Senior Legal Officer, Commercial and MOU

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

The Role

  • Are you a highly experienced legal professional?
  • Are you an organised person who values planning to succeed?
  • Do you want to be a key contributor to Australia’s Defence Nuclear Powered Submarine capability?

If so, you might be the person we are looking for to be an EL1 Senior Legal Officer – Commercial and MOU within the Australian Nuclear Powered Submarine Regulatory Design (ANPSRD) team.

As the EL 1 Senior Legal Officer – Commercial and MOU, you will assist in the provision of high-level legal advice on major, complex and sensitive issues arising from the creation of the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Regulator (ANNPSR) which may include matters relating to commercial agreements, procurements and the drafting and negotiation of memorandums of understanding.

As an EL 1 Senior Legal Officer you will require an in-depth knowledge of and compliance with legislative frameworks, government decision-making and Defence’s mission and policy requirements. You will exercise a considerable degree of independence and perform a subject matter expert role and will exercise sound decision making and judgement to provide expert policy advice. You will engage in complex to very complex problem solving and issues management and may coordinate and perform detailed or sensitive projects that impact on strategic, political or operational outcomes for Defence.

The additional payment is a Building Defence Capability Payment (BDCP) which enables Defence to provide a premium, in addition to the rate of salary otherwise payable under the Enterprise Agreement (EA) to some or all of the jobs within a critical occupation(s) or discipline within a workplace. Applicants engaged into a BDCP position must consider the following. BDCPs provide remuneration in addition to the Defence Enterprise Agreement (EA).

This arrangement is subject to meeting eligibility criteria and is subject to annual review. Should your performance fall beyond requirements or the eligibility criteria not be met, your eligibility for the BDCP may be reviewed and ceased. It may also be ceased should you change positions or the requirement for the BDCP is no longer necessary, as determined by Defence. Should the BDCP be ceased you will be advised and your BDCP additional payment will cease.


About our Team

As part of the ANPSRD team, you will be working at the cutting edge of the regulation of Defence capability, supported by professionalisation pathways so you can continue to develop, along with unique and varied career opportunities.

The ANPSRD team are deeply committed to the success of the establishment of the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Regulator and are seeking people who share the same dedication. Your dedication, enthusiasm, and initiative, will enable you to contribute to the establishment of the Australian Naval Nuclear Power Safety Regulator, and meet some of the most passionate, intelligent and fascinating people from around the world.

Our people are capable, committed and diverse. We support an inclusive culture that emphasises respect and collaboration and prioritises safety and security. Our greatest asset is our people.

We offer flexible working arrangements and a range of formal and informal professional development opportunities.


Our Ideal Candidate

As an EL 1 Senior Legal Officer, you will be required to demonstrate a range of skills, however the specific competencies below are considered critical to success within the ANPSRD team.

  • Decide and initiate action – Decide, take responsibility, take calculated risks, take initiative, and generate activity.
  • Working with people – Understanding others, adapting to others, rewarding others, listening, consulting, supporting and caring.
  • Persuade and influence – Make an impact, gain agreement, negotiate, persuade, convince, promote ideas and manage conflict.
  • Apply expertise – Apply, develop and share specialist and detailed technical legal expertise.
  • Cope with pressures and setbacks – Cope with pressure, keep emotions under control, balance work and personal life, keep optimistic, and handle criticism.


Application Closing Date: Thursday 22 February 2024.

For further information please review the job information pack, reference AF/00909/24 on