Current Vacancies

Legal Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel, APS Level 6, Executive Level 1, Corporate Group

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Legal, Corporate, APS Level 6, Executive Level 1


About the team

Lawyers in the Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch engage in a variety of interesting and rewarding work. We provide best practice legal services to the department and customer agencies to meet the needs of our clients and in turn Australian businesses. We provide a supportive and collegiate working environment which is both challenging and enjoyable.

The policy and program areas of the department that the Legal, Audit and Assurance Branch advises are diverse and include Offshore Resources, Minerals and Energy, Anti-Dumping, Space Activities, AusIndustry, Venture Capital, Research and Development Tax Incentive, Radioactive Waste, Science programmes, Industry programs, the Australian Square Kilometre Array project, Questacon and the Australian Building Codes Board Office.

This diversity results in a wide range of legal work including commercial, administrative, statutory interpretation and decision making, regulatory compliance, employment law, freedom of information, legislation development, privacy, and litigation.

Our ideal candidates

The department is recruiting Legal Counsels and Senior Legal Counsels to join the department’s legal team. We are seeking lawyers with outstanding legal skills in commercial law, statutory interpretation and administrative law, legislation development and litigation.

Legal Counsels and Senior Legal Counsels contribute to and facilitate the delivery of timely, accurate, practical and strategic advice. You will demonstrate exceptional communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to build and maintain productive relationships with your colleagues, as well as internal and external stakeholders.

What you will do

The positions involve:

  • the provision of high quality, timely and practical legal services in relation to the diverse range of policy areas and program administered by the department and its corporate operations
  • working cooperatively and communicating effectively with other members of the department's legal team, internal clients, external legal providers and other stakeholders
  • managing external legal services providers
  • maintaining a positive outlook whilst providing innovative solutions to legal issues.


Admission as a legal practitioner, however described, of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory and current practising certificate issued by the ACT Law Society, or eligibility to acquire.

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

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill current ongoing Legal Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Legal Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

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.

You are required to complete your application online and will need to provide:

  1. a covering letter of no more than two pages, detailing your skills and experience relevant to the position, and
  2. the contact details of two referees.

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

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Christie McClure, Principal Legal Counsel by email or by phone on (02) 6102 9865.

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, or need this in an alternative format, 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.

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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