Legal Assistant, Public Law & Planning - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO367
Closing Date: 28-Oct-2021
Salary Range: $54,755 - $70,315
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Legal Assistant, PuLP.docx (Word, 88KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Pieta Baccinetti
(03) 9032 3052

Position Details

  • Contribute to matters of high profile public interest
  • Join a supportive team environment
  • Great opportunity to grow within this role
  • Ongoing | Full-time
  • VPS 2 ($54,755 - $69,276 p.a. + superannuation)

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

The Public Law & Planning (PuLP) Branch of the VGSO provides litigation services and formal legal advice in multiple areas of law including but not limited to, administrative law, constitutional law, human rights and anti-discrimination law and planning, environment and heritage law.

About the role

An exciting opportunity exists for an eager and enthusiastic Legal Assistant to join our Public Law and Planning Branch as part of the legal support team that provides comprehensive secretarial and administrative support to a team of solicitors.

You will assist a team of solicitors in preparing matters for hearings and help assist them run their practices efficiently and effectively. No two days will be the same and you will enjoy a diverse workload and work collaboratively as part of a highly professional, busy and fast paced team.

The successful candidate will have previous legal support experience, preferably within a litigation environment. This role will provide you with the opportunity to take ownership and build a long-term career with great development and progression opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to work on and contribute to high profile matters of public interest.


  • Preparing correspondence and court documents – drafting and typing (dictaphone)
  • Amending & formatting documents
  • File management – maintaining orderly, up to date legal files in electronic and hard copy format
  • Diary and email management – monitoring emails, calendars and recording deadlines
  • Telephone assistance – both incoming and screening
  • General administration – photocopying, couriers, billing, relieving reception
  • Looking for ways to reduce the administrative workload of your solicitors

Skills and experience

  • Prior experience as a Legal Assistant, preferably within a litigation environment
  • Confident in providing high level legal administrative assistance to more than one solicitor
  • Strong understanding of litigation processes/procedures and court systems
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and an ability to conduct research using online databases and systems
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and has the ability to operate autonomously
  • High attention to detail with a commitment to service excellence


In exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and up to 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. Please note it is not a requirement to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately but applicants should outline their relevant experience in their cover letter.

To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached. Alternatively, you can contact Pieta Baccinetti, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday, 28 October 2021.

Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including but not limited to, reference checks, pre-employment misconduct screening and criminal record checks.

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