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Senior Lawyer, Health & Safety Legal
  • $153,029.00 per annum + superannuation
  • Full time, fixed term until 02/10/2023 (parental leave)
  • Melbourne CBD location (hybrid work from home)

About the role

HSL sits within WorkSafe’s Legal & Governance Division and provides WorkSafe’s health and safety business units and other internal stakeholders with legal advice on a broad range of issues relating to compliance and enforcement. HSL also has the care and conduct of WorkSafe’s coronial and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Administrative Division) proceedings.

The Senior Lawyer is accountable for providing legal advice to the enterprise to support development of: health and safety compliance and enforcement operations; guidance, policy and legislation; and strategic projects. While the Senior Lawyer does not have any direct reports, the position is responsible for mentoring and supporting junior staff.

Key accountabilities

  • Provide timely expert oral and written advice on complex legal issues.
  • Manage the day to day conduct of litigation and inquiries, including applications for administrative review of inspector decisions, injunction applications, Coronial Inquests and Royal Commissions.
  • Provide strategic and practical legal advice about the formulation, development and implementation of guidelines, legislation, policies and projects relating to health and safety.
  • Identify and propose legislative, procedural or policy reform where required.
  • Supervise the work performed by junior staff in relation matters under the Senior Lawyer’s control.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. The incumbent must manage constructive relationships in sensitive and dynamic environments.
  • Treat victims and persons adversely affected by crime with courtesy, respect and dignity, including to timely information, assistance and support in accordance with the Victims’ Charter Act 2006.

The role will be expected to be flexible in supporting other projects within the HSL team and the Legal & Governance Division, depending on business priorities.  It may also involve being “on call” to provide support after hours and over weekends.

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role.

About you

You are a practicing lawyer with experience in criminal and/or regulatory law. Your communication and organisational skills are highly developed. You have experience in dealing with a wide range of stakeholders, and can be empathetic toward your stakeholders during robust and sometimes challenging conversations. You also possess the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated specialist knowledge in the field of occupational health and safety, administrative law and civil procedure.
  • Knowledge of the Inquiries Act 2014 (Vic), privacy law, criminal law, evidence and criminal procedure is desirable.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of litigious claims.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing legal advice in a compliance and enforcement context.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective member of a highly motivated, multidisciplinary team, to meet timelines and effectively manage varying and complex workloads.
  • Tertiary qualifications and admission to practice as an Australian lawyer with at least five years post admission experience.


Working with Us

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance. People who are seeking part-time or job share arrangements are encouraged to apply.

What’s next?

Applications close 11:00pm Friday the 19th of August, 2022. Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check (and/or Medical Assessment) as part of the recruitment process.

Candidate screening may take place prior to the advertisement closing, so get your application in.

For further enquiries please contact Bianca Stojanovski via email

About Us

At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we’re committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community. 

Our future

Our goals are to embed in every workplace a proactive, prevention-led approach to health and safety across the state, and to provide a personalised, tailored service for every Victorian who comes into contact with WorkSafe.

Like wearing a seatbelt or putting on sunscreen, “prevention-led” thinking will become automatic every time Victorians step into the workplace.

WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve.


Important Information

WorkSafe is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with WorkSafe’s obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OH&S Act).

Therefore, all WorkSafe employees are required to have an up to date COVID-19 vaccination status, which is currently defined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) as three vaccine doses, unless a valid medical exemption applies.

To meet our obligations under the OH&S Act, WorkSafe will request vaccination information or evidence of an exemption in the pre-employment stage.

Prior to commencement of employment with WorkSafe you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have an up to date vaccination status, or that a medical exemption applies.

Job Ref: BS000253
Submitted: 05-08-2022

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