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Senior Legal Officer Talent Pool (Aboriginal Targeted)

Full Time

Website Department of Planning Industry and Environment

This position is targeted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under Government Sector Employment Rule 26. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply   Opportunities to join the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment legal team as a Senior Legal Officer. Embedding Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge is a key priority of our Department.  

  • This is a talent pool recruitment to fill upcoming vacancies over the next 18 months within the department’s legal team
  • Based in Parramatta (flexible working offered) – we are also prepared to look at established work locations that are deemed suitable across NSW
  • Salary starts from $118,507 + superannuation

Benefits of joining the team include:  

  • Flex leave in addition to the 20 annual leave days;
  • Access to a Fitness Passport (;
  • Complex, rewarding and engaging work;
  • Supportive and inclusive work environment

As a Legal Officer or Senior Legal Officer within the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, you will be responsible for working collaboratively with a team of legal professionals to provide legal services. Broadly the legal services we provide includes transactional, advisory and litigation in a variety of areas including regulatory, environmental, administrative, planning, energy, native title, property, commercial, construction and natural resources law. For more information on our work, please click here.   For more information about the role, please click here for the role description for Senior Legal Officer positions.   About you   To be successful in this role you will be a highly motivated legal professional with:  

  • the ability to deliver quality legal solutions for clients
  • adept communication skills with the ability to write appropriately for different audiences
  • an analytical approach to problem solving; including the ability to identify key issues and think critically to find solutions
  • an aptitude for building relationships with stakeholder
  • strong research skills and a keen eye for detail
  • excellent time management and prioritisation skills
  • the ability to work collaboratively.

It is an essential requirement that at the time that the talent pool is activated you have been admitted or qualified for admission as a Solicitor or Barrister in the Supreme Court of NSW and hold, or be eligible to hold, a NSW Practicing Certificate.   About Us   At the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, we focus on some of the biggest issues facing our state. We deliver sustainable water resource and environment management, secure our energy supply, oversee our planning system, maximise community benefit from government land and property, and create the conditions for a prosperous state. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve. If you are interested in joining our innovative, change-embracing department, with a view to assist in creating a more prosperous NSW, we would love to hear from you.   Applying for the role   Apply by submitting a current resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) which outlines:  

  • Your interest in working in the department’s legal team and your relevant skills and experience referring to each of the capabilities for the role (see role description).
  • Why you would be successful in the role and how you think you would contribute to the team.
  • Confirmation that you are eligible to hold a NSW Practicing certificate (or the anticipated date that you will be eligible to hold a NSW Practicing Certificate).

You may also wish to access the following information to support your application:   Application Guide Applying for a role in the NSW public sector If you would like to hear more about these opportunities please contact Elizabeth Tsitsikronis, Principal Legal Officer, at [email protected] Sandy Ryan, Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development, at [email protected] .   Closing Date: Friday 21st May 2021 at 11:55pm   Our commitment to Diversity   The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.   Our commitment to flexible working   The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working – including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.   If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.

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