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Senior Solicitor (Ssol)

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


• Step in to a dynamic, delivery-focused environment where your leadership and expertise will directly contribute to the successful design and implementation of a variety of projects across Victoria
• Join a positive, supportive workplace culture in a highly skilled team environment
• Location: Flexible We are looking for a highly skilled experienced lawyer to provide high quality, accurate and strategic legal advice centering around the lawful and effective operation of government at an advanced professional level.

The Senior Solicitor is a senior member of the Legal and Governance Division in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and provides leadership in the delivery of high quality, accurate and strategic legal advice and litigation support. The Senior Solicitor leads projects, supervises the work of other lawyers, works in or leads multi-disciplinary project teams and works with the Division's management team to ensure the delivery of accurate, fit for purpose advice and outstanding customer service. 

The role is part of a highly skilled legal team, working closely with the department's seven functional groups and the Solar Victoria business to support the delivery of priority policy initiatives, programs and operations to the Victorian community to optimise success and minimise and mitigate risks for government. 

This role is for an experienced lawyer to lead and manage projects in the core areas of administrative law (including operation of government and an awareness of Constitutional issues) and statutory interpretation, and the department's emergency management functions. The role may also extend to planning and environment, property (Crown land use and development), energy regulation, building, natural resources management. Experience at a senior level in at least two of the core areas is required, ideally in a government context.

This is a rare, newly created senior role with significant responsibility, reflecting the energy of the department to deliver for Victoria.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • An Australian lawyer holding or eligible to hold an Australian practising certificate under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria).
  • Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice on complex issues in two or more areas of the areas of administrative law, statutory interpretation, commercial matters, planning and environment law, local government, energy law, Crown land use and development, natural resource management and fire and emergency management under limited direction.

Experience in understanding and advising on Victoria's emergency management framework desirable but not essential.

This is a fixed term position available up until 6 August 2021.

To be considered for this position, your application should include a supporting statement demonstrating that you meet the Key Selection Criteria detailed in the position description, including the Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications and capabilities sections. 

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.

Other relevant information:

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

Applicants must possess corresponding work rights to be eligible for appointment for the advertised employment period. To be appointed to an ongoing position you must be an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian/New Zealand citizen.

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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