The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email email@example.comUnique opportunity to provide legal advice at the heart of government in the area of native titleDiverse, challenging and fulfilling work on matters of public interestOngoing | Full-timeVPS 5 - $101,120 - $122,348 p.a. + superannuation (depending on experience) About the VGSOThe Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) is the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving. We operate as a service-driven legal professional practice and strive for excellence in a competitive environment. In all aspects of our operations, we aim to role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.About the roleWe have an exciting opportunity for a passionate and experienced lawyer to join the Native Title Team at the VGSO at a time when the law about Traditional Owner rights is developing both at the State, national and international level.The VGSO is the exclusive provider of native title services to government clients. The Native Title Team sits within the Commercial, Property & Technology (CP&T) Branch and works closely with the Public Law & Planning (PuLP) Branch.The primary objectives of this role will be to: Advise clients from across the public sector on Traditional Owner rights and government decision making in the areas of native title, cultural heritage and human rights.Advise clients from across the public sector on compliance with settlement agreements and relevant legislation including: Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic)Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic)Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018 (Vic) Appear on behalf of the State in native title claims listed in the Federal Court and matters listed in the National Native Title Tribunal and participate in related mediations and case management hearingsDraft court documents and settlement agreements, including Indigenous Land Use Agreements pursuant to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth)Work closely with the PuLP Branch on Supreme Court litigation regarding Traditional Owner rights and government decision makingUndertake statutory interpretation and review administrative decision makingAssist with legislative development About the successful candidate Specialist knowledge and demonstrated experience in the principles and practice of native title and administrative lawStrong understanding of, and experience in, statutory interpretationThe ability to conduct complex and sensitive proceedings in state and federal courts/tribunalsSignificant experience providing authoritative written and oral advice which is fit for purposeExcellent interpersonal, communication and client relationship management skills BenefitsIn exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and up to 17.5% annual leave loading. The VGSO embraces flexibility and welcomes a conversation to help you achieve work-life balance.How to applyIf this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply now! Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Please note it is not a requirement to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately but applicants should outline their relevant experience in their cover letter.To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached. Alternatively, you can contact Pieta Baccinetti, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, on (03) 9032 3052.Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday, 13 May 2021.Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including but not limited to, reference checks, pre-employment misconduct screening and criminal record checks.
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