Senior Executive Service vacancies

Opportunities for individuals with exceptional leadership skills.

Join an organisation that values and promotes diversity. As a Senior Executive, you will be responsible for providing high level advice, setting directions, and driving performance to achieve outcomes in a multi-disciplined, complex and challenging environment. If you want to lead in an organisation that delivers policy and provides Australians access to social, health and other payments and services, consider an opportunity with us.

General Counsel roles, FOI and Litigation

  • Senior Executive Service Band 1
  • Based in Canberra

The Department of Human Services (the department) delivers a range of health and welfare payments and services to millions of people across Australia. We help people through our digital service offerings, by phone and in service centres. We come into contact with almost every Australian at some time in their lives. This is reflected in our mission—‘connecting Australians to the services they need’.

The role

DHS has opportunities for individuals with exceptional leadership skills to join our senior management team in the Legal Services Division. The General Counsel roles have responsibility for various areas of legal practice including administrative law, commercial law, litigation, FOI and ICT.

You will have the ability to provide strategic and technically sound legal advice to the Secretary, the Executive and other senior officers in a range of areas of law and assist to assess risks in order for them to make sound decisions on complex matters.

You will be required to develop strong and effective relationships with your counterparts in the department and across the Australian Public Service. As a member of the senior executive, you will contribute to our overall strategic direction, by influencing policy deliberations, and optimising governance and performance. You will also be expected to display strong leadership and management skills in directing a team of professional officers.

You must be admitted as a legal practitioner of the High Court or Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory and have, or be eligible for, an unrestricted ACT Practising Certificate.

You should be able to demonstrate experience across a range of Government Law areas which may include Federal Court and Tribunal Litigation, Administrative Law, Statutory Interpretation, Employment Law, Corporate and Commercial Law and Privacy and Secrecy.

An order of merit may be established to fill other similar roles as they become available within the following 12 month period.


To be eligible for employment with us, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. Your suitability for employment will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process.

This process includes a requirement for you to undergo and satisfy a police history check and, where relevant, a working with children and vulnerable people check. You must also be willing and eligible to undergo and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to the appropriate level applicable to the position.

You should be aware that our employees may be required to undergo ongoing suitability assessments as part of their employment.


To obtain the Candidate Information Pack and for information on how to apply, please call Jonathan Beaumont at Gillian Beaumont Legal on 02 6126 4500 or email quoting job reference GBL3308.

Applications close midnight on Sunday 26 February 2017 and should be submitted directly to Gillian Beaumont Legal by email.

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