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Principal Legal Policy Officer - Native Title Unit (Vpsg6)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

About Us

The new Aboriginal Justice group at the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) has been established to help us realise a clear and unifying vision of a justice and community safety system that works together to build a safer, fairer and stronger Victoria.

The group will support and embed Aboriginal self-determination by building partnerships with Victorian Aboriginal communities, government and community sector to provide authoritative strategic leadership, advice and reform across the department.

The focus of the Native Title Unit (NTU) is to:

  • drive government's commitment to Aboriginal self-determination across the DJCS, including through the advancement of Treaty
  • develop nuanced advice, policy and programs that leverage the justice reform agenda to deliver land justice for traditional owners
  • advance reconciliation and promote good relations between traditional owners and the State
  • advance the self-determination of traditional owner corporations
  • build collaborative relationships across government and with traditional owner corporations, the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations and First Nations Legal and Research Services to realise cohesive, multi-disciplinary approaches to achieve the department's vision of a fair and accessible justice system for Aboriginal people.

About the Role

Reporting to the Director NTU, the Principal Legal Policy Officer is responsible for providing sound legal and policy advice to assist the Government's negotiation of agreements and resolution of claims under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic) and Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Some of the key components of this role are to:

  • assist the Director to maintain and enhance relationships with legal providers and a wide range of stakeholders
  • manage the legal risks in the NTU, ensuring that the NTU's processes, agreements, contracts and advice is legally robust at all times
  • develop and maintain effective relationships with Traditional Owners, community, organisations and professional groups

About You

This is an Aboriginal Identified position; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • excellent knowledge and experience of native title and related law, human rights law and procedures and current issues in administrative law
  • the ability to provide well researched and high-quality legal opinions, legal policy advice and drafting instructions for legislation, regulations, and template agreements
  • excellent knowledge of Cabinet and Government decision making processes
  • demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Victorian traditional owner groups and their representatives
  • an understanding of the issues affecting Victorian traditional owner groups including their land justice aspirations and respects cultural differences.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role, please refer to the attached position description.

In accordance with the Jobs and Skills Exchange Recruitment Policy, only Victorian Public Service employees are eligible to apply for this position. People on labour hire contracts, such as agency staff and contractors, are not eligible to apply.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad

This is an Aboriginal Identified Position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Please visit https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/careers/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-island-employment for further information.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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