General Counsel of Cairns Airport

Job Description

Fantastic GC vacancy assisting the airport achieve its strategic goals, including significant projects. Career making role. Lifestyle location.

  • Working in beautiful Far North Queensland
  • Step up and play a pivotal role as General Counsel
  • Dynamic role where no two days are the same

About Us

North Queensland Airport Group (NQA) is responsible for the management and operation of Cairns and Mackay Airports and together we welcome around 5 million passengers a year. Cairns Airport is one of Australia’s leading regional airports, providing air links to a range of domestic and international locations and is the gateway to Tropical North Queensland – home of two World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Our General Counsel Role

Reporting to the CEO, the General Counsel will work across a range of areas, including legal advisory and projects, company secretarial, compliance and risk.

As well as providing corporate and commercial advice, transactions and projects and working closely with the management team, this role will allow you to use your non-legal skills and help Cairns Airport achieve its strategic objectives. You will also provide effective advice on and manage company secretarial and regulatory issues.

A senior role, you will provide leadership and guidance to a small team of internal or seconded staff, assist executives enthusiastically with legal advice, and manage relationships with external law firms.

The General Counsel We Seek

To be considered for the role you will have around 10 or more years of quality training and experience gained in either a leading law firm or in-house and an interest in aviation/airports or projects. You will have a background in either commercial, property, construction/infrastructure and enjoy working in a hands-on role, contributing as part of a team, and providing pragmatic and commercial advice.

In addition to the above, you will understand the role requires not just technical skills but the willingness to contribute to leadership, tone, and culture. You will be capable of dealing with senior managers, be flexible in adapting to change, focused on customer service, and looking to make a long-term commitment to the business and team.

This role will suit a senior lawyer who thinks commercially and isn’t afraid to provide a number of options to our help our business meet its needs. 


This is a rare and exciting opportunity to take on a leading role in a business with a bright future while working in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It will offer an attractive salary plus STI’s, a full suite of supportive HR benefits, and the chance to move to Cairns or work partly remotely. 
To Apply

The successful candidate can either be based in Cairns or work remotely with the willingness to commute regularly. 

To be considered for this position and to obtain a Position Description and/or discuss the role in confidence, email your cv to [email protected] or call Jas on 0401 748 651. 


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