EL1 Senior Lawyer

March 6, 2024
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

About the role

The Senior Lawyer contributes to the delivery of a national in-house legal service focused on assisting the ACIC achieve our statutory objectives. The Senior Lawyer will support the Director deliver legal services within a multi-disciplinary environment and engages with key internal and external stakeholders on legal matters.

Key responsibilities:

·         Work collaboratively across the national legal services branch to deliver high quality, client focused legal services.

·         Provide legal advice on the exercise of the ACIC’s statutory functions under the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth) and within practice areas that may include criminal disclosure, litigation, administrative law or commercial law.

·         Establish and maintain professional relationships with operational and business clients to strategically identify and manage legal risk from the outset of new and complex activities

·         Contribute to and take carriage of litigation (including judicial and merits review) in State and Federal Courts and tribunals, working with external solicitors and counsel.

·         Contribute to and advise on law reform proposals, including identifying law reform opportunities.

·         Work closely with and instruct external legal service providers on a range of matters as required.

·         Supervising or mentoring junior lawyers and legal support staff.


Please note the current vacancies are in Canberra and Melbourne. A merit pool will be established to fill expected vacancies as they arise in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.

Our ideal candidate

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate the following experience, skills and attributes:

·         Ideally has 5 years’ post-admission experience with 3-5 years’ in a relevant area of law such as criminal/law enforcement, administrative (including FOI), litigation or commercial law (including procurement and contracting)

·         Is client focused and will strive to develop innovative solutions to manage legal risks across a broad range of areas

·         Is motivated, proactive and able to identify/mitigate legal risks

·         Has the ability to provide sound legal advice to a range of audiences and distil and communicate complex legal concepts for non-legal audiences

·         Has a strong commitment to upholding their professional legal obligations and encouraging a culture of compliance and sound governance.

Essential qualifications

·         Admitted, or eligible for admission, as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Australia or a Supreme Court of a State or Territory


·         Citizenship – To be eligible for employment with the ACIC, applicants must be an Australian citizen.

·         Security Clearance – The Australian community expects ACIC employees to maintain the highest levels of security and integrity. Successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a minimum Negative Vetting 1 security clearance.

·         Pre-Employment Screening – All candidates must satisfy an Organisational Suitability Assessment (OSA) prior to being offered employment at the ACIC.

·         Vaccination Status – To be eligible to work at the ACIC, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The ACIC is committed to diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and champion diversity to ensure we reflect the community we serve, and pride ourselves on our vibrant culture. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ+, neurodiverse, mature aged employees and carers.

More information about our conditions is available in the ACIC Enterprise Agreement 2016–2019 and Determination 2022/1 on our website.