Current Opportunities

  • An exciting ongoing opportunity exists for an eager and enthusiastic Legal Assistant to join our Government and Public Law Branch and provide comprehensive secretarial and administrative support to a team of solicitors. 

    If you have demonstrated experience in providing high level administrative assistance in a legal support position within a legal environment, strong attention to detail, flexibility and a 'can do' attitude we are keen to hear from you. 

    About the role:

    Key duties of this role include:

    • Preparing correspondence and court documents – drafting and typing (dictaphone)
    • Amending & formatting documents
    • File management – maintaining orderly, up to date legal files in electronic and hard‑copy format
    • Diary and email management – monitoring emails, calendars and recording deadlines
    • Telephone assistance – both incoming and screening
    • General administration – photocopying, couriers, billing, relieving reception
    • Looking for ways to reduce the administrative workload of your solicitors

    About you:

    Do you enjoy:

    • Using your high level technical skills to produce quality documents?
    • Communicating with a variety of people?
    • Being highly organised and quality focused?
    • Working in a fun and supportive team environment?
    • Building positive relationships?

    The VGSO places a strong emphasis on work/life balance, offers flexible work arrangements and has a learning and development program tailored to Legal Assistants within the organisation to support our strong emphasis on career development.

    In exchange for your hard work, you will receive competitive remuneration, various professional training and development opportunities and 17.5% annual leave loading.

    How To Apply:

    Applications must include a cover letter and resume; candidates will be required complete an online questionnaire as part of the online application form. Key Selection Criteria responses are not required separately.

    To discuss this opportunity further please contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on 03 9032 3052.

    Click here to apply.

    Applications close before midnight on Monday, 31 July, 2017.


    • Develop skills in practice areas at an advanced level
    • Variety of interesting legal work and exposure to high profile issues
    • Under supervision, conduct litigation in relation to disciplinary and regulatory work

    The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) provides strategic legal advice and services to
    government. The office enjoys an extraordinary diversity of exciting and challenging case work, which is
    frequently topical and often involves significant public interest issues.

    You are a junior lawyer with administrative and disciplinary experience who wishes to expand their practice.

    The Administrative Law and Occupational Regulation Team is seeking such a lawyer to provide advice and other legal
    services to a range of government sector clients in relation to merits review and disciplinary matters both internally and in
    VCAT, judicial review and appeals, FOI, statutory interpretation and administrative law. There is also some scope for
    acting in summary prosecutions.

    Applicants should also have knowledge and experience in the following areas:

    • principles and practice of administrative law;
    • providing clear and concise advice on sensitive matters;
    • complex legal research and analysis. 

    If you are passionate and enthusiastic about contributing to a government law office please click 'apply' to obtain a
    position description and submit an application. Applicants are required to submit a completed online application in
    addition to providing a current cover letter and CV. Responses to the Key Selection Criteria are not required separately.

    You can read more about the application process and working at the VGSO (including our numerous benefits) on our
    website (www.vgso.vic.gov.au). Alternatively, you can contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on (03) 9032 3052.

    Applications close before midnight on Sunday, 6 August, 2017.
     


    • Variety of interesting legal work and exposure to high profile issues
    • Full-time, fixed-term position (15 months)
    • $48,489 - $62,267 p.a. plus superannuation (FTE)

    Are you searching for the opportunity to make a difference and enjoy a great sense of contribution to
    fascinating issues of public interest?

    About us:

    The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) provides strategic advice and practical legal solutions to the Victorian
    government, departments, agencies and authorities. Our clients face a wide range of legal issues and seek legal advice
    and solutions that offer meaningful outcomes and effective risk management, given their unique government context. The
    VGSO operates similarly to a mid-tier law firm.

    About the role:

    An exciting fixed-term opportunity exists for a bright and enthusiastic Legal Assistant looking to provide comprehensive
    secretarial and administrative support to a team of solicitors in our Police Branch. The position involves a variety of
    administrative work which typically includes:

    • Preparing correspondence and court documents – drafting and typing (dictaphone)
    • Amending & formatting documents
    • File management – maintaining orderly, up to date legal files
    • Diary and email management – monitoring emails, calendars and recording deadlines
    • Telephone assistance
    • General administration – photocopying, couriers, billing, reception duties

    About you:

    If you have demonstrated experience in providing high level administrative assistance in a legal support position within
    a legal environment, strong attention to detail, flexibility, and a 'can do' attitude we are keen to hear from you.

    In exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and
    17.5% annual leave loading.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Applications must include a cover letter and resume; candidates will be required complete an online questionnaire as part
    of the online application form.

    Key Selection Criteria responses are not required separately.

    Click here to apply.

    To discuss the position further, please contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on 03 9032 3052

    Applications close before midnight on Sunday, 6 August, 2016.


    • Diverse public interest matters
    • Exposure to interesting work
    • Insight into working as a government lawyer
    • Suitable for students in their penultimate year of legal academic studies

    Why Choose the VGSO?

    Our Seasonal Clerkship program offers a unique insight into the benefits of working as a government lawyer. Clerks work closely with a mentor at the VGSO while getting involved in real work, attending court, developing practical researching abilities and acquire a range of skills while placed in one of our five legal Branches: Government & Public Law; Commercial, Property & Technology; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Police and Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety.

    Priority Offers

    Once you have completed a Seasonal Clerkship program at the VGSO, you may be eligible for a priority offer for our Graduate Program. This offers you a unique foundation for a rewarding career as a lawyer, whether in government or private practice. You will work on interesting, high-profile matters, with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility.

    The role of a Graduate Lawyer with the VGSO is wonderfully diverse, constantly challenging and extremely interesting. As a Graduate Lawyer, you will gain exposure to various facets of the legal system, with three-month rotations through four of our five Branches.

    What We Look For

    The VGSO places great emphasis on our core values, professionalism and working together. During the recruitment process we look for candidates who are interested and committed to working in government, appreciate the importance of client responsiveness, demonstrate the requirements of acting as a model litigant, are friendly and take pride in their work.

    We select candidates who are in their penultimate year of study, are motivated, demonstrate initiative and good interpersonal skills, have strong academic results in a legal qualification, with lives that are balanced with varied interests.

    Supportive Environment

    The VGSO operates in an open-door environment where knowledge is shared in a supportive and collegiate manner. You can also expect regular feedback to assist you in the development of your skills, confidence and ability.

    How to apply

    Please click 'Apply Now' on the bottom of this page and respond to the questions contained within the online application form. Your application should also include:

    • a cover letter that details why you want to work at the VGSO and why you think you would be suited to being a government lawyer;
    • a complete curriculum vitae, including details of your relevant work experience, community involvements, memberships and other interests; and
    • a copy of your most relevant academic transcript(s).

    As per the LIV guidelines, applications close 11:59pm Sunday, 13th August 2017.

    You can read more about working at the VGSO on our website www.vgso.vic.gov.au

    For further information about the role, please contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on (03) 9032 3052 or ua.vog.civ.osgv69dafe8b58066478aea48f3d0f384820@69dafe8b58066478aea48f3d0f384820dlanodcm.ybba