Supervising Lawyer (VPSG5)

Job posted: 02/08/2022
Applications close: 29/08/2022 (Midnight)
15 days remaining

15 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Until 31 December 2023

Organisation: Victoria Police

Salary: $103,920 - $125,735

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/JE20041238

Reference: VG/JE20041238

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

About the role:

The Taskforce Reset Disclosure Team is responsible for coordinating the assessment and production of materials in approximately 20 Court of Appeal proceedings, as well as to approximately 150 individuals potentially affected by the use of Ms Gobbo as a human source. 

Within the Taskforce, the Disclosure Team works closely with our Investigations and Intelligence Team (who locate, assess and compile relevant material) and Human Source Disclosure Team (who review and redact the material for public interest immunity claims).  External to the Taskforce, the Disclosure Team works closely with the VGSO and counsel to finalise the material for disclosure and consider strategic issues associated with disclosure, as well as with other units within Victoria Police (such as the Civil Litigation Unit and Freedom of Information Unit).

The Supervising Lawyer reports directly to the Disclosure Team's Managing Principal Lawyer and is also required to brief the Taskforce's Superintendent and Commander as required, along with the Director of the Legal Practice Division. The Supervising Lawyer oversees approximately 10 Court of Appeal matters, as well as providing support and strategic assistance to other areas of Taskforce Reset and Victoria Police.  The Supervising Lawyer is also responsible for managing a mixed team of lawyers and prosecutors / sworn members.

We are looking for an individual with an ability to successfully manage teams and competing priorities in a complex and challenging working environment.  The Supervising Lawyer will also be required to make legal and strategic decisions on relevance and public interest immunity / safety issues, as well as provide advice on diverse matters as set out above. 

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and supports flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Supervising approximately 10 Court of Appeal matters, including providing support and guidance on strategic or complex issues, reviewing affidavits and submissions, and ensuring complications are escalated appropriately to management.
  • Providing ad hoc strategic and legal advice to other areas of the Taskforce, such as advice on draft legislation or production requests from the Office of the Special Investigator.
  • Managing a mixed team of lawyers and prosecutors/police officers.
  • Developing and implementing processes and procedures to ensure smooth relations with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Reporting to management, including drafting weekly reports and attending governance or tasking and coordination meetings as needed.
  • Effectively prioritising tasks according to wider taskforce priorities and allocating staff accordingly.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in law;
  • A current Australian practising certificate authorising you to supervise legal practice by others;
  • Relevant litigation experience – in complex or higher courts, or in relation to relevance or public interest immunity;
  • Experience in leadership and mentoring junior staff;
  • Experience in stakeholder relations;
  • Excellent communication, drafting, organisation, time-management, leadership and management skills;
  • A positive and proactive approach;
  • The ability to quickly identify vulnerabilities and obstacles, and then create innovative solutions to the obstacles;
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, fixed term (until 31/12/2023) position available.
  • This position is located at Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo National Security Vetting, achieve and maintain a security classification as determined by the Department Head. To achieve this, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated (this includes a booster vaccination) and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form – the word document (2. Application form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement.

Applications close midnight, Monday 29 August 2022.

Please Note:
 All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) website, Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) or Seek. Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE).

For further information on this role please contact: Erin Kiley on 0467 965 141 or via email erin.x.kiley@police.vic.gov.au.

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au or on (03) 8335 8081.

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community.

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps

Supervising Lawyer (VPSG5)

Job type:

Full time / Until 31 December 2023

Job classification:



Erin Kiley | erin.x.kiley@police.vic.gov.au or 0467 965 141

Supervising Lawyer (VPSG5)