Principal Solicitor

The Wage Inspectorates promotes and enforces Victorian law covering wage theft, child employment, long service leave and contractors in transport and forestry.
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Department: Wage Inspectorate Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/WIV/00C/1626179
Closing Date: 20-May-2022
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Principal Solicitor Position Description.docx (Word, 179KB)

Principal Solicitor - Candidate Information Pack.pdf (PDF, 531KB)

Contact: Tien Tran

Position Details

The Wage Inspectorate helps Victorians work better. We do this by monitoring and enforcing compliance with laws covering wage theft, long service leave, child employment and owner drivers and forestry contractors.

Driven by values of fairness, integrity and accountability, it's our job to protect workers from exploitative practices. We're also here to educate and support businesses to help them comply with the law.

We want our work to have high impact. That's why we use intelligence, data and information to identify and prioritise the worst harms.  We protect Victoria's most vulnerable workers, including children and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.  We also target illegal behaviour, especially deliberate avoidance of workplace obligations.

We know most businesses are doing the right thing, and we provide the resources to help them. Our work helps ensure they can compete on an equal footing.  We also know that a strong, proactive and decisive regulator is needed to hold to account those who break the law and deter unlawful behaviour.

We believe that nobody should get ahead, in the workplace or in business, by mistreating or short-changing their workers.

That's why we do what we do.

About the role

An exciting leadership opportunity exists for a Principal Solicitor to join the in-house legal team at the Wage Inspectorate.

The Principal Solicitor assists Special Counsel to provide advice on a range of legal areas effecting the operations across the Wage Inspectorate and has deep experience in key practices areas such as workplace law and criminal prosecutions and conduct of litigation. The Principal Solicitor also manages the day-to-day operations of the in-house legal practice, supporting and supervising junior lawyers within the team.

In this role you will:

  • Assist Special Counsel to provide advice on a range of legal issues across the Wage Inspectorate
  • Conduct litigation
  • Supervise and manage a team of lawyers in the provision of advice and conduct of litigation
  • Support the in-house legal team in its operations to ensure the objectives and business plan of the Wage Inspectorate are met.

Please note: The Wage Inspectorate is implementing hybrid ways of working from 2022.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Deep understanding of a key practice area including workplace laws, criminal and statutory interpretation.
  • Experience within a regulatory environment.
  • Strong leadership qualities and experience supervising a team of lawyers.

How to apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button on this advertisement. Applications should include:

  • a resume
  • a cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria (within three pages).

Applications close midnight 20 May 2022.

The Wage Inspectorate actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from all diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. All roles within The Inspectorate can be worked flexibly, however it may differ from role to role.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which will include a National Police Check and misconduct screening.

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