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Legal Officer/Assistant Director

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Melbourne
Categories: APS Level 6, Executive Level 1

About the team?

A division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Anti-Dumping Commission (the Commission) is responsible for administering Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system. Specifically, the Commission undertakes complex investigations (and related operational activities) into claims of dumping and subsidisation made by an Australian industry applicant. The investigations include examination of the alleged dumping and subsidies, the injury suffered by the Australian industry concerned, and the causal link between the dumping or subsidy and the injury found.    

These investigations and related inquiries require the Commission to work closely with a range of stakeholders, including Australian manufacturers and importers, as well as foreign exporters and governments. The Commission’s priorities are to:

  • Contribute to a level playing field for Australian industry by providing an accessible, efficient and effective anti-dumping system
  • Undertake rigorous and evidence based anti-dumping and countervailing investigations in accordance with the Customs Act 1901 and the Customs Tariff Anti-Dumping Act 1975.
  • Administer Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system in line with World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.
  • Further strengthen the operation of Australia’s anti-dumping system.

Our ideal candidate

You will support the Director, Legal and International Standards, the Commissioner of the Anti-Dumping Commission (the Commissioner) and the Executive, and work within a small team of lawyers to support investigation teams undertaking anti-dumping investigations, reviews, and other operational activities. The team liaises closely with the department’s legal area, external legal providers, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Anti-Dumping Review Panel (ADRP) in relation to reviews of anti-dumping decisions.


Depending on the experience of the candidates, it is expected that the successful EL1 will work with limited supervision and the successful APS6 will work under direct supervision, of the Director, Legal and International Standards.


You will be required to provide a high standard of service in preparing legal advice, Executive and Ministerial briefings and contributing to achieving the Commission’s broad work priorities. You will need to prioritise workflow in a fast-paced environment with tight legislative deadlines and work collaboratively across the Commission. The roles can be challenging due to the scrutiny of the Commissioner’s and Minister’s decisions by stakeholders. Maintaining a calm and resilient approach and demonstrating a high level of integrity in responding to, and engaging, with internal and external stakeholders is essential.

What you will do?

  • Provide legal support, including the identification of legal issues, options and risks, for investigations, reviews, inquiries, duty assessments and compliance activities under Australia's anti-dumping and countervailing system
  • Provide legal advice in relation to broader issues relating to the administration of Australia’s anti-dumping scheme
  • Assist in the legal review of complex briefs, correspondence, reports and advice for senior management, the Commissioner, and the Minister
  • Contribute to the optimisation of relationships with the department’s legal area, the Anti-Dumping Review Panel, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Assist in providing oversight on the Commission’s involvement in litigation (including instructing counsel where appropriate) and contributions to Australia’s involvement in WTO disputes (in conjunction with DFAT)
  • Monitor developments in the Federal Court and WTO and inform the Commission of any implications for legislation, policy and practice
  • Assist in the development and implementation of legislative changes in relation to Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system
  • Assist in identifying and driving opportunities for continuous business improvement of Commission policy, processes and practices. 
  • Support strategic development and strategic direction initiatives
  • Maintain networks with government, industry and international stakeholders in line with the APS Values and APS Code of Conduct and relevant departmental policies

For a copy of the duty statement please click here: Download File Duty Statement - Legal APS6 and EL1.docx


Tertiary qualifications in the field of law and be admitted (or eligibility for admission) as a solicitor in an Australian State or Territory is essential.

How to apply

 You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) #LI-TW1

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Melanie Sebastian on 02 6213 7795 or email

Learn more about the department

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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