Legal Counsel, APS Level 5 or 6, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Legal, APS Level 5, APS Level 6

About the team

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA) is a newly established Commonwealth Agency within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. ARWA has a unique opportunity to lead and shape the establishment and future of Australia’s specialist expertise in radioactive waste management to deliver on the Government’s commitment for the safe and secure management of the nation’s radioactive waste material.

The ARWA Legal Team is small and specialised, and has access to expertise from within Government, external legal advisors and probity advisors. The team provides high quality legal advice to all areas of ARWA on a broad range of legislative, program and policy issues.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

APS Level 5 Legal Counsel:

  • Legal knowledge in at least one of the following practice areas: commercial, administrative, employment, civil litigation, heritage/cultural, environmental and constitutional law
  • Knowledge of the FCA jurisdiction, practices and procedures, or the ability to quickly acquire this knowledge
  • The ability to contribute to contribute towards the planning and management of complex legal projects
  • Ability to manage priorities in a busy, fast-changing practice
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills that foster trust and cooperation, and a proven ability to work effectively and with integrity within a politically sensitive environment
  • The ability to operate with adaptability in a dynamic team environment; demonstrate astute judgment and high ethical standards; display resilience and a positive approach to the resolution of issues

APS Level 6 Legal Counsel:

  • Legal knowledge in commercial, administrative, employment, civil litigation, heritage/cultural, environmental and constitutional law
  • Knowledge of the FCA jurisdiction, practices and procedures, or the ability to quickly acquire this knowledge
  • The ability to plan and manage complex legal projects with well-developed legal research, analysis and drafting skills underpinned by exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to manage a busy, fast-changing practice, including aligning legal resources with organisational priorities
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills that foster trust and cooperation, and a proven ability to work effectively and with integrity within a politically sensitive environment
  • The ability to operate with adaptability in a dynamic team environment; demonstrate astute judgment and high ethical standards; display resilience and a positive approach to the resolution of issues 

What you will do 

Reporting to the Principal Legal Counsel, the APS Level 5 or APS Level 6 Legal Counsel provides critical support of the programs and policies in managing Australia’s radioactive waste and delivering the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in South Australia. The Legal Counsel provides high quality legal support on a broad range of issues affecting ARWA, including regulatory, commercial, administrative law, dispute resolution and the development of legislation.

Duties of the APS5 Legal Counsel include:

  • Drafting practical and technically sound legal advice for second counselling by a senior or principal counsel
  • Exercising sound judgement on legal and commercial issues
  • Drafting documents including briefs, instruments, agreements and correspondence
  • Building productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Working collaboratively with other enabling services functions in the department
  • Helping to ensure the department complies with the Legal Services Directions 2017
  • Undertaking other duties relating to the work of the Legal Team, as directed
  • Contribute to complex legal projects
  • Liaise with legal services providers

Duties of the APS6 Legal Counsel include:

  • Drafting practical and technically sound legal advice for second counselling by a senior or principal counsel
  • Drafting legal advice that reflects a sound understanding of the department's operations and strategic environment
  • Plan and manage complex legal projects
  • Exercising sound judgement on legal and commercial issues
  • Drafting high quality documents (including briefs, instruments, agreements and correspondence)
  • Identifying and helping to manage risk for the department (both legal and non-legal)
  • Building productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Managing client relationships and developing your own client base
  • Cultivating subject matter expertise
  • Briefing and managing external legal services providers
  • Working collaboratively with other enabling services functions in the department
  • Helping to ensure the department complies with the Legal Services Directions 2017
  • Undertaking other duties relating to the work of the Legal Team, as directed

Eligibility

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.

Notes

Other Requirements

APS Level 5 Legal Counsel:

  • A current Australian practising certificate or entitlement to hold an Australian practising certificate.
  • Admission as a legal practitioner, however described, of the High Court of the Supreme Court of an Australian, State or Territory and current practising certificate issued by the SA Law Society, or eligibility to acquire
  • 1 to 2 years’ post-admission experience, either in private, in-house and/or government role(s).

Qualification/s:

  • Completion of a degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification

APS Level 6 Legal Counsel

  • A current Australian practising certificate or entitlement to hold an Australian practising certificate.
  • Admission as a legal practitioner, however described, of the High Court of the Supreme Court of an Australian, State or Territory and current practising certificate issued by the ACT Law Society, or eligibility to acquire
  • 3 to 5 years’ post-admission experience, either in private, in-house and/or government role(s).

Qualification/s:

  • Completion of a degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description. You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Please note that there is one position available either at the APS Level 6 or the APS Level 5. In your application, please select which level you would like to be considered for.

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact inclusion@industry.gov.au if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Kirst Braybon, Principal Legal Counsel, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency, kirsty.braybon@industry.gov.au, 0422 972 931

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 full time/part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at inclusion@industry.gov.au for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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