General Counsel, Legal Services Division (Several)

August 3, 2022
Application ends: August 10, 2022
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Job Description

About us

Our agency is at the frontline of government service delivery, supporting millions of Australians. We’re making government services simple, so people can get on with their lives. Our goal is to make it easier to engage with the services Australians rely on.

To achieve this goal, we’re modernising the way we work to deliver a simple, helpful, respectful and transparent experience for customers.

We support the economic, health and social wellbeing of Australia by delivering high-quality services and payments to the community on behalf of government. Our agency’s responsibilities include Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services, as well as whole of government services such as myGov.

Job description

We have opportunities for experienced leaders to join our Legal Services Division. As General Counsel you will lead a team providing strategic legal advice and assistance to the Minister, the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive.

Services Australia has a large and dynamic Commonwealth legal practice managing one of the Commonwealth’s largest litigation practices, advising on cutting edge administrative law issues, emerging information law issues and a range of complex corporate and employment law issues. Areas that you may be involved with include:

•         Complex administrative law issues relating to social security, child support and health programmes.

•         Litigation, particularly social security, child support and health programme reviews before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), and related appeals from the AAT.

•         Privacy and information law, including:

o    assessing new agency projects, programmes, systems and initiatives which involve the management of personal information for compliance with privacy and secrecy obligations, including undertaking privacy impact assessments; and

o    managing the Freedom of Information function of the agency including external review by the FOI Commissioner and the AAT.

•         Employment law matters, including advice and advocacy on employment law, industrial relation and work health and safety.

•         Complex commercial and ICT acquisition and licensing.

•         Complex procurement, contracting intellectual property, and commercial and property matters.

Successful candidates will be outstanding leaders with excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgment. They‘ll have a strong customer and business focus and the ability to engender respect and trust.


  • Bachelor of Laws degree or equivalent
  • Admission as a legal practitioner in an Australian court
  • Eligibility to hold an unrestricted practising certificate

These roles may be filled on an ongoing or non-ongoing (fixed term) appointment.

A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing General Counsel vacancies should they become available within 18 months from the date advertised.

The position/s are located in Canberra.

Salary and benefits

  • The Senior Executive Band 1 level offers an attractive remuneration package, including 15.4% superannuation and salary packaging options.
  • Conditions that support your health, wellbeing and lifestyle.
  • Generous leave provisions, including accruable annual leave of 23 days per year with the capacity to purchase an additional 4 weeks annual leave per year after 12 months service.
  • Accruable personal leave including sick and carers leave at 18 days per year.


To apply you need to be an Australian citizen.

You’ll need to pass our pre-employment screening process, which includes a pre-employment check, and where relevant, a working with children and vulnerable people check.

You’ll also need or have the ability to acquire an Australian Government security clearance to the appropriate level for the position. This will be arranged for you, if you’re successful.


To obtain a candidate pack or submit an application, please follow the link at

For a confidential conversation regarding the role, please contact Jonathan Beaumont on (02) 6126 4500 quoting Ref No 5091.

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