Current Opportunities

    •  Suitable for students in their final year of legal academic studies
    •  12 month program with exposure to multiple practice areas
    •  Involvement in diverse public interest matters
    •  Take on responsibility and direct client contact
    •  Enjoy a work/life balance
       
    About the VGSO

    With the VGSO's important role in providing authoritative advice and legal services to government, our Traineeship Program offers you a unique foundation for a rewarding career in both government and private practice. The VGSO is often involved in news-breaking matters relevant to every Victorian, including the Family Violence Royal Commission, constitutional challenges, freedom of information, native title and the Charter of Human Rights. The Traineeship Program will allow you to build a strong career path that is rewarding, thought-provoking and intellectually satisfying.

    Why Choose the VGSO?

    The role of a Trainee Lawyer with the VGSO is wonderfully diverse, constantly challenging and extremely interesting. As a Trainee Lawyer, you will gain exposure to various facets of the legal system, with three-month rotations through four of our five legal Branches: Government & Public Law; Commercial, Property & Technology; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Police and Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety. Our program will commence in March, 2018.

    What We Look For

    The VGSO places great emphasis on our core values:

    •  Responsiveness
    •  Insight
    •  Integrity
    •  Collaboration
    •  Excellence
     

    During the recruitment process we look for candidates who can demonstrate these values and 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 final 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.

    Continuing Professional Development

    We encourage all our legal practitioners to participate in learning and development activities to further enhance their skills and expertise. The VGSO's Learning & Development Program is tailor-made for individual careers and allows for learning on the job through numerous hands on experiences such as:

    •  opportunities to attend courts and/or tribunals, draft complex advices, further develop research skills and become involved in significant agreement negotiations;
    •  practical involvement with specialised areas of law; and
    •  access to a range of expertise from our senior lawyers by participating in our Mentor Program.
     
    At the successful completion of the VGSO's Traineeship Program, the Trainee Lawyers will be admitted to practice as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
     
    Please note candidates who are admitted or eligible for admission will not be considered for a traineeship position.
     
    How to apply

    Please click 'apply now' to submit an online application.

    Your application should 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 work experience, community involvement and other interests; and
    • a copy of your most relevant academic transcript(s) (unofficial copy accepted)

    As per the LIV guidelines, applications close 11:59pm Sunday, 27 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.osgv4fd5aadb85a00525415e3733cb96ed68@4fd5aadb85a00525415e3733cb96ed68dlanodcm.ybba


    • Contribute to matters of high profile public interest
    • Manage and lead a small team of 1-2 team members
    • Join a supportive team environment

    An exciting ongoing opportunity exists for an experienced and enthusiastic Legal Assistant to join our Government and Public Law Branch and take the next step in their career. This role will provide a range of high level legal and administrative support duties for solicitors in the branch and will, under supervision of a Branch Team Leader, will be responsible for the leadership to a small team of legal assistants. 

    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 experience in leading a small team, we are keen to hear from you.

    About the role:

    Key duties of this role include:

    • Supervision and mentoring of a small team of legal assistants (1 - 2 team members)
    • Supporting an allocated team of solicitors
    • Provide a range of confidential administrative legal support services
    • Preparing collate an array of documents with accuracy and efficiency
    • File management – maintaining legal files in electronic and hard‑copy format
    • Diary and email management – monitoring inbox and calendar
    • 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 stakeholders at all levels?
    • Mentoring and leading staff?
    • 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.

    To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached.

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

    Applications close before midnight on Sunday, 27 August, 2017.


    • Support IT projects and initiatives
    • Contribute to an innovative and collaborate team environment
    • $50,077 - $64,307 plus superannuation per annum

    About us

    The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

    The 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. In all aspects of its operations, the VGSO aims to comply with its values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

    The VGSO has recently developed a three year strategic plan, VGSO 2020. Key objectives for the coming three years include:

    • To strengthen and grow our client relationships;
    • To develop and enhance the capability, health and wellbeing of our people;
    • Ensuring our financial sustainability; and
    • Diversifying our service offering to strengthen government legal expertise.

    About the role

    This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the VGSO strategic plan and provide ongoing help desk support to VGSO staff, IT projects and initiatives.

    The position also provides high quality website, intranet and portal administration support to VGSO stakeholders and external clients, and adding value to the VGSO's web assets through researching and recommending new technologies and trends focusing on market changes. Key responsibilities of the IT Support Analyst role include:

    • Provide timely and professional IT helpdesk support to VGSO staff
    • Identify and escalate incidents
    • Setting up new user accounts
    • Liaise with internal stakeholders regarding web assets and updating as required
    • Assist other IT team members to research and resolve IT problems

    About you

    The successful applicant will have 1-2 years' experience in an IT environment and demonstrated experience in an IT support role. This person will also be experienced in working with a Content Management System (CMS) and have the ability to use initiative to identify systems and processes requiring improvement.

    With excellent communication skills and a commitment to service excellence, the successful candidate will possess good problem solving skills and effectively contribute to a team environment. Tertiary studies/qualification in a related discipline is desirable.

    How To Apply:

    Online 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 Sunday, 3 September, 2017.


    • Shape and drive the VGSO's L&D framework strategy
    • Partner with stakeholders to deliver high quality L&D initiatives

    About us

    The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

    The 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. In all aspects of its operations, the VGSO aims to comply with its values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

    The VGSO has recently developed a three year strategic plan, VGSO 2020. Key objectives for the coming three years include:

    • To strengthen and grow our client relationships;
    • To develop and enhance the capability, health and wellbeing of our people;
    • Ensuring our financial sustainability; and
    • Diversifying our service offering to strengthen government legal expertise.

    About the role

    This is an exciting time to join the VGSO. The position is a key role to shape and drive the VGSO's Learning & Development (L&D) strategy in alignment with the VGSO's strategic objectives and capability requirements, including the design of a planned, structured and integrated approach to L&D across the VGSO. The position also partners with stakeholders to deliver high quality L&D efficiently and effectively across the office, in support of business objectives and building organisational capability.

    Key responsibilities of this role include:

    • Assist in developing an overarching strategic framework for L&D
    • Design the VGSO's Competency Framework for all classifications and job roles
    • In alignment with the Competency Framework, design the VGSO's core L&D Program Suite
    • Work with internal stakeholders with regard to Knowledge Management activities
    • L&D delivery activities, including training needs analysis, content design and facilitation
    • Oversee the administration of L&D activities (L&D budget, annual calendar, CPD log)

    About you

    The successful applicant will have solid experience in the design and delivery of L&D strategy and organisational wide competency mapping. With a passion for 'soft-skill' development, the individual will enjoy building organisations capability and have demonstrated experience in relationship and stakeholder management. The ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with people across all levels to ensure service excellence is essential.

    Completion of tertiary qualifications in Human Resources or a related field is highly regarded. Experience in a legal or professional services environment would be beneficial.

    How To Apply:

    Online 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 Sunday, 3 September, 2017.