Senior Solicitor, Police Branch - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO171
Closing Date: 24-Nov-2019
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Solicitor, Police.docx (Word, 88KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Pieta Spencer
(03) 9032 3052

Position Details

Senior Solicitor, Police Branch - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

  • Exposure to high profile Police issues
  • Operate with autonomy on interesting legal matters
  • Fixed term (12 months) | Full time
  • VPS 5 $98,396 - $119,052 + super p.a. (depending on experience)

About the VGSO

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

The VGSO provides responsive legal services exclusively for the Victorian Government and public sector. Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving. We operate as a service-driven legal professional practice and strive for excellence in this competitive environment. In all aspects of our operations, we aim to role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

About the branch and role

We are currently looking for a passionate and motivated Senior Solicitor to join our Police Branch.

The Police Branch provides legal services, strategic advice and representation to the Chief Commissioner of Police and, by extension, all Victoria Police personnel across the State. The Police Branch is involved in a diverse range of matters, including but not limited to:

  • Criminal law, police duties, powers and responsibilities;
  • Statutory interpretation, criminal disclosure obligations and subpoenas;
  • Administrative law, privacy and information sharing;
  • Forensic procedures and intervention order applications; and
  • Summary prosecutions and emergency management.

The successful candidate for this role will almost exclusively be working on matters relating to the Royal Commission into Management of Police Informants, including litigation and public interest immunity claims.

About the successful applicants

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience providing oral and written advice, carrying out complex legal research and analysis, advocating in various jurisdictions, working collaboratively in a team and building positive relationships with stakeholders.

You will have demonstrated experience working on complex litigation with tight timeframes and an understanding or willingness to learn about the principles and practice of law in the following areas:

  • Police powers, duties and responsibilities;
  • Administrative law and public interest immunity claims; and
  • Discipline and integrity, privacy and information sharing.

Please note a requirement of this role is holding a Negative Vetting 2 security clearance or be willing to obtain one.


In exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and 17.5% annual leave loading. The VGSO embraces flexibility and welcomes a conversation to help you achieve work-life balance.

How to apply

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply now! Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Candidates will also be required to complete a few questions covering the Key Selection Criteria as part of the online application form. Please note it is not required to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately.

To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached. Alternatively, you can contact Pieta Spencer, Recruitment Consultant, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, 24 November 2019.

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