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Senior Law Officer

NT - Department of the Attorney-General and Justice

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Job Posted: 05/12/2017

Job Category:

Legal / Litigation

Job description:

Department of Attorney-General

Agency Work Unit Legal Services – Litigation Division

and Justice

Job Title Senior Law Officer Designation Executive Contract Officer 1

Job Type Full Time Duration Fixed for up to 4 years

Salary $207,051 Location Darwin

Position Number 50550 RTF 131573 Closing 01/01/2018

Contact Craig Smyth, Director Litigation on 08 8935 7854 or

Agency Information

Information for Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and an attached detailed

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If you accept this position, a detailed summary of your merit (including work history, experience,

qualifications, skills, information from referees, etc.) will be provided to other applicants, to ensure

Selected Applicant’s

transparency and better understanding of the reasons for the decision. For further information: click here


Special Measures Not applicable to this vacancy.

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Primary Objective: Provide the Northern Territory Government, and particularly the Special Reference Unit (SRU)

within the Northern Territory Police Fire, and Emergency Services (NTPFES), with a range of high quality legal services.

Key Responsibilities

1. Provide high level legal advice and legal representation on major, complex or sensitive matters a senior and strategic

level to NTPFES and the SRU.

2. Maintain a high level of knowledge and expertise in the relevant areas of the law and of the relevant practices and

procedures, all legislation for which NTPFES-SRU is responsible, and such other legislation as may be reasonably

incidental to the role of the NTPFES and the SRU.

3. Assist in the preparation of urgent legal advice to the Chief Executive Officers/ Commissioner of Police and Ministerial

staff as required.

4. Represent the SFNT and NTPFES, liaise with clients and deal with people and issues in a professional manner and

undertake advocacy in range of courts and tribunals.

5. Accept responsibility for the content and presentation of all documents produced and report as required to the

Director Litigation and/or Chief Executive Officer/ Commissioner of Police on the progress of matters.

Selection Criteria


1. Admission to practice as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory or eligibility for such

admission (any person eligible for admission will be required to be admitted if appointed to this position).

2. Extensive and high level proven experience in relevant areas of the practice of law.

3. High level of interpersonal, written and oral communication including the ability to relate effectively to personnel at

all levels of NTPFES and with external stakeholders.

4. Very well developed research, conceptual and analytical skills.

5. Proven ability to provide succinct legal advice at short notice and more complex legal and police advice as and where


6. Demonstrated ability to manage the files, workload and staff of a legal team within a government setting and while

simultaneously managing a personal case load to meet client needs and deadlines.

7. Proven ability to manage and cope with the pressure of a significant workload with competing priorities and the ability

to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.


1. A sound knowledge of the Territory, its laws, the workings of government with particular emphasis on knowledge

of legislation and legal issues relevant to NTPFES.

2. Proven negotiation and mediation skills.

Further Information

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude

an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history.

Approved: November 2017 Craig Smyth

Director, Litigation Division