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Legal Officer


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OCFOS North; Office of the C & F Official Solictor; Service Delivery; Townsville

Mandatory Qualification / Requirements:

• Admission or ability to gain immediate admission, as a Barrister-at-Law or Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

• Possession of a C class driver's licence is a mandatory requirement for this role as there is a requirement to undertake travel.

• Requirement to be on-call to address out of hours legal advice and support as required.

Key responsiblities

• Ensure that high quality legal and court services are delivered on behalf of the Queensland Government - including undertaking duties out of hours in relation to urgent applications.

• Facilitate the provision of expert legal advice, support and representation on behalf of Child Safety Service Centres in emergency applications under the Child Protection Act 1999, including undertaking the role of applicant.

• Facilitate the provision of expert legal advice and support in child protection applications and other related matters, including family law, adoptions and criminal law to the extent that they interface with the Child Protection Act 1999, including:

o Providing legal advice to Child Safety regional staff early during their interactions with children and their families

o liaising and negotiating with the Child Safety Service Centres, regional staff and the Director of Child Protection Litigation o preparing, and assisting to prepare, material for court on behalf of departmental staff to support applications for child protection orders

o briefing and providing ongoing communication with the Director of Child Protection Litigation in proceedings on applications for child protection orders

o Contributing to the Department's obligations to the Director of Child Protection Litigation in relation to the duty of disclosure obligations

• Coordinate and represent the Director-General's participation in child protection related legal matters in accordance with the relevant legislation, policies, programs and procedures.

• Establish and maintain constructive and enduring relationships with key stakeholders to ensure a consistent, coordinated and effective approach to the provision of legal services to the Office.

• Provide legal advice to departmental staff in relation to court matters, including preparation of evidence, quality assuring material, witness support, and the development and delivery of local training initiatives.

To be successful in this role you will be required to demonstrate capability in the areas detailed on the Role Profile.

Delegations This position is an authorised officer under the Child Protection Act 1999 and has a range of statutory delegations in relation to this.

Applications to remain currrent for 12 months.