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Principal Solicitor, Police Advisory - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (Vpsg6.1)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, 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 pieta.baccinetti@vgso.vic.gov.au

Principal Solicitor, Police Advisory - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

  • Senior role mentoring lawyers and supervising files
  • Exposure to interesting legal work and high profile Police issues
  • Ongoing | Full-time
  • VPS 6.1 $124,033 - $145,009 p.a. + super

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 and role

We are seeking a senior and experienced lawyer to join the VGSO as a Principal Solicitor our Police Advisory Branch.

The Police Branch provides legal services, strategic advice and representation to the Chief Commissioner of Police and, by extension, all Victoria Police personnel across the State. The Police Branch is involved in a diverse range of matters, including but not limited to:

  • Criminal law, police duties, powers and responsibilities;
  • Statutory interpretation, criminal disclosure obligations and subpoenas;
  • Administrative law, privacy and information sharing;
  • Forensic procedures and intervention order applications; and
  • Summary prosecutions and emergency management.

This role will support the Managing Principal Solicitors with mentoring and supervising more junior lawyers, while providing high level legal and strategic advice, often under time pressure in circumstances that require you to exercise sound judgement.

About the successful applicant

The ideal applicant will be dynamic and responsive and able to demonstrate sound judgement on complex legal matters based upon significant legal experience. Ideally, this experience will be in a policing or law enforcement environment.

Applicants should have demonstrated experience and understanding of the principles and practice of law, including the provision of expert and authoritative legal advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Police powers, duties and responsibilities;
  • Administrative law and public interest immunity claims; and
  • Discipline and integrity, privacy and information sharing.

Applicants must have the ability to supervise and mentor more junior lawyers and be willing to share their knowledge and experience across the Branch, contributing to initiatives which will continue to build a positive and cohesive working environment.

Along with the ability to develop positive and effective client relationships, applicants should have a strong understanding of the structure and culture of government and of the political and legal sensitivities of operating within the public sector.

Please note a requirement of this role is holding a Baseline, Negative Vetting 1 or Negative Vetting 2 security clearance or be willing to obtain one.


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 but applicants should outline their relevant experience in their cover letter.

To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached. Alternatively, you can contact Pieta Baccinetti, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday, 8 February 2021.

Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including but not limited to, reference checks, pre-employment misconduct screening and criminal record checks.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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