Chief Transport Counsel

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is the Victorian Government’s lead agency for creating the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy and grow employment.

Our role is to increase jobs, investment, exports and opportunities; stimulate innovation, competitiveness, and confidence; and support sustainability.

The department is committed to building a culture where we say ‘yes’ to flexible work arrangements, and support ways of working that help employees balance work and home life. The department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The department offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities on request.
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Department: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: EO2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/001471
Closing Date: 25-Feb-2018
Salary Range: $206,539 - $330,582
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Chief Transport Counsel EO2 001471.docx (Word, 114KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Michael Hopkins Deputy Head, Policy and Reform
03 8392 6780

Position Details

Chief Transport Counsel

  • $206,539 to $330,582 Total Remuneration Package
  • Fixed Term up to 5 years  Full Time
  • Melbourne CBD

This is a dual role as Transport for Victoria's most senior lawyer with responsibility for transport-related legal matters and responsibility for the leadership of the Transport Legislation and Legal Branch within the Policy & Reform Division of Transport for Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

The role is also Transport for Victoria's chief legal counsel in providing high level and strategic advice to the Head, Transport for Victoria and within Transport for Victoria, and is required to maintain strong and effective relationships with the General Counsel, DEDJTR, and transport portfolio agencies and key stakeholders within the public sector including the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, the Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Department of Premier and Cabinet and counterpart roles in other transport agencies. 

As Executive Director, Transport Legislation and Legal, the role is responsible for leading and managing a team of staff to deliver high quality and timely advice on a wide range of legal and legislative issues to the Head, Transport for Victoria and Transport for Victoria and maintaining robust legal governance frameworks across Transport for Victoria to ensure that strategic priorities are achieved and supported by appropriate legal, legislative, policy, regulatory and compliance advice.

The role also provides advice, in conjunction with the General Counsel, DEDJTR, to the Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and Transport Ministers, in connection with transport-related matters.

The candidate will have extensive experience at a senior level in the public sector with an excellent understanding of the workings of government including legal, legislative and regulatory requirements. In addition to having the requisite qualifications and admission to practice as a lawyer in Victoria the candidate would be recognised within the legal profession as an expert, exhibiting well-developed and considered judgement and professional ethics and integrity.

For a confidential discussion, please call Michael Hopkins, Deputy Head, Policy and Reform on 03 8392 6780.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a Fit2Work National Police Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. 

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 25 February 2018 and must include a resume, and a statement addressing the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.

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