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Principal Solicitor

Location: Melbourne
Company: Department of Premier and Cabinet
Apps close: Sunday 24th January 2021

We have a senior leadership opportunity for a highly experienced Principal Solicitor at Wage Inspectorate Victoria (the Inspectorate). The new role will sit within a soon-to-be-established Legal team at the Inspectorate.

The Inspectorate is a branch within Industrial Relations Victoria which is part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Inspectorate enforces Victorian employment laws covering child employment, long service leave, and independent contractors in the transport and forestry sectors.

From 1 July 2021, the Inspectorate will become an independent statutory authority under the Wage Theft Act 2020. From this date, wage theft will be a criminal offence in Victoria.

The Principal Solicitor assists the Special Counsel in the provision of expert legal services within the Inspectorate covering a broad range of legal, workplace relations, administrative and legislative matters.

As the successful candidate you will hold deep experience and expertise in workplace law, combined with excellent legal, research and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to translate complex legislation and policy to practical operational requirements. You will also ideally hold prosecutorial experience in a regulatory setting.

Note that the position will transfer to the Wage Inspectorate Victoria, independent statutory authority, upon commencement of the Wage Theft Act 2020 on 1 July 2021.

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, working remotely arrangements are in place.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

The closing date for this position is midnight Sunday 24 January 2021.

How to apply:

Apply before the advertised closing date, all applications should include:

a resume
a cover letter of no more than three pages addressing the key selection criteria.
Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to complete a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent form. Employment of successful candidates will be subject to a National Police Check.

DPC actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from all diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. All roles at DPC can be worked flexibly, however it may differ from role to role.