Legal Assistant, Workplace Relations and Occupational Safety

As the primary source of legal services to the Victorian State Government and its statutory authorities, the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office provides strategic advice and practical legal solutions. Our clients face a wide range of legal issues and are looking for legal advice and solutions that offer meaningful outcomes and effective risk management, given their unique government context.

We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email

Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SO2961
Closing Date: 23-Oct-2017
Salary Range: $49,216 - $63,201
Job Duration: n/a
Attachments: PD - Legal Assistant, WROS (October).docx (Word, 81KB)
Job Specification

Contact: AbbyMcDonald
03 9032 3052

Position Details

The VGSO provides strategic advice and practical legal solutions to the Victorian government, departments, agencies and authorities. Our clients face a wide range of legal issues and seek legal advice and solutions that offer meaningful outcomes and effective risk management, given their unique government context. In all aspects of its operations, the VGSO aims to comply with its values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

The VGSO has recently developed a three year strategic plan, VGSO 2020. Key objectives for the coming three years include:

  • To strengthen and grow our client relationships;
  • To develop and enhance the capability, health and wellbeing of our people;
  • Ensuring our financial sustainability; and
  • Diversifying our service offering to strengthen government legal expertise.


About the branch:

The Workplace Relations and Occupational Health and Safety practice group provides practical advice and solutions for issues arising in the unique workplace environment in which the public sector operates. Our expertise covers workplace relations, industrial action and disputation, enterprise bargaining and change management, occupational health and safety, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination, disciplinary action, regulatory boards and tribunals, machinery of government and transfer of business issues, and risk management in the employment context


About the role:

A unique and exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and experienced Legal Assistant to provide comprehensive secretarial and administrative support to a team of solicitors in our Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety Branch.  We are seeking an experienced legal administrative assistant to do the following:

  • Preparing correspondence and court documents – drafting and typing (dictaphone)
  • Amending & formatting documents
  • File management – maintaining orderly, up to date legal files
  • Diary and email management – monitoring emails, calendars and recording deadlines
  • Telephone assistance – both incoming and screening
  • General administration – photocopying, couriers, billing, relieving reception

This position works across a range of matters and is based within a dynamic and passionate team. As such, you will work with highly skilled and passionate lawyers in this niche area.


About you:

To be successful in this role you will have the following experience:

  • A minimum of two years' experience in a similar role within a legal environment
  • Demonstrated experience in performing a range of legal support duties to multiple solicitors
  • Superior time management skills and excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to appropriately deal with sensitive and highly confidential information with a high level of tact, discretion and judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to use your initiative to proactively seek work and identify process improvements

You can read more about the application process and working at the VGSO (including our numerous benefits) on our website Alternatively, you can contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on (03) 9032 3052


TO APPLY: Candidates must submit the online application form, including the custom questionnaire, and upload a current CV and cover letter.

Applications close before midnight on Monday, 23 October, 2017.

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