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Legal Officer


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This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced legal professional to take on a position delivering high quality, independent legal services on behalf of OCFOS to departmental staff within the Department.

As a Legal Officer, you will be part of a team of lawyers providing practical, independent and strategic legal advice and representation on complex child protection matters. You will build strong relationships with CSSC staff and the clients that they support.

The role also provides an opportunity to contribute to improvements to the child protection litigation system in Queensland. The work is challenging but rewarding.

The position will be located in a regional office or CSSC and will involve travel and attendance at courts and CSSCs across the state.

Mandatory qualifications/requirements:

1. You are required to be admitted or eligible to gain immediate admission, as a Barrister-at-Law or solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

2. You are required to possess a “C” class driver's licence to undertake travel.

3. You are required to be on-call to address out of hours emergency legal advice and support.

Key responsibilities:

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

• Provide expert independent legal advice, support and representation on behalf of CSSCs in emergency applications under the Child Protection Act 1999.

• Provide expert, independent legal advice, representation and preparation of court material in support of child protection applications and other related matters, such as family law, human rights, adoptions and criminal law to the extent that they interface with the Child Protection Act 1999, including: o Independent legal advice to departmental staff early during their interactions with children and their families o Liaison and negotiation with the CSSCs, regional staff and the Director of Child Protection Litigation

• Preparation of high quality material for court on behalf of departmental staff to support applications for child protection orders

• Preparation of timely and high quality briefs to 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 by OCFOS.

• Provide independent 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.

• Work as part of a team to support other legal officers and senior legal officers to meet priorities and ensure deadlines are met (both regionally and across the State).

• Contribute to the building of and maintenance of a culture in OCFOS that supports the vision and values of the Department and achieves agency objectives.

This position reports to a Senior Legal Officer.

Applications to remain current for 12 months.

For further information and how you will be assessed for this role, please refer to the attached Role Profile for full details.