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Senior Solicitor, Land Acquisition, Planning & Environment - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

State Government of Victoria - Melbourne, VIC

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  • Unique opportunity to provide legal advice at the heart of government
  • Diverse, challenging and fulfilling work on matters of public interest
  • Ongoing | Full-time
  • VPS 5 $101,120 - $122,348 p.a. + super (dependent upon 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 Senior Solicitor to join our team that provides high quality legal services and advice to government clients, specifically in the areas of land acquisition, planning and environment law.

The team's practice is diverse. You will have the opportunity to provide advice on the exercise of statutory powers and act in important judicial review proceedings. You will also provide transactional services and advice on high profile public infrastructure projects. The role offers a mix of litigation and advice work in all of the team's core areas of law.

Skills and experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of property law, compulsory acquisition law, planning and environmental law and/or Crown land law would be highly desirable
  • Proven ability to provide authoritative written and oral advice which is fit for purpose
  • Experience conducting judicial reviews proceedings would be advantageous
  • Good interpersonal, communication and negotiations skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a number of files simultaneously
  • 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 that outlines your experience relevant to this role. 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 Thursday, 8 April 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.

State Government of Victoria