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Senior Solicitor - Public Law - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (See Advertisement)
Job posted: 14/11/2022
Organisation: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Salary: Salary not specified
The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email
Solicitor or Senior Solicitor, Public Law - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Unique opportunity to provide legal advice at the heart of government in the area of... public law, including constitutional law
Diverse, challenging and fulfilling work on matters of public interest
Ongoing | Full time
VPS 4 or VPS 5 $90,067 to $125,735 p.a. + superannuation (depending on experience)
About the VGSO
The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.
The VGSO provides responsive legal services exclusively for the Victorian Government and public sector. Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving. We operate as a service-driven legal professional practice and strive for excellence in this competitive environment. In all aspects of our operations, we aim to role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.
About the branch
The Public Law & Planning Branch of the VGSO provides litigation services and legal advice in a broad range of areas, including:
The development, application and interpretation of legislation (including in administrative decision-making);
Merits and judicial review of administrative decisions;
Planning, environment and heritage law (including compulsory acquisition);
Human rights and anti-discrimination law;
State and federal constitutional and electoral law;
Public sector governance and integrity; and
Integrity body (including parliamentary) inquiries.
About the role
An exciting opportunity has become available for a dedicated lawyer to continue their career in public law as a Solicitor or Senior Solicitor in our Constitutional and Advice Team in the Public Law and Planning Branch on an ongoing Full-time basis.
You will have the opportunity to provide legal advice and conduct litigation for the State Government on complex and interesting matters, primarily in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law (including judicial review) and the exercise and regulation of government powers.
Skills and experience
Knowledge and experience in the principles and practice of public law
Strong understanding of, and experience in, statutory interpretation
The ability to conduct complex and sensitive proceedings in state and federal courts/tribunals
Experience conducting judicial review would be highly desirable
Significant experience providing authoritative written and oral advice which is fit for purpose
Demonstrated understanding of the challenges of legal practice
Enthusiasm for working in a government law office
In exchange for your hard work, you will receive: competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and up to 17.5% annual leave loading. The VGSO embraces flexibility and welcomes a conversation to help you achieve work-life balance.
How to apply
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply now! Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Please note it is not a requirement to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately.
To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached. Alternatively, you can contact Cinderella Hermosilla-Thompson, Talent Acquisition Advisor on 0400 634 940.
Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday, 28 November 2022.
Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including but not limited to, reference checks, pre-employment misconduct screening and criminal record checks.
The VGSO is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the VGSO's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all VGSO employees possess a COVID-19 Vaccination Status of Up-to-date or Excepted Person in order to attend a VGSO Workplace or Worksite. Prior to commencement of employment with VGSO you will need to provide evidence of your COVID-19 Vaccination Status as Up-to-date or an Excepted Person. Acceptable evidence includes:
Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account); or
Acceptable Certification of a Medical Contraindication or a Temporary Medical Exemption
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