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Solicitor, Public Law - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (See Advertisement)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Melbourne, VIC

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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

  • Unique opportunity to provide legal advice at the heart of government in the area of public law, including human rights
  • Manage a litigation and advice file load
  • Fixed-term (12 months) | Full-time
  • VPS 3 or VPS 4 - $70,791 - $99,438 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 junior solicitor to join our Human Rights Team in the Public Law & Planning Branch on a fixed-term 12 month contract.

You will have the opportunity to provide public law legal advice and conduct litigation for the State Government on complex and interesting matters, with a primary focus on human rights and related areas. This will include conducting complex legal research and drafting advice, preparing briefs to the Attorney-General, instructing counsel, and working closely with clients to develop policy and legislation that is compatible with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Skills and experience

  • Strong understanding of the key principles of statutory interpretation
  • Experience providing comprehensive written and oral advice which is fit for purpose
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal research and analysis
  • The ability to conduct complex and sensitive proceedings under supervision in state and federal courts/tribunals
  • Knowledge and experience in the principles and practice of human rights and related areas
  • 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 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, 14 June 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.