Senior Research and Policy Officer

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is a central agency for law reform in Victoria. We are a statutory authority, established under the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000.

We aim to make a significant contribution to maintaining and further developing a fair, just, responsive, inclusive and accessible legal system for all Victorians.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to fairer, more up-to-date and accessible laws appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.
Job Details
Department: Victorian Law Reform Commission
Work Type: Various
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VARIOUSMAY2024
Closing Date: 16-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: VLRC Position Description - Senior Research and Policy Officer - May 2024.pdf (PDF, 76KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Merrin Mason on 03 8608 7829
merrin.mason@lawreform.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Utilise your research and policy expertise to provide support and advice to the Victorian Law Reform Commission branch
  • 3x Ongoing or Fixed-Term, Full-Time opportunities to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5: $117,718 - $128,897 plus superannuation.

About Us:

There are exciting opportunities to contribute to the Victorian Law Reform Commission's latest inquiry - Artificial Intelligence in Victoria's courts and tribunals and to contribute to its community law reform work.

The right candidate(s) will have highly developed legal and non-legal research skills and proven ability to analyse complex legal and policy issues. You will have a demonstrated ability to identify reform trends and develop options for improving law and practice. Complimenting these skills you will have highly developed writing skills, excellent oral communication, liaison and interpersonal skills, and an ability to work with external stakeholders.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission, established by the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic),is an independent, government-funded organisation, and the peak law reform body in Victoria. It reports to the Attorney-General and the Parliament of Victoria in discharging its statutory functions.

About the Role:

This position is for an experienced senior research and policy officer. The work will predominantly be in legal research, stakeholder consultations and the production of law reform publications. You will have excellent legal research, policy and writing skills, be a good communicator and be able to work effectively in a small team.

Relevant experience in the area of technology and the law, particularly artificial intelligence and its application to the legal sector or government decision making, is desirable.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Undertaking high-level legal and non-legal research into complex and diverse areas of the law and practice.  
  • Drafting publications for editing by the Team Leader and Commission Chairperson.
  • Developing options and recommendations for reform of the law and practice.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

About You:

As an ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Highly developed legal and non-legal research skills and proven ability to conduct research into complex legal and policy issues.
  • Evidence of highly developed writing skills including the ability to simplify and communicate complex issues of policy and law reform to a non-legal audience in a range of publications and formats.
  • Ability to identify trends and opportunities for law and policy reform and develop options for improving law and practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyse, absorb, and manage large volumes of material and produce written work to agreed timetables.
  • Experience of law reform processes and methodology.
  • Experience of community consultation processes.

How to Apply:

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

FOR INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

CHILD SAFE STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT:

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.


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