Solicitor, Inquiries, Prosecutions & Administrative Law - 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: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO403
Closing Date: 26-Jan-2022
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Solicitor, IPA (Inquiries).docx (Word, 89KB)
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Position Description - Solicitor, IPA (Regulatory Law).docx (Word, 89KB)
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Position Details

  • Unique opportunity to work on regulation and administrative law matters, disciplinary reviews, Royal Commissions and Inquiries
  • Exposure to diverse, challenging and fulfilling legal work and high profile issues
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Multiple roles available
  • VPS 3 or VPS 4 $71,853 - $100,930 p.a. + superannuation (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 have an exciting opportunity for a number of enthusiastic and motivated Solicitors to join the Inquiries, Prosecutions & Administrative Law Branch.

The Inquiries, Prosecutions and Administrative Law Branch comprises a number of legal teams that provide specialist legal services and advice to the State in relation to; regulation, administrative law and disciplinary reviews, Inquiries and Royal Commissions.

The Inquiries teams provide specialist legal services and legal advice in relation to Inquiries and Royal Commissions including:

  • Establishment of Royal Commissions (exclusive services)
  • Management of notices to produce including document review
  • Witness and hearing preparation
  • Briefing and instructing counsel
  • State submissions and strategic responses
  • Project management and reporting

The Administrative and Regulatory Law teams provide litigation services and legal advice in the following areas:

  • Merits review of administrative decisions and related court proceedings
  • Investigations and criminal procedure
  • Business and occupational licensing
  • Conduct reviews, professional disciplinary proceedings and summary prosecutions
  • Freedom of information, information sharing and privacy
  • Integrity body inquiries

Skills and experience

  • Proven ability to perform high quality legal research and analysis
  • Ability to provide written and oral advice that is fit for purpose
  • Demonstrated capability to work collaboratively in a team and build positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Superior time management skills and a demonstrated ability to work on a number of files simultaneously
  • Enthusiasm for working in a government law office

Inquiries team:

  • Previous experience working on large scale litigation matters or Royal Commission/Inquiries would be highly desirable
  • Previous experience with document management/discovery related tasks would be highly desirable

Administrative and Regulatory Law team:

  • Knowledge and experience in the principles and practice of administrative law, criminal law procedure, rules of evidence and statutory interpretation
  • The ability to conduct administrative reviews in various jurisdictions

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 Kate Miller, Recruitment Advisor, on 0498 649 226.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 26 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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