Senior Solicitor, Native Title - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VPSG5)

Job posted: 11/06/2021
Applications close: 27/06/2021 (Midnight)
10 days remaining

10 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $101,120 - $122,348

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/VGSO325

Reference: VG/VGSO325

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $101,120 - $122,348

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

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 native title
  • Diverse, challenging and fulfilling work on matters of public interest
  • Ongoing | Full-time
  • VPS 5 - $101,120 - $122,348 p.a. + superannuation (depending on experience)

About the VGSO

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) is the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

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 a 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 role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced lawyer to join the Native Title Team at a time of historic change in the relationship between First Peoples and the State.

The VGSO is the exclusive provider of native title services to government clients. The Native Title Team sits within the Commercial, Property & Technology Branch and works closely with the Public Law & Planning Branch on matters relevant to human rights, public land management and cultural heritage protection. This role would ideally suit a mid-level practitioner wanting to develop a joint public law/native title practice.

The primary objectives of this role will be to:

  • Advise clients from across the public sector on Traditional Owner rights and government decision making in the areas of native title, cultural heritage and human rights.
  • Advise clients from across the public sector on compliance with settlement agreements and relevant legislation including:
    • Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
    • Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic)
    • Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic)
    • Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)
    • Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018 (Vic)
  • Appear on behalf of the State in native title claims listed in the Federal Court and matters listed in the National Native Title Tribunal and participate in related mediations and case management hearings
  • Draft court documents and settlement agreements, including Indigenous Land Use Agreements pursuant to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)
  • Work closely with the PuLP Branch on Supreme Court litigation regarding Traditional Owner rights and government decision making
  • Undertake statutory interpretation and review administrative decision making
  • Assist with legislative development

About the successful candidate

  • Specialist knowledge and demonstrated experience in the principles and practice of native title and/or administrative law
  • Strong understanding of, and experience in, statutory interpretation
  • The ability to conduct complex and sensitive proceedings in state and federal courts/tribunals
  • Significant experience providing authoritative written and oral advice which is fit for purpose
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and client relationship management skills


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 Sunday, 27 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.

Senior Solicitor, Native Title - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VPSG5)

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Pieta Baccinetti | (03) 9032 3052

Senior Solicitor, Native Title - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VPSG5)