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Senior Legal Officer - Planning

Department of Planning, Industry & Environment - Sydney, NSW

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  • Salary starting from $118,507 per annum + super
  • Full time temporary position until March 2023 (flexible working arrangements negotiable)
  • Role is based in Parramatta (NSW location negotiable)

About the role

In the role of Senior Legal Officer, you will be an instrumental member the Planning and Development team within DPIE’s Legal & Governance Division.

The Senior Legal Officer will work with the wider team providing legal services and advice in areas including land use planning law, development assessment, environmental law, coastal and natural resources law, administrative law, risk management, infrastructure, to meet the Cluster’s needs.

To find out more about the key capabilities required for this role, view the position description here.

Whilst we are currently recruiting specifically to fill the role within the Planning and Development team, a recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary Senior Legal Officer roles both within the Planning and Development team and more broadly within the Legal & Governance Division that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. Candidates for both the current role and the recruitment pool will need to satisfy all key capabilities of the role.???

In particular, this role and future roles within the Planning and Development team will require you to provide concise and solutions focused legal advice on planning pathways for development carried out by government agencies and private sector proponents and also assist with the review and preparation of guidance materials and public exhibition documentation which the Department circulates to clarify the operation of the NSW planning system. Other responsibilities include review and interpretation of conditions of development consent and preparation of statutory instruments to facilitate government decision making within the planning system.

About you

To be successful in this role you will be admitted of qualified for admission as a Solicitor or Barrister in the Supreme Court of NSW and hold or be eligible to hold a NSW Practicing Certificate.

You will have strong statutory interpretation skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Planning law
  • Natural Resources law
  • Administrative law or experience in the policy making and legislative process

We are ideally looking for candidates with a strong background in, and expertise dealing with, Environmental Planning and Assessment Act matters.

About us

We focus on some of the biggest issues facing our state across key areas such as the environment, our parks, our natural resources – land, water and energy, precincts, housing, property, planning, infrastructure priorities and open space.

The work we do is complex, engaging and rewarding. We leave tangible and lasting legacies to improve the lives of the people of NSW.

We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the Department.

How to Apply

Applicants must address their suitability for the role by supplying an updated copy of their resume as well as a cover letter outlining how the meet the key requirements of this role.

Applications Close: Sunday 7th March 2021 at 11:55pm

Should you require any further information about the role please Michael Levy, Principal Legal Officer via [email protected]

Our commitment to Diversity

The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.

Our commitment to flexible working

The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working - including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.