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Health Vacancy N.N. 10753330
Professional Services Review Closing date: Friday, 12 July 2019
Job Title: Principal Legal Officer EL2
Division: Professional Services Review
Branch: Professional Services Review
Section: Case Management Unit
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary: $136,001 - $146,921
Location: Canberra Airport - ACT
Classification: Executive Level 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 20025831 | NP

Job Description


Professional Services Review (PSR) seeks an experienced lawyer for a position as a Principal Legal Officer.
Principal Legal Officers perform an important individual case management and advising role in the Case Management Unit in PSR.

The Case Management Unit is a small team that supports the Director PSR, Committees and the Determining Authority to manage and progress cases which have been referred to PSR efficiently and effectively. In this position you will provide advice to the Director or to a PSR Committee in respect of matters allocated to you. You will be responsible for ensuring that the management of cases complies with legislative requirements and administrative law principles.

The Principal Legal Officers’ duties include:

• Taking responsibility for the legal and administrative management of PSR cases allocated to them and ensuring that cases are managed in compliance with Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 and in accordance with general administrative law principles,
• Providing legal advice to PSR Committees including at Committee hearings (usually held in the capital city most convenient for the practitioner under review);
• Providing, at times, legal advice in governance areas including procurement, freedom of information and privacy;
• Working in a professional and cooperative manner with lawyers acting for practitioners under review to ensure effective and efficient management of the statutory process;
• Working closely with PSR Committee members to draft and settle statements of reasons for Committee findings including assisting Committee members to respond to oral and written submissions from practitioners under review;
• Representing PSR at various forums.

Please note this position requires significant interstate travel.



Job Specific Capabilities and Experience

• Significant legal experience, preferably in an administrative law context
• High level writing and proof-reading skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Capacity to become quickly familiar with legislation including, specifically, Part VAA of the Act, related regulations and the Medicare Benefits Schedule
• Familiarity with medical records and terminology, though not essential, will be an advantage

Qualifications and Experience

• Admission, or eligibility for admission, as a legal practitioner
• Significant experience as an administrative lawyer or comparable experience




Applications will be assessed against selection criteria. Applicants should obtain a copy of the selection criteria and address each of them (maximum 400 words per criterion) when applying. They can be obtained at or by emailing

Applications should also include a current CV.

About Professional Services Review 

PSR was established in July 1994 as an Agency within the Health Portfolio to protect the integrity of Medicare and the PBS. PSR is responsible for reviewing and examining possible inappropriate practice by practitioners when they provide Medicare services or prescribe Government subsidised medicines under the PBS. PSR examines suspected cases of inappropriate practice that have been referred by the Chief Executive Medicare.

PSR is established under Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973, which sets out the role and powers of the Agency, as well as the process that it must follow when conducting its work.

Through the performance of its statutory role, PSR protects patients and the community from the risks associated with inappropriate practice, and protects the Commonwealth from having to meet the cost of medical and allied health services provided as a result of inappropriate practice.

PSR encourages workplace diversity and welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people of non-English speaking background and people with a disability.

To find out more, visit our website at

To Apply

Selection Documentation:
Position Contact: Andrew Shelley, 02 6120 9100
Apply Address: Please send completed applications to
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 PS26-Fri - 21 Jun 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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