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Senior Government Lawyer


The Legal Services Division provides strategic legal advice and assistance to the department`s executive and the Minister for Human Services. The division is responsible for the delivery of legal services within and on behalf of the department. The Employment Law Team provides legal advice and manages litigation related to employment, industrial relations, work health and safety, and discrimination law.

Senior Government Lawyers undertake core legal functions including providing legal advice, preparing briefings and engaging in advocacy work. Senior Government Lawyers in the Employment Law Team are expected to possess a thorough understanding of, and experience, in employment law, industrial relations and/or work-health and safety, which enables them, with minimal supervision, to manage the more complex advice and litigation work of the team and mentor (and supervise where required) junior lawyers or legal graduates.


Mandatory qualifications and/or current professional registration:

1. A degree in law from an approved Australian tertiary institution or a comparable overseas qualification that allows admission as an Australian legal practitioner
2. Admission as an Australian legal practitioner
3. A current ACT practising certificate or the ability to gain a practising certificate in the ACT.

Security Clearance:
The successful candidate will be required to currently hold or be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance.


There is one ongoing vacancy. A merit pool may be created to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies (for an initial period of up to 18 months). Candidates interested in either vacancy type are encouraged to apply and to nominate their preference in the application.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

This process may be used to fill non-ongoing positions for an initial period of up to 18 months.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability .

About Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services is responsible for the development of service delivery policy and provides access to social, health and other payments and services. The department delivers Centrelink, Child Support and Medicare payments and services and Australian Hearing services.

To be eligible for employment with the Department of Human Services applicants must be an Australian citizen. An applicant`s suitability for employment with the department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This process includes a requirement for the applicant to undergo and satisfy a national police history check, referee checks and an employment history integrity check and where relevant, a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check. A health clearance may also need to be completed. Any concerns raised in these checks will be further investigated. If you are currently, or have been, the subject of any disciplinary or Code of Conduct investigation(s) by an employer, you will be required to declare this in your application.

Applicants must be willing and eligible to undergo and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to the appropriate level, if applicable to the position.

You should be aware that Department of Human Services` employees may be required to undergo ongoing suitability assessments as part of their employment with the department.

Should an applicant be found suitable for a role they will be required to provide proof of citizenship and if they have recently received a redundancy benefit, evidence that they have served their exclusion period.

Date Posted
Canberra Region, ACT
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