Senior Solicitor

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/-/50940242
Closing Date: 28-Sep-2023
Salary Range: $105,479 - $127,621
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 50940242 VPSG5 Senior Solicitor Prosecutions PD (1).docx (Word, 608KB)
Job Specification

Contact: McRae Dunbar
03 8508 3087 or

Position Details

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) is excited to announce a Senior Solicitor opportunity within the Prosecutions team.  The team prosecutes breaches of environment and conservation laws in the DEECA portfolio.

When you join our team, you will experience the relief of not having to run from one court room appearance to another, day after day.  You will have the joy and satisfaction that comes with adequate time to prepare your cases and for your court appearances.

The successful candidate for this position will need to be highly skilled and organised with excellent conceptual and analytical skills. If you have been practising in criminal law, have the ability to analyse briefs, have great attention to detail, and present logical coherent submissions in court, we would love to hear from you. A focus on teamwork and a customer-centric approach to service excellence is essential.  

The main stakeholder for this role will be the Office of the Conservation Regulator within DEECA.  The Conservation Regulator oversees regulatory functions in conservation and environment within DEECA.  The successful candidate will have exceptional relationship building and communication skills and be able to implement these skills in forming, strengthening, and maintaining the stakeholder experience. You will do this by providing guidance and sound advice on how best to approach prosecution matters within the confines of the law and departmental policies.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • An Australian lawyer within the meaning of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria), holding or eligible to hold an Australian practising certificate.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver and supervise the delivery of legal advice and case management on complex issues with minimal supervision in the following key practice areas: criminal law and procedure, evidence law and statutory interpretation, including demonstrated experience managing and providing strategic legal advice in complex cases.
  • Demonstrated experience appearing as an advocate in criminal proceedings in Victorian Courts.

This is a fixed term position until 30 June 2024. The work location for this position is 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Thursday, 28 September 2023.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

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