Lawyer - Canberra

Lawyer - Canberra

Australian Government Solicitor

Lawyer - Canberra

Details of the offer

Job Description Duties Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) is the Australian Government’s central legal service and part of the Attorney-General’s Department. It is a centre of excellence and expertise in areas of law of importance to the Commonwealth and in managing complex, systemic and precedential issues for the Commonwealth. AGS has offices in every capital city and a complement of approximately 370 lawyers who practise principally in the areas of public law, dispute resolution, law enforcement and commercial law.

AGS is a self-funded legal practice and competes in the market for the majority of its legal work.

The AGS dispute resolution group provides specialist expertise in resolving and managing disputes – through litigation and alternative dispute resolution. We provide advice and act in all types of matters, across a range of areas of law and across jurisdictions – from small claims and disputes, to the largest and most sensitive litigation matters in which the Commonwealth is involved.

AGS has a strong focus on providing excellent legal advice and representation, outstanding client service, and on being effective and efficient in our business operations.

For further information about AGS practice areas and our business please visit our website

About the roles
AGS Dispute Resolution is seeking expressions of interest for ongoing positions at the Lawyer level in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. These positions are designated as Lawyer and classified as either APS Level 5 or APS Level 6 within the APS Level 3-6 Broadband.

Successful applicants will be expected to undertake the responsibilities set out in the Lawyer (APS 5 or APS 6) role descriptions. The positions would be most suitable for a person with between 1 and 5 years’ post-admission experience. Candidates with more experience will be considered if they are willing to undertake supervised work of a kind and at a salary appropriate to a less experienced solicitor.
Successful applicants will have an appropriate tertiary legal qualification, be admitted to practise law in Australia and preferably possess the following skills and experience:

• experience in Commonwealth administrative law (including migration law), employment law and/or Commonwealth workers’ compensation and entitlements matters
• experience in managing litigation in the State Courts, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court and/or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in connection with the above areas
• the ability to effectively represent Commonwealth agencies in dealings with other parties, witnesses and counsel
• the ability to provide a high standard of client service and maintain strong client relationships
• excellent strategic thinking, research, analytical and writing skills
• the ability to prepare cost estimates for matters and to work efficiently and effectively so as to manage matters in accordance with agreed client arrangements
• demonstrated ability to work under pressure and in urgent circumstances either alone or as a member of a team
• excellent interpersonal skills, negotiation skills and ability to persuade
• the ability to meet personal net production/productivity/revenue targets.

For further information about the requirements of the Lawyer positions, please refer to the role descriptions available on our recruitment portal.

These are full-time ongoing roles. Successful applicants will be covered by the Attorney-General’s Department Enterprise Agreement 2016. Salary will be negotiated with the successful applicants, depending on their skills and experience.

How to apply
To apply for these roles, please visit our recruitment career website for details.

If you wish to express interest in this opportunity please provide:

• a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) indicating relevant experience with reference to the skills and experience for the role set out above
• your CV, which should include date of admission
• your academic transcript for your tertiary law qualification.

Closing date
Applications close on 2 September 2019.

Further enquiries
Further information can be obtained by contacting Steven Minter, Human Resources Business Partner on 02 9581 7783.

To apply for these roles you will need to be an Australian Citizen. Successful applicants may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance up to Negative Vetting Level 1.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job.

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