Statewide Legal Adviser/Senior Solicitor

Job posted: 11/07/2024
Applications close: 25/07/2024 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $106,534 - $128,897

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/DFFH/CDS/591635

Reference: VG/DFFH/CDS/591635

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897

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)


The Senior Solicitor will be responsible for providing legal advice and support to Child Protection, for matters that are not yet subject to an application to the Children's Court as well as providing court related advice and support to the Office of Professional Practice (OPP) more broadly and assisting the Court Practice Advice and Support (CPAS) team in meeting its objectives. The successful applicant must be able to work collaboratively and in partnership with Legal Services Branch, the Statewide Child Protection Litigation Office and the OPP in the Community Operations and Practice Leadership Division. Providing court related professional development to Child Protection is also one of the key responsibilities. The role reports to Special Counsel, Statewide Child Protection Litigation Office but the role is embedded in the Community Operations Practice Leadership Division.


  • Provide authoritative advice on complex legal and practice issues and provide high level briefings and
  • Collaborate with departmental colleagues to deliver high quality client focused legal services in relation to complex and sensitive matters.
  • Lead and drive effective liaison with solicitors, barristers, court/tribunal staff, other government departments and agencies, and professional bodies in relation to a wide range of complex legal and policy issues.

Please open the position description to read more.

The department strongly recommends (but does not mandate) that employees maintain their COVID-19 vaccination status in accordance with current ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) advice, given their individual circumstances. As of June 2023, DFFH does not require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status.


All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> portal.

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

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)

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.

Statewide Legal Adviser/Senior Solicitor

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Sarah Masters | 0428 529 910 | Sarah.masters@dffh.vic.gov.au

Statewide Legal Adviser/Senior Solicitor