REQ124973 Requisition #

Role Title: Legal Officer

Employment Type: Ongoing - Full Time 
Role Classification: Legal Officer Grade I-III
Remuneration:  $67,853 - $115,017 pa plus 
superannuation and annual leave loading
Hours per Week: 35

Location: Gladesville
Requisition ID: REQ124973

Closing Date: 11:59pm,  22 September, 2019

About this role:
An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic and proactive Legal Officer. The ideal candidate will display resilience and courage, communicate effectively, deliver results as well as understand and comply with legal, policy and organisational guidelines and procedures.

The Legal Officer is responsible for providing legal advice and representation in matters arising under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW).


Where you'll be working:

The Health Professional Councils Authority (HPCA) is an executive agency of the NSW Ministry of Health.  We play an important role in protecting the health and safety of the public by supporting the 15 NSW Health Professional Councils in managing complaints about NSW health practitioners.

This position is based at the Medical Council of NSW, which is located within the Gladesville Hospital campus.   There is free parking and easy access to local amenities.

What you'll be doing:
In this role you will be responsible for providing professional legal services and advice including the conduct of legal proceedings in courts and tribunals in relation to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) and related legislation.

Acting under professional supervision the successful candidate will:

  • Represent or act on behalf of HPCA / Councils in contested matters; including conducting litigation in a cost effective manner, appearance work, as well as briefing Counsel and instructing in more complex matters.
  • Provide high quality advice to Councils, committees, regulatory panels and HPCA staff on any aspect of the law but particularly administrative law.
  • Draft and present accurate, clear and concise documents and advice within required timeframes to enable effective responses to changing and challenging issues; and where required instruct and liaise with external lawyers in complex matters including provision of well-reasoned advice on prospects of success and recommendations for settlement.
  • Negotiate, prepare and settle contracts and memoranda of understanding between HPCA and Councils, as well as their service providers or partners.
  • Support the development of legal capability across the organisation including knowledge of the law and regulation that governs Council operations; including participation in education and professional development for staff, Council and hearing members, as well as presentations to external stakeholders. 
  • Identify, develop (or contribute to), and implement a range of strategies, policies, processes and documentation to ensure consistency with Council, government and legislative requirements and continuous improvement in the management of legal services.

Need more information?

  1. Click here for the Role Description
  2. Find out more about applying for this position
  3. All applicants must attach a response to the two targeted questions (1-2 pages) and your CV (no more than 5 pages)
  4. A Recruitment pool may be created for future vacancies
  5. Please note you cannot apply for this role using iworkfornsw, please click here to access the advert through the Health Career Portal

For any role related questions, please contact Mr Jonathan Giles, Senior Legal Officer, for more information: jonathan.giles@mcnsw.org.au

If you require any reasonable adjustments, please contact Hana Maalla at Hana.Maalla@health.nsw.gov.au  

Target Questions

All applicants must attach a response to the two targeted questions (1-2 pages) and your CV (no more than 5 pages)

  1. Outline your skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the giving of legal advice or representing clients in legal proceedings.
  2. What do you consider to be the main challenges of balancing a busy legal practice, which include both advice work and litigation?
Our Commitment to Diversity

The Ministry of Health values diversity and is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


To be eligible for employment in these roles you must be one of the following:
•  an Australian Citizen, or
•  a permanent resident of Australia, or
•  a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or
•  a citizen of another country with an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia

You can only be offered employment in this role for the duration that your current visa allows you to work in Australia, and you can only be offered ongoing employment if you have a permanent visa that allows you to work in Australia.


Applications Close: Sunday, 22 September, 2019

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