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Lawyer – Advice

Location: Sydney
Company: Fair Work Ombudsman
Apps close: Sunday 2nd August 2020

Job Reference No: 20/067EA
Position Title: Lawyer – Advice
Branch: Legal Group
Location: Sydney
Employment Status: Full-Time or Part-Time
Employment Type: Ongoing or Non-ongoing (up to 12 months)
Salary: $86 869 to $99 863 plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: APS Level 6
Closing Date: 11.00pm (AEST) Sunday 2 August 2020

Do you want to work for one of the largest workplace relations legal practices in Australia and provide advice to assist the community on a range of issues including the new JobKeeper scheme.

The role of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is to support compliant, productive and inclusive Australian workplaces. We aim to build a culture of compliance with workplace laws and work with our stakeholders to find solutions to workplace issues.

What We Do

The FWO Legal Group are a busy team of professionals responsible for both conducting civil penalty litigation and providing legal advice relating to Commonwealth workplace relations laws. We work with internal stakeholders to identify and progress litigation matters. We provide advice on a range of workplace relations laws, instruments and emerging issues to support business and the community. Currently the Legal Group is responding to workplace relations advice requests concerning COVID-19 and the recently released JobKeeper legislation. We work closely with internal and external stakeholders to provide a range of tools and resources to support the Australian community. We also contribute to a range of innovative continuous improvement projects within the FWO.

What We Offer

The FWO offers a challenging, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions. You will have the ability to practise as a lawyer in an in-house legal practice within a regulatory environment and to contribute to exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of the government.

You will have the ability to work in a large in-house Government legal team. We offer great training, career development and networking opportunities, and the opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.

For more information about the FWO, please visit

The Opportunity

We have an opportunity for a Lawyer – Advice (APS6) based in Sydney. You will have the opportunity to:
• prepare and provide practical oral and written advice focused on workplace relations issues, including COVID-19 and the newly released JobKeeper legislation;
• draft and review materials, for example, web content, templates, guides and other workplace relations educational materials;
• provide or procure advice on other legal areas, such as commercial, corporations and public sector law, including freedom of information, privacy and public procurement;
• undertake legal research on a wide range of legal topics;
• draft legal documents, such as Enforceable Undertakings and Compliance Notices;
• develop strong working relationships with internal stakeholders and work with a broad cross-section of stakeholders across a range of sectors; and
• work on projects.

In addition to the above, you would have the opportunity to undertake litigation tasks or matters (depending on the skills and interests of the candidate).

Our Ideal Candidate

We are seeking a team player with a can-do attitude who is agile and adaptable.

You must be capable of and have experience in providing practical legal advice on a range of workplace relations matters. Experience working in a regulatory or government context, advising on public sector law, and conducting corporate and commercial transactional work would be preferable (but not required). You will be able to achieve results within short timeframes.

You must be skilled in conducting legal research and legal drafting with a well-developed ability to identify and manage risk.

You will have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to effectively convey your opinion, position or counter-position on a matter.

You will need to hold a degree in Law from an Australian university (or overseas equivalent qualification) and admission, or eligibility for admission, to the Supreme Court in your State and the High Court of Australia. You will need to have (or be able to obtain) a practising certificate.

APS6 candidates should have more than three years of post-qualification practice experience.

How to Apply

If you are excited about this opportunity please describe and provide practical examples, in no more than 1000 words, how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications meet the requirements of this role and make you the best candidate for this opportunity.

All applications, including a copy of your latest resume, must be submitted via our online application system through the current vacancies page on the FWO website.

If you have any questions regarding this role or selection process, please contact

Applications close 11.00pm (AEST) Sunday 2 August 2020