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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10752634
Attorney-General's Department Closing date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Job Title: Counsel Assisting
Division: Solicitor-General’s Office
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Salary: $122,855 - $139,929
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Executive Level 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 1025/CSG

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.

Our Opportunity

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.

Duties of the Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General will include:
• Assisting in the preparation of the cases in which the Solicitor-General is briefed as counsel.
• Appearing as junior counsel in selected cases.
• Preparing and researching draft legal opinions, often involving complex constitutional and public law issues.
• Preparing draft papers for presentation by the Solicitor-General at internal and external conferences.
• Liaising with the Office of Legal Services Coordination and other areas of the department and Australian Government Solicitor as appropriate.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:
• Experience in litigation, advising and/or opinion writing, preferably specialising in matters of Australian public law (essential).
• Outstanding research, legal analytical and communication skills (essential).
• Post-graduate qualification in law and/or High Court associateship (important).
• A capacity to manage effectively competing demands on time (important).
• An ability to work closely and effectively with the range of persons identified above (important).
• Exceptional interpersonal and persuasive skills.
• Excellent professional judgement.


Applicants must hold a degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution or comparable overseas qualification, which, in the opinion of the Secretary, is appropriate to the duties of the office, or admission in Australia as a legal practitioner. Preferably with first-class honours.


Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Non-ongoing opportunities will be offered for a specified term of varying periods up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

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 with 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 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 PS24-Wed - 12 Jun 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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