In a partnership with Tarwirri, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria, the VGSO is offering Indigenous Law graduates at least one Traineeship position every two years. 

Please contact erutluC dna elpoeP OSGV on 03 9032 3025 for details of the next Indigenous Traineeship program. 

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 Branches: Government & Public Law, Commercial, Property & Technology, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Victoria Police, and Workplace Relations & Regulatory Compliance.
As the VGSO is an administrative office of the Department of Justice, the Indigenous Trainee Lawyer will have access to a range of support and networking opportunities offered by the department, including the Koori Staff Network. The Department of Justice has a large Koori Staff Network with over 100 Koories employed across the department.
The Koori Staff Network aims to retain Koori staff over the long term by promoting peer support and personal development, establishing networks with other Koories and ensuring staff have access to career development and training opportunities.

VGSO Traineeships

Why choose a Traineeship position at the VGSO?

Our Traineeship Program 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.

You will work with talented, highly motivated and enthusiastic colleagues, who will help to mentor and guide you.

Highlights of the Traineeship Program include:


Exposure to various facets of the legal system with rotations through four of the five VGSO Branches.


You will work on interesting, high-profile matters, with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility, as you not only represent your client, but the State.

Work/life balance

The VGSO values the importance of encouraging a flexible working environment.  We offer a range of options such as flexible working arrangements, part-time employment and generous leave provisions.

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 education

We encourage all of our legal practitioners to participate in learning and development activities that will 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;
  • hone research skills and become involved in major commercial agreements;
  • practical involvement with specialised areas of law; and
  • access to a range of expertise from our senior lawyers by participating in our Mentoring Program.

Trainee Lawyers also receive training through the College of Law and Leo Cussens to successfully complete the values, skills and some practice area components of the Supervised Workplace Traineeship.

2015 Indigenous Traineeship Recruitment and Selection

Applications open:

20 July 2015

Applications close:

11:59 pm, Sunday, 24 August 2015

Interviews to commence:

Monday, 14 September 2015

Offers made:

10:00 am, Monday, 28 September 2015

Traineeships commence:

8 March 2016

Short-listed candidates will attend an initial panel interview with People and Culture and senior lawyers. Some candidates will be invited back to meet one of the Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor's and the People and Culture Manager.

All dates in relation to the recruitment of Trainee Lawyers are subject to the LIV guidelines. VGSO adheres to the guidelines and will be making offers on Monday, 28 September 2015 at 10:00 am.

Who to contact

For further details about the Indigenous Traineeship Program, please contact:

VGSO People and Culture
tel + 61 3 9032 3025
Jeffrey Gray
Senior Project Officer
Koori employment team
tel + 61 3 8684 1751

This is a Designated Position in accordance with the Department of Justice Designated Positions Policy. An exemption has been sought from VCAT for filling of the position by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person only. Exemption Number (A293/2010)

What does our 2012 Indigenous Trainee Lawyer have to say?

Nerita Waight completed an Arts degree in 2006 at Melbourne University on a Melbourne Access Scholarship and started a Law degree in 2007.  When asked what completing a traineeship at the VGSO means to her, Nerita has said "Working in government law has rarely been embraced by Aboriginal people and the traineeship is helpful in that it presents a viable alternative to community legal service or corporate work.  When I started law I thought I would go in to the community legal sector at first but providing legal advice and assistance to the government sector provides me with the satisfaction of having contributed to something bigger than myself and in some sense protecting individuals’ rights by ensuring that government is aware of them".