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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10716550
Attorney-General's Department Closing date: Sunday, 17 December 2017
Job Title: Counsel Assisting
Division: Office of the Solicitor-General
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Salary: $95,154 - $115,778
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Executive Level 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 493409/SGC

Job Description


To obtain a copy of the Vacancy Information Kit for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply Online' button at the bottom of this advertisement.


The Office of the Solicitor-General was established under the Law Officers Act 1964. The Solicitor-General is the second law officer of the Commonwealth. The Law Officers Act sets out the functions of the Office, which include acting as counsel for the Commonwealth, giving opinions on questions of law to the Attorney-General, and carrying out such other functions ordinarily performed by counsel, as the Attorney-General requests.

The Solicitor-General has an office based within the Attorney-General's Department in Canberra along with chambers in Melbourne. This position (together with the other Counsel Assisting position) is to be based in the Canberra office, although some travel may be required.


The Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General will provide high level support to the Solicitor-General. As second law officer of the Commonwealth, the Solicitor-General provides written and oral advice on matters of significance to the Australian Government and appears as counsel in cases of constitutional significance, international cases and other cases of special government interest. We are seeking applicants with the following attributes to join us in supporting the Solicitor-General:

• Ability to assist in the preparation of the cases in which the Solicitor-General is briefed as counsel and appear as junior counsel in selected cases where appropriate.
• Litigation and advising experience preferably specialising in matters of Australian public law.
• Highly developed written and research skills with the ability to prepare legal opinions, speeches and presentations for internal and external conferences.
• Demonstrated ability to apply professional judgement, communicate with influence and effectively achieve quality outcomes within tight timeframes.
• Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to build productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and effectively within a small team environment.
• Post-graduate qualification in law and/or High Court associateship would be an advantage.



• Applicants must be Australian citizens to be eligible for employment at the Attorney-General’s Department.
• The preferred applicant will be required to successfully undergo a police record check and be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance. The preferred applicant must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information.
• Successful applicants engaged into the APS will be subject to a Probationary period.
• A degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution or a comparable overseas qualification, preferably with 1st class Honours (or equivalent)


Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a period of 12 months from March 2018 to March 2019.

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. For more information see:

About Attorney-General's Department 

The Attorney General’s Department serves the people of Australia, and supports the Attorney General as First Law Officer, by providing high-quality legal services to the Commonwealth.

The department operates in a diverse and complex environment to address challenging issues. We have a highly-skilled and engaged workforce which includes practitioners in policy development and implementation and program administration. The department also has a large contingent of practicing lawyers, particularly within the Australian Government Solicitor, an element of the department.

The department is committed to having a flexible and inclusive workplace and recognises and values the diversity of the wider Australia community.

To find out more, visit our websites and

To Apply

Position Contact: Christine Moy, (02) 6141 4139
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS49-Mon - 04 Dec 2017 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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