Principal Lawyer

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Other
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: VIC - Multiple Locations
Closing Date: 30-Jul-2017
Salary Range: $113,156 - $151,426
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: C3188.docx (Word, 432KB)
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Application Form.docx (Word, 628KB)
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Contact: Irene Chrisopoulidis on (03) 8628 3218

Position Details

Providing leadership and expertise at the highest level, this is an exciting opportunity to obtain valuable experience and expand your career working as a Principal Lawyer in Victoria Police.  In order to address repeat victimisation, recidivism and unique offending across diverse demographics, more specialist courts are opening.  Victoria Police is seeking to meet this demand with enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated advocates to prosecute a range of complex family violence and criminal related prosecution matters across multiple court jurisdictions.

The roles in the Legal and Prosecutions Specialist Branch are available at Melbourne CBD, Dandenong, Sunshine and Morwell and offer an opportunity to perform high level advocacy work as well as providing leadership and supervision to broader reform work occurring within Legal Services Department.

The primary responsibilities of the Principal Lawyer will be to prosecute high level, complex legal matters including family violence and criminal related matters and to appear in Courts across various jurisdictions.  This includes appearing in all jurisdictions to prosecute matters on behalf of Victoria Police and to offer a strategic approach to specialist prosecutions in the areas of Family Violence, Children's Court, the Office of Chief Examiner and other areas. 

In addition to the complex advocacy and strategic work, the Principal Lawyer will provide leadership and develop procedures, policies and programs to support the deployment of Police Lawyers across the state. The role will also have a supervisory function in relation to a team of Police Lawyers as part of the expansion of advocacy services within Victoria Police.  This includes providing operational support to staff and ensuring that service delivery and practice across the state is optimised.  Providing leadership, mentoring and professional development of legal staff will be a key focus of this role.

The incumbent will develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships both within and external to Victoria Police and to actively lead and drive the broader family violence reform agenda to ensure a co-operative and proactive approach to addressing community harm in Victoria.

You will need to demonstrate experience in complex advocacy work, as well as leadership and management experience, excellent communication skills and high quality written legal and strategic advice to support complex legal and/or policy issues.  Experience and subject matter expertise in family violence and family law would be beneficial.

Victoria Police is a professional, diverse and flexible workforce that continues to lead the way in victim centric support, while striving to prevent and reduce community harm.


As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (Unrestricted Practising Certificate)
  • High level understanding and experience as a court advocate across all jurisdictions
  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of high quality written legal and strategic advice
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence
  • Experience in leading, coaching, mentoring and developing lawyers in managing high volume and complex matters
  • Ability to work and lead a team in a developing and emerging work environment
  • A formal management qualification and formal teaching or training qualification would be advantageous
  • A current Drivers' Licence.



Requirements and relevant information:

*Your usual place of work will be within the Prosecutions Division (Legal and Prosecutions Specialist Branch), Legal Services Department, however you may be required to work at any other division within the Department / Command as required.

* This position may require you to work outside normal hours from time to time.

* 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 Legal Services Department. This supports the Department's commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.

* Positions are available in a variety of locations including Melbourne CBD, Dandenong, Sunshine and Morwell.


How to Apply

Please click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this advertisement. Please view the full Position Description attached to this advertisement before applying. If you are experiencing accessibility issues, please open the Position Description through Acrobat Reader.

When opening the Application Form which is attached to the advertisement, please ‘save' a copy to complete.  Please note that applicants are NOT required to respond to each key selection criteria listed in the position description. 


Applications must include:

     -     Resume

     -     Completed application form


If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Irene Chrisopoulidis on (03) 8628 3218 or via email

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 / adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact  the VPS Recruitment Team via email



Please note: No applications will be accepted via email, applicants must click on “Apply Now” to submit an application.

Closing date for applications is midnight, Sunday 30 July 2017


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