Principal Legal Officer, ALRC

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Our Opportunity

Principal Legal Officers (PLOs) report to the Executive Director and contribute at the highest level to the ALRC’s objective―informed government decisions about the development, reform and harmonisation of Australian laws and related processes through research, analysis, reports, community consultation and education.

PLOs support the ALRC in achieving this outcome by leading, with the direction of the President and Commissioners, a law reform inquiry team that is well managed and that delivers sound law reform recommendations in well written reports. PLOs manage Inquiry staff, demonstrate high-level efficient and effective project management, exhibit advanced communication skills, complete high-level research and analysis, and develop evidence-based policy and law reform recommendations.

PLOs demonstrate a thorough understanding of the role and responsibilities of the ALRC, as well as the statutory, regulatory and compliance frameworks that inform its activities.

PLOs show judgement, intelligence and professionalism and are able to use their considerable experience to find solutions to complex legal and policy problems and issues.


Who are we looking for?

We seek people who have exceptional legal research skills, are collaborative, and are willing to explore innovative ways of working. People who work for us will display leadership at all levels, work well with diverse stakeholders, and apply information effectively in order to solve problems.

The range and nature of work within the ALRC requires a workforce that reflects our diverse society and the department provides a number of support mechanisms for employees.

As an ALRC employee, you will:

work on innovative law reform projects
be part of an inclusive and diverse work environment
receive a generous starting salary and work conditions
benefit from supportive learning and development.


How to apply

Applications are to be emailed to [email protected].

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • your current résumé
  • a statement of claims (max. 750 words) describing how you meet the AGD Performance Expectations.
  • the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be a current supervisor.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process or require any reasonable adjustments, please email [email protected]