Solicitor, Child Protection Litigation Office (Sol2)

Job posted: 28/07/2022
Applications close: 11/08/2022 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

1 day remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $72,751 - $88,336

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/DFFH/LES/566424

Reference: VG/DFFH/LES/566424

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $72,751 - $88,336

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

If you’re having any trouble viewing this ad and would like it or any attachments in an accessible format (such as large print), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on the ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)


Are you:

  • Able to provide well-reasoned legal advice, briefings and correspondence? 
  • Able to collaborate with departmental colleagues to deliver client focused legal services? 
  • Able to appear or instruct in litigation involving the department in a wide range of courts and tribunals?

An exciting opportunity exists for a Solicitor on an Ongoing basis in the Child Protection Litigation Office.

CPLO provides legal services to Child Protection teams within the department, including representation of the department in the Children's Court and appeals to the Supreme Court, as well as advice on the exercise of statutory powers.

The Solicitor role in the Child Protection Litigation Office (CPLO) is responsible for providing state-wide legal advice, support and representation in child protection litigation matters in various courts including the Children's Court, the Supreme Court, and related jurisdictions. You will work predominantly with one of CPLO's legal teams, however, in accordance with clause 19 of the VPS Agreement (where applicable), you may be asked to join a different team where business operations require this. The position will involve travel to metropolitan Children's Courts and Child Protection Offices and may require intrastate travel to attend/appear at courts in regional locations across Victoria to support the department and its clients.

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:

  1. Customer/client focus
  2. Integrity 
  3. Statutory interpretation 
  4. Communication, interpersonal and presentation skills 
  5. Teamwork


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients.  The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19).  The department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy (Word) outlines the requirements for existing employees, other workplace participants and prospective employees.  Subject to exceptions, only employees or other workplace participants with up-to-date vaccination status (see definitions section of the policy) against COVID-19 and who provide evidence of their Vaccination Status are permitted to work for the department outside their ordinary place of residence.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement.  Please refer to the above link for more information. 

Other mandatory qualifications or requirements for this opportunity include:

  • The successful candidate must hold (or be eligible to hold) a current practising certificate under the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic).

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria, qualifications and/or requirements for the role please refer to the attached Position Description.




Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.


Solicitor, Child Protection Litigation Office (Sol2)

Job type:

Full time

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Georgina Thomas | 0498 634 791

Solicitor, Child Protection Litigation Office (Sol2)