Legal Assistant, Police Advisory Branch - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email peopleandculture@vgso.vic.gov.au

Job Details
Department: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO397
Closing Date: 19-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $54,755 - $70,315
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Legal Assistant, PAB.docx (Word, 90KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Pieta Baccinetti
(03) 9032 3052

Position Details

  • Contribute to high profile Police matters
  • Join a supportive team environment
  • Continue building your legal administrative support experience
  • Ongoing | Full time
  • VPS 2 ($54,755 - $70,315 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 Police Advisory 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 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.

About the role

An exciting opportunity exists for a dedicated Legal Assistant to join our Police Advisory Branch as part of the legal support team that provides comprehensive secretarial and administrative support to a team of solicitors. Day to day responsibilities would include:

  • Preparing correspondence and court documents – drafting and typing
  • Assisting in preparing matters for court, including liaising with clients, witnesses and barristers
  • 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
  • Internal reception duties when working in the office
  • General administration – photocopying, couriers, billing

Skills and experience

  • Demonstrated experience providing legal support
  • Confident in providing high quality and responsiveness legal administrative assistance to more than one solicitor
  • Understanding of litigation processes/procedures and court systems would be highly desirable
  • Experience in, and willingness to, provide internal receptionist duties when working in the office
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and has the ability to operate autonomously
  • Excellent attention to detail with a commitment to service excellence

Please note a requirement of this role is holding a Baseline, Negative Vetting 1 or 2 security clearance or be willing to obtain one if required.

Benefits

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 Wednesday, 19 January 2022.

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

The VGSO is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the VGSO's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all VGSO employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the VGSO you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account);
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account); or
  • A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.


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