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The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for centrally coordinated strategy and policy leadership in relation to domestic national security arrangements, law enforcement, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, the protection of our sovereignty, the integrity of our border and the resilience of our national infrastructure.

Legal Group is responsible for delivering high quality in-house legal services to the Department of Home Affairs (including the Australian Border Force), and providing strategic legal advice and support to its Senior Executive and Ministers.

About the role:

The position is involved in provision of legal advice and assessment of legal risk in the planning and conduct of operations, including maritime and other border-related operations from a national perspective. The position works closely with a range of different stakeholders, including the Australian Border Force, Maritime Border Command, the Joint Agency Taskforce – Operation Sovereign Borders, Intelligence Division and the Aviation and Maritime Security Division to achieve operational outcomes. The position is also involved in the delivery of legal training to operational areas and is responsible for managing and leading a team of legal officers in the provision of legal services. The position works closely with the Principal Legal Officer of the Operations Law (Regional) Section on a wide range of tasks.

Applicants for the position should demonstrate expertise and developed knowledge in relation to legal issues for operations law. This should include current knowledge of, or the ability to quickly acquire knowledge of relevant legislation including the Customs Act 1901 (Cth), Maritime Powers Act 2013 (Cth), Australian Border Force Act 2015 (Cth), Crimes Act 1914 (Cth), Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth), Surveillance Devices Act 2004 (Cth), Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 (Cth), Intelligence Services Act 2001 (Cth), and Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

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  • Opportunity to apply and grow your legal expertise with like-minded professionals without hourly billing
  • UC Level 8, $100,423 pa - $112,010 pa + 17% Super
  • 2 x Full-time, ongoing opportunities

The University of Canberra is a dynamic university with great ambition. The University partners with government, business and industry locally and internationally to challenge the status quo through the pursuit of best practice in teaching, learning and research. UC’s place-based identity ensures that it exists to serve Australia’s capital community and its surrounding region with a strong impact on the nation. The University’s continued success has resulted in UC being recognised as number one in the world for our activities aimed at reducing inequalities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings (2021), and as Australia’s fastest rising university and one of the fastest rising in the world in the most recent QS Rankings, 2021.

We have two unique opportunities to join a dynamic, high performing and collaborative in-house legal team who are passionate about what they do at the University.

These roles will give you the chance to provide high level and valued specialist advice to a diverse internal client base, and work without the pressure of billing.

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Defence Legal in the Department of Defence is seeking proactive Lawyers and Senior Lawyers with a collaborative mindset.

The roles involve providing strategic level advice to the Department of Defence on intelligence law matters and providing legal support across a broad range of legal issues to the Defence Intelligence Group, which includes the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation and Defence Intelligence Organisation.

Application Closing Date: Wednesday 03 November 2021

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DESG/04618/21 at

This is an exciting opportunity for senior lawyers to join Australia’s newest anti-corruption and integrity commission, and practice in the interesting, challenging and unique inquisitorial jurisdiction.

The ACT Integrity Commission is an independent body and law enforcement agency with powers under the Integrity Commission Act 2018 to investigate, expose and prevent corruption and foster public confidence in the integrity of government.

The Commission’s Legal Team assists the Commission to perform its principal functions and exercise its statutory powers in a lawful, effective, ethical, and accountable manner by providing high-quality, accurate and timely legal services. Commission lawyers work collaboratively with all other members of the Commission, and perform a key role in investigations, including appearing as Counsel Assisting in examinations. The Legal Team also provides advice to the Commission on policy and other organisational matters.

The Commission is looking for senior lawyers with a minimum of five years PQE and extensive criminal/inquiry/public law experience.

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The National Sports Tribunal (NST) provides independent, efficient, cost-effective and accessible dispute resolution for sports in Australia. The NST consists of 40 Tribunal Members, who are sports lawyers, sports medical experts, sports administrators and former athletes.

Key responsibilities:

  • Management, administration and governance of the NST, overseeing Registry staff, $3.5 million budget and delegated functions.
  • Implement procedural rules and practice of the NST.
  • Assist the CEO to support panels of Tribunal Members, including allocation of matters, maintaining regular contact with Members, and assisting them in the performance of their functions.
  • Oversee the Legal Assistance Panel of lawyers providing pro bono / affordable legal services to parties.
  • Continuous development of the NST services.
  • Promote benefits of NST to sporting associations and individuals.

Relevant Experience and Qualifications

  • Exceptional leadership and vision with deep knowledge and expertise in dispute resolution practices and procedures, including mediation, conciliation and arbitration.
  • An understanding of the NST’s role and its potential contribution to the Australian sporting sector.
  • Experience managing complex operations, high-level people management, and stakeholder engagement, together with strong communication, representational and negotiation skills.
  • A solid knowledge of public administration, and the operations of a government tribunal is highly desirable.
  • Appropriate legal qualifications and experience in the field of litigation or dispute resolution is highly desirable.
  • Understanding of the Australian sporting landscape especially in areas of governance and integrity will be well regarded.

Please note: Selection documentation and details about how to apply can be obtained by emailing quoting Ref No. 1011 in the subject line.

Applications close on Wednesday 10 November 2021

We are looking for a confident and motivated junior solicitor to join our busy practice in late November 2021. This will be a full-time permanent position after probation period.

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