Principal Solicitor (Human Rights Team), Public Law & Planning - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

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Job Details
Department: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO514
Closing Date: 10-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $149,024
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Principal Solicitor (Human Rights), PuLP.docx (Word, 87KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Kate Miller
0498 649 226

Position Details

  • Unique opportunity to provide legal advice at the heart of government in public law and human rights matters
  • Conduct litigation for the State Government on complex and interesting matters
  • Work in a collaborative, friendly and supportive work environment
  • Ongoing | Full-time
  • VPS 6.1 $127,467 - $149,024 per annum + 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 Branch of the VGSO provides litigation services and legal advice in a broad range of areas, including:

  • The development, application and interpretation of legislation (including in administrative decision-making);
  • Merits and judicial review of administrative decisions;
  • Planning, environment and heritage law;
  • Human rights and anti-discrimination law;
  • State and federal constitutional and electoral law;
  • Public sector governance and integrity; and
  • Integrity body (including parliamentary) inquiries.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Principal Solicitor seeking to continue their career in human rights legal practice. You will have the opportunity to provide public law legal advice and conduct litigation for the State Government on complex and interesting matters, with a primary focus on human rights, public law and related areas such as administrative law, anti-discrimination law and statutory interpretation.

This role will provide a diverse workload, while working collaboratively as part of a highly professional and busy team. The day to day work will include conducting complex legal research and drafting advice, preparing briefs to the Attorney-General, instructing counsel, and working closely with clients to develop policy and legislation that is compatible with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Skills and experience

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the principles and practice of public law
  • Experience and/or knowledge of human rights law is essential
  • Strong statutory interpretation skills
  • Experience providing comprehensive written and oral advice which is fit for purpose
  • Ability to manage a wide variety of legal work (including litigation)
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal research and analysis
  • The ability to conduct complex and sensitive proceedings in state and federal courts/tribunals
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of people, including professional service providers and public servants
  • Experience acting for government or statutory corporations would be highly desirable
  • Proven experience supervising and mentoring staff


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 that outlines your experience relevant to this role.

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, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, on 0498 649 226.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday, 11 August 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.

Upon 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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