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General Counsel, Senior Executive Band 1, Corporate

Job no: 501273
Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Legal, Corporate, SES Band 1

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the role of General Counsel. As General Counsel you will provide senior leadership to the Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch and will be a key member of the Corporate Division executive leadership team.

The Branch’s chief responsibility is the provision of legal advice and support to the department, and the procurement and management of legal services from external providers. The department’s Freedom of Information team, Legislation Liaison Officer and Chief Internal Auditor sit within the Branch.

You will contribute to the strategic direction of the department, delivering reform and driving change. The role requires a highly skilled, strategic, innovative, results orientated and self-motivated person with exceptional relationship management skills and the motivation to make a difference.

Astute judgement and political awareness is essential, as is professional authority and credibility. You will play a critical part in the governance of the department through the delivery of expert legal advice in a complex and sensitive environment. Ensuring that legal, audit and assurance functions are forward thinking and focused on delivering high quality outcomes for the department is essential.

The in house legal services team provides high quality legal advice on a broad range of legislative, program and policy issues affecting the portfolio. The branch takes a partnership approach to resolving issues and helping decision makers to manage the department’s legal risk.

What you will do

We are looking for a person with a proven track record in the following areas:

  • A proven ability to provide strategic and technically sound legal advice in a range of areas of law
  • The ability to provide advice and assess risks to help inform decision-makers regarding complex and sensitive matters
  • Exceptional communication and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a strategic focus, recognise opportunities and deliver outcomes.
  • The ability to inspire confidence and operate effectively in a rapidly changing environment.
  • High level leadership capability (including intellectual leadership) and people management skills.
  • Analytical abilities of a high order and experience in solving complex problems.
  • A proactive approach to professional and organisational development with the ability to engender enthusiasm and professionalism in others.


You must be admitted as a legal practitioner of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory and be eligible to hold an unrestricted Government Practising Certificate issued by the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory.

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Negative Vetting 1 security clearance at a minimum. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

Please provide a response of no more than 1000 words outlining the skills and experience you would bring to the role. Along with your application you should provide a resume which provides information about your work history.

Applications are to be submitted via email to  by 5:00pm AEDT on Thursday 22 November 2018.

Contact information

If you require assistance with your application or for more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Jonathan Beaumont on (02) 6126 4500 or emailing

Download File Candidate Package - SES Band 1 General Counsel Nov 2018 FINAL (002).pdf

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.  If you require some assistance with your application please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

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.

ve, tell us, in no more than 1000 words, about the skills and experience you would bring to the role.

Applications are to be submitted via email to and prior to the closing date. Along with your application you should provide a resume which provides information about your work history. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

If you require assistance with your application, please contact Gail Treverrow on (02) 6102 9934 or email[HJ1] .

 [HJ1]Or Jonathan and Janean as contact?

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