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Jobs and Small Business Vacancy N.N. 10716992
Department of Jobs and Small Business Closing date: Sunday, 17 December 2017
Job Title: Senior Executive Lawyer/Branch Manager – Employment Standards
Division: Workplace Relations Legal Group
Branch: Employment Standards Branch
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: GBL3576

Job Description


Applications are sought to permanently fill the role of Senior Executive Lawyer/Branch Manager, Employment Standards Branch in the Workplace Relations Legal Group, Department of Employment.

The Workplace Relations Legal (WRL) Group manages the implementation of the Government’s legislation program for workplace relations, work health and safety, and workers’ compensation. We provide legal advice to the Australian Government, oversee the preparation of relevant legislation and regulations, assist in the preparation of parliamentary submissions, and manage legal proceedings before the courts and the Fair Work Commission.

The successful applicant will play a critical role in providing legal and strategic advice on aspects of workplace relations law relating to modern awards, Fair Entitlements Guarantee, general protections, minimum wages, National Employment Standards, outworkers, registered organisations, right of entry, road safety remuneration, unfair dismissal and the Coal Mining Long Service Leave scheme. You will lead a motivated and professional team of lawyers and you will work collaboratively with senior staff in the Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy Cluster.

You will be a highly motivated leader with exceptional management and leadership skills with the ability to provide high quality legal advice to the Minister, Secretary and senior officers. You will possess excellent stakeholder management skills to enable you and your team to work across the Group, Cluster, Department, Australian Public Service and with external stakeholders.

Key deliverables:
• contributing to the direction of the operations and resources of the WRL Group by managing priorities and work distribution
• developing and reviewing policy relating to matters within the responsibility of the Employment Standards Branch
• liaising with employer and employee registered organisations, peak bodies and State and Commonwealth Departments and authorities
• representing the Department at meetings, conferences and in negotiations relevant to the responsibilities of the Workplace Relations and Economic Strategy Cluster



Please note, under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.

This is a designated security assessed position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 security assessment at the level.


• Law degree from an Australian University or equivalent
• Admission as a legal practitioner, however described, of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory

• Experience in workplace relations law and/or the management of significant legislation projects

For more information about the position please contact Jonathan Beaumont, Director - Gillian Beaumont Legal on (02) 6126 4500, quoting reference GBL3576.

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 Department of Jobs and Small Business 

The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces. Our vision is More Jobs. Great Workplaces. We encourage and welcome applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

We collaborate with our stakeholders including employers, unions, employees, employment services providers, job seekers, the Australian public and other Commonwealth agencies. As policy advisers, we take into account broader economic, social and technological changes that will transform the way Australians work.

To Apply

Position Contact: Jonathon Beaumont, Gillian Beaumont Legal, (02) 6126 4500
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 PS48-Thu - 30 Nov 2017 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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