

The Principal Legal Adviser provides legal advice and services to the Principal Commissioner, the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Regulation on regulatory matters including investigations under the RCS, information sharing, compliance and enforcement for both CSS and RCS, VCAT reviews and litigation. This role may also provide other legal advice and services within the Commission.

At times this position requires engagement with challenging and confronting subject matter. This role will best suit a candidate who is resilient, empathetic, a team player and able to work in a fast-paced environment.


In this role you will:

  • Provide authoritative advice on complex legal issues primarily related to the Commission's regulatory functions
  • Prepare briefings, reports, submissions, legal documents and correspondence required by the Commission
  • Manage staff within the team and actively contribute to the development of a positive and high-performing team culture
  • Develop and maintain relationships with co-regulators and other legal and law enforcement staff and professionals

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Strong stakeholder management and written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in an area related to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • A current Australian practicing certificate which entitles practice in Victoria as an employee of a legal practice

What we can offer you

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • A friendly and supportive working environment.
  • Training and development opportunities.
  • Free access to the building's lifestyle centre including a gym, secure bicycles storage, shower rooms with hair dryers, straighteners, ironing board and fresh towels.
  • Free Parcel Lockers – no more missing deliveries or rushing home to meet the courier.

Applications close midnight Monday 26 September 2022


How to Apply

Please include a resume and covering letter.

There will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond. There is no need to respond to the selection criteria itself.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

The Commission is committed to diversity and strongly encourages people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from different cultural backgrounds, LGBTI+ people and people with disabilities.

The Commission is headed by the Principal Commissioner, Liana Buchanan, and the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Meena Singh.

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