Principal Lawyer - Prosecutions

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) is a statutory authority established to facilitate the effective management of Victoria’s fisheries resources in a coordinated and strategic way that ensures their ongoing sustainability. The VFA functions to ensure that the Government, the recreational and commercial fishing sectors, and the Victorian community can share in and obtain the benefits from sustainable fisheries management. The VFA has around 188 FTE located in the Melbourne CBD, metropolitan Melbourne and across regional Victoria.
Job Details
Department: Department of Transport
Work Type: Ongoing - full time or part time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VFA/VFA/1695383
Closing Date: 08-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Principal Lawyer - VFA Prosecutions Unit VPS6 - January 2023.docx (Word, 551KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Ian Parks
0417899915

Position Details

Principal Lawyer – Prosecutions

  • VPS6: $127,467 - $170,579 plus superannuation
  • Ongoing, Full Time ( flexibility may be available)
  • Melbourne CBD (flexbile)

About the Opportunity

An experienced lawyer with highly developed advocacy skills is sought to lead the VFA's prosecutions capability, including providing legal advice and recommendations to investigators and authorised officers, reviewing briefs of evidence, and preparing and conducting complex prosecutions in court. The incumbent will promote and influence quality decision-making within the VFA to deliver and enhance enforcement outcomes.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Provide high-level expert legal support to the Education & Enforcement Division to achieve strategic enforcement outcomes.
  • Undertake the review of briefs of evidence and other legal documentation to a very high standard
  • Manage individual caseload of complex prosecutions, including appropriate negotiation of issues to achieve early resolution.
  • Appear on behalf of the VFA to undertake complex prosecutions for summary and indictable offences, both contested and uncontested, including case conferences, and complete associated duties

Role Requirements

  • Admitted to practice (or eligible for admission) as an Australian Lawyer in accordance with the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic).
  • Currently hold, or eligible to hold, an Australian Practising Certificate.

Specialist / Technical Expertise

  • At least 5 years post-qualification experience is required.
  • Demonstrated history as front-line prosecutor in contested, complex, serious criminal cases
  • Demonstrated history working within a multi-disciplinary investigation and prosecution team
  • Demonstrated history of conducting magistrates' and county court hearings and trials, inclusive of positive engagement with DPP

How to Apply

Applications close 11.59pm on Febrauary 8, 2023. For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity, please contact Ian Parks - Director, Education and Enforcement Division at 0417 899 915.

for further information about the role please refer to attached PD.

Please note:
This position requires the successful employee to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or medical evidence which confirms the individual is unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical contraindication or an acute medical illness. To be considered up to date vaccinated, you must have been administered COVID-19 vaccines as determined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). VFA is requiring all staff to be Vaccinated and to have had Booster Vaccination (Triple vaccinated as a minimum).

Failure to comply with this condition of employment will impact your eligibility for employment in this position with VFA. Preferred applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Victorian fisheries authority will be treated in the strictest confidence.

VFA is committed to inclusive recruitment with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and gender diverse people, the LGBTIQ+ community, people living with disabilities and those from Culturally and Linguistically diverse communities. That's why we encourage people in these groups to apply, even if you don't meet every single requirement, or your skills don't perfectly align. You might still be the right candidate or be the right fit for another role.


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