Deputy Director

May 1, 2024
$250266 - $277398 / year
Application ends: May 26, 2024
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Job Description

About the role:

As a key member of the CDPP’s leadership team, you will be responsible for leading and managing all aspects of a national practice group, including leading people, managing performance and contributing to the strategic leadership and management of our organisation.

In undertaking the demanding and intellectually challenging work of the role, you will apply your extensive knowledge and experience in the application of criminal law and procedures, sound legal judgement and strong leadership in order to:

  • Focus strategically on the CDPP’s core activities and role within the government context, driving outcomes and championing broader priorities both within and outside the organisation.
  • Identify, establish and nurture relationships with key strategic stakeholders outside the CDPP.
  • Consult broadly, drawing information from many external and internal sources and points of view to determine emerging threats, risks and opportunities to formulate and give impartial and forthright advice and to make difficult decisions.
  • Apply lateral thinking, strong decision-making skills, and decisive action to best position the CDPP to anticipate and address risks, maximise opportunities and drive positive change and innovation.
  • Set the strategic direction for a practice group, communicating objectives and expectations to create a shared sense of purpose and engender a commitment to achieving results.
  • Lead and mentor lawyers and staff, providing guidance and assistance with questions of criminal law and practice, including advocacy.




  • Eligible for admission, or admitted as a barrister or solicitor of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory
  • The ability to obtain and maintain an AGSVA Negative Vetting 2 (NV2) clearance
  • Australian citizenship
  • Extensive criminal prosecution experience


  • Practising Certificate
  • Member of relevant Bar or Legal Association


Why you should apply:

At the CDPP, we work consistently and professionally to deliver Australia’s independent federal prosecution service – a service that is responsive to the priorities of our law enforcement and regulatory partners and effectively contributes to the safety of the Australian community and the maintenance of the rule of law.

We are committed to a workplace that reflects the community we serve. We recognise how drawing on different experiences and opinions drives innovation, new ideas and a more collaborative workplace.

One of the key priorities for the CDPP is digital transformation to modernise the way our business operates now and into the future. As part of this, we are supporting our workforce to be more agile, flexible and digitally capable, facilitated by modern technologies.

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