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Solicitor I-III (General)

Organisation : NSW Government - Communities & Justice

Location : NSW Regional, Sydney

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Client Services, Other, Policy & Research

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : ($67,853 p.a. – $115,017 p.a.),

Application closing date : 29 Nov, 2020

About the role

  • 2 x Ongoing Full-Time roles
  • Conveniently located in Sydney CBD
  • Legal Officer Grade I-III, Salary ($67,853 p.a. – $115,017 p.a.), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

About the role


The Solicitor I-III (General) responsibilities include:

  • Provide high level legal services (advice, transactions and/or litigation) to NSW Trustee and Guardian and its clients in accordance with the law, policy, procedures and practice standards.
  • Undertake legal and administrative matters and oversee the co-ordination of outsourced legal services in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Conduct litigation before Courts and/or Tribunals as the Department’s representative. 
  • Interpret, analyse and prepare complex legal documents including legal records, correspondence, legislation, court orders, policies, reports, submissions, contracts, deeds and briefs to counsel.
  • Undertake research, manage and provide advice on matters arising in NSW Trustee and Guardian’s areas of operation to ensure effective service delivery.
  • Contribute to the development and review of legal standards and practices, policies, systems, procedures, manuals, precedents and processes; and development and delivery of training to ensure the delivery of high quality, effective and efficient professional services.
  • Contribute to the development and responses to legal reviews, law reform proposals and legal initiatives and programs, and respond to formal and informal requests for information, including court subpoenas and applications under relevant legislation.


Essential Requirements


  • Completion of a law degree from an accredited law school or completion of the Legal Practitioners Admission Board Diploma in law Course.
  • Admitted as legal practitioner in NSW and have a current NSW practising certificate.
  • Developed legal skills and experience which enable provision of advice and representation in appropriate legal matters in areas of law which affect NSW Trustee and Guardian’s areas of operation.


This is for two (2) ongoing roles in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.


A Recruitment Pool may be created to fill similar roles for both ongoing and temporary opportunities if and as they arise is valid for a period of up to 18 months.




  • Previous experience in any or all of the following areas of law would be desirable:
    • Family law
    • Personal Injury
    • Wills and Estates


This is an ongoing role in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.

Appointments are subject to reference checks. Some roles may also require the following checks/ clearances:

  • National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014
  • Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012


About you


To be successful in this role you will need to work with high-level litigation and dispute resolution skills, and be able to provide expert legal advice. You will need to work with a high level of independence and be proactive in developing work plans and priorities. You will also need to work collaboratively and provide support to staff. You should have a strong understanding of the structure and culture of government and the political and legal sensitivities of operating within the public sector.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : NSW Government - Communities & Justice

The departments of Family and Community Services and Justice already share a common purpose across many areas of their work, particularly when it comes to improving outcomes for children and young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people experiencing domestic and family violence, victims of sexual assault, juvenile offenders, people at high risk of reoffending, and people experiencing homelessness.


Working together for stronger communities means we can continue to deliver our services with a more unified and collaborative approach. This means a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes.


Supporting over 35,000 customers annually and administering in excess of $6bn in customer assets, NSW Trustee & Guardian (NSWTG) is a statutory agency within the Stronger Communities (formerly Justice) Cluster.  The agency supports the Chief Executive Officer of the NSWTG and the Public Guardian (PG), to protect and promote the rights, dignity, choices and wishes of the people of New South Wales. We do this by providing independent and impartial financial management, guardianship and trustee services that support our customers and help them manage their health, lifestyle and financial affairs and ensure their wishes are respected.


Our services help support and protect some of the most vulnerable members of the NSW community, and support people at vulnerable moments in their life.

How to apply

Position Description : Solicitor_I-III_(General)_(Jul19)

When applying you will need to:

  1. Answer all pre-screening questions on the online application form and answer the two targeted questions below (Max 1 Page, please provide your answers in a Word document as an attachment) – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability.
  • Targeted Question 1: When have you had to use written communication to persuade others? Give an example and the outcome.
  • Targeted Question 2: Select a problem that you faced in your workplace and describe the approach and information that you used to analyse the issues. How did this lead you to your recommendations?



  1. Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as specified in the role description.


Contact: Luke Williams, Principal Solicitor on 02 9240 0850 or

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact Kelly Hawkins via email


The Department of Justice is committed to building a workplace that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Department encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

Please quote in application: Solicitor I-III (General) via Pro Bono Australia.



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