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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10721375
Federal Court of Australia Closing date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Job Title: Deputy National Operations Registrar
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Melbourne - VIC
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Agency Website:

Job Description


The Court has successfully implemented a number of important reforms through the National Court Framework (NCF). The NCF is a fundamental reform of the Court and the way it operates. The key purpose of the NCF is to reinvigorate the Court's approach to case management by further modernising the Court's operations so that the Court is better placed to meet the demands of litigants and can operate as a truly national and international Court. The NCF reforms have focused on matters relevant to the work undertaken by the Judges of the Court, including the allocation of case work to Judges on a national basis, the organisation and management of the Court's work nationally through the introduction of nine National Practice Areas (NPAs), the introduction of a national duty system and the reform of the Court’s practice and procedure through the introduction of a suite of new practice notes, including the Central Practice Note. The Court is now extending the NCF (and its core principles) to all areas of general federal law judicial and registrar work, in its aim to ensure an efficient, effective and nationally consistent approach to the allocation and management of that work and to create opportunities for the advancement and career development of registrars.

The National Operations Registrar (NOR) and the National Operations Team are responsible for ensuring the proper implementation of the NCF and its ongoing functions. More particularly, the National Operations Team has five key responsibilities as part of the implementation and operations of the NCF:
1. Assisting with the design and implementation of key NCF structures, including undertaking a pivotal role in organisational change within the Court;
2. Allocation, management and workload analysis of all federal law work (across First Instance and Appellate work) and registrar work on a national basis;
3. The coherent operation of the NCF (across First Instance and Appellate work);
4. Judicial support including high level case management support; and
5. Ensuring the effective support and management of all general federal law work.

The Deputy National Operations Registrar (DNOR) is a critical role within the reformed structure of the Court. The DNOR works closely with the NOR, the Chief Justice and other Judges and plays a leading role in the development, implementation and ongoing operation of the NCF, including:
- Policy and practice development through the DNOR’s role in the co-ordination and management of the National Practice Committee and more broadly (e.g. reviewing and developing Court practice documents).
- Designing and implementing key NCF structures (including in policy and practice, as well as part of any organisational change within the Court).
- Supporting the NOR to ensure the coherent operation of the NCF, (e.g. allocation and reallocation of work to judges on a national basis across all NPAs, management of the Court’s judicial workload and liaison with key internal and external stakeholders) and the extension of the NCF to all registrar and general federal law areas.
- High level case management support for judges nationally (e.g. conducting complex mediations).
- Performing the role of Acting-NOR in the NOR’s absence.


Formal Qualifications:
This position requires the occupant to perform statutory legal functions, as required. Therefore, legal qualifications and admission as a practitioner of the High Court or the Supreme Court of a State or Territory of Australia is essential. In addition, the role requires the applicant to be experienced in high level case management and conducting complex mediations and, as such, it is highly desirable that the applicant be formally accredited as a mediator with experience in conducting mediations.

Employment with the Court is subject to the conditions prescribed in the Public Service Act 1999, and the following:
1. Australian citizenship – the successful applicant must hold Australian citizenship;
2. Security and character clearance – the successful applicant must satisfy a Police Records Check, and may also be required to complete security clearances during the course of their employment;
3. Health clearance – the successful applicant may be required to complete a health declaration or attend a medical assessment to confirm their fitness for duty.

Interested candidates who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency are welcome to apply, but should note that they cannot be engaged until their redundancy benefit period has expired.


For more information on the position, including how to apply, please obtain the position description from the Court’s website by clicking the “apply online” button below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Position Contact: Sia Lagos, 03 8600 3505
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 PS10-Tue - 06 Mar 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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