Legal Officers - QLD Government

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Closing On: Thursday, 20th September 2018
Category: Government
Location: QLD
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Young Lawyer

Job Description:

Legal officers will provide high quality legal services on behalf of the Office of the Child and Family Official Solicitor to regional Child Safety Services staff within the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. 

Legal officers will provide an advice and consultancy role; representing the Director General in emergency applications under the Child Protection Act 1999; and be a briefing partner to the Director of Child Protection Litigation in child protection applications. You will promote a high standard of legal services in the best interests of children and young people to support high quality child protection services in Queensland. 

Legal officers will ensure that high quality legal and court services are delivered on behalf of the Queensland Government - including undertaking telephone advice out of hours in relation to urgent applications. They will also facilitate the provision of expert legal advice, support and representation on behalf of Child Safety Service Centres in emergency applications under the Child Protection Act 1999, including undertaking the role of applicant. 

Legal officers will facilitate the provision of expert legal advice and support in child protection applications and other related matters, including family law, adoptions and criminal law to the extent that they interface with the Child Protection Act 1999, including: 

  • Providing legal advice to Child Safety regional staff early during their interactions with children and their families
  • liaising and negotiating with the Child Safety Service Centres, regional staff and the Director of Child Protection Litigation
  • preparing, and assisting to prepare, material for court on behalf of departmental staff to support applications for child protection orders
  • briefing and providing ongoing communication with the Director of Child Protection Litigation in proceedings on applications for child protection orders
  • contributing to the Department's obligations to the Director of Child Protection Litigation in relation to the duty of disclosure obligations.
  • Coordinating and representing the Director-General's participation in child protection related legal matters in accordance with the relevant legislation, policies, programs and procedures.
  • Establishing and maintaining constructive and enduring relationships with key stakeholders to ensure a consistent, coordinated and effective approach to the provision of legal services to the Office.
  • Providing legal advice to departmental staff in relation to court matters, including preparation of evidence, quality assuring material, witness support, and the development and delivery of local training initiatives.

These positions will report to the Senior Legal Officers based within the Office of the Child and Family Official Solicitor. 

The nature of legal services delivery requires that close collaborative relationships to support the provision of robust and rigorous advice will also be established with regional departmental staff and key legal and court stakeholders. 

Mandatory requirements are: Admission or ability to gain immediate admission, as a Barrister-at-Law or Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland is a mandatory requirement for these positions. Possession of a C class driver's licence is a mandatory requirement for this role as there is a requirement to undertake travel.

Requirement to be on-call to address out of hours legal advice and support as required. 
Applications to remain current for 12 months.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License.​

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