Principal Legal Officer

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Department: Victorian Disability Worker Commission
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VDWC/637300A
Closing Date: 06-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: up to 30.Jun.2023
Attachments: 2021-11-22 PD 637300 Principal Legal Officer - Copy.docx (Word, 100KB)
Job Specification

2021-11-22 PD 637300 Principal Legal Officer - Copy.pdf (PDF, 96KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Prue Elletson

Position Details


Reporting to the General Counsel, the Principal Legal Officer will provide authoritative legal advice supporting the Victorian Disability Worker Commission (the Commission) and the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria (the Board) established under the Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 (Vic) (the Act). This position will assist the General Counsel in ensuring that the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme (the Scheme) is administered in accordance with the Act, the Commission's guiding principles as well as all other relevant legislation.   


Are you


  • Enthusiastic about the opportunity to provide legal advice to a newly established Commission and Board and support the operational requirements of a significant piece of legislation?
  • Able to think strategically and innovatively to guide the ongoing development and maintenance of operational policy and procedures?   
  • A confident senior legal professional with exceptional interpersonal skills who excels in building and developing legal knowledge within a government department or statutory body?
  • Looking for a challenging and exciting opportunity to work in an innovative regulatory setting?


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19)  based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.

For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH and FSV COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy.docx (

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.  

For further information please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (

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