Legal Officer



Duties Defence Legal is a national legal practice that provides legal advice and other legal support services to Defence. We draw upon the professional talent of our people to pursue excellence in support of Defence operations, command, management and administration. The Directorate of International Government Agreements and Arrangements (DIGAA) in Defence Legal has a specific exemption under the Legal Services Directions in relation to Defence's engagement with international agreements and arrangements.

DIGAA is responsible for the coordination, drafting and negotiation of international agreements (treaties) and arrangements sponsored by Defence. As the out posted lawyer to International Policy Division, this position provides critical legal advice to First Assistant Secretary International Policy and the International Policy Division. The role of the position is to: draft, review and negotiate proposed international agreements and arrangements sponsored by Defence and under the policy remit of International Policy Division; participate in negotiations; provide interpretations and legal advice on international agreements and arrangements sponsored by Defence; provide legal input into Ministerial, CDF and Secretary correspondence; and ensure compliance within Defence with the Attorney-General's Legal Services Directions, the Australian Government's treaty process and Defence Instructions in respect of international agreements and arrangements.

This Position is critical to facilitating and enabling operational activities and international engagement of the ADF and Defence with foreign forces, other countries and international organisations by ensuring that such engagement is conducted on a sound legal basis, within necessary timeframes and in compliance with the Legal Services Directions through appropriate international agreements and arrangements. To be successful in this role you will need: • Extensive experience in the negotiation, review and drafting of international government agreements and arrangements; • Strong relationship management, client engagement and team building skills; • Communication skills of the highest order and strong experience in participation in multi-lateral international forums, discussions and negotiations. Eligibility • Hold a relevant degree in law (or equivalent qualification); • Hold a graduate diploma in legal practice (or equivalent); • Be admitted as a lawyer, legal practitioner, barrister, solicitor or barrister and solicitor of the High Court or Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory' and • Be eligible to hold and maintain a practising certificate in the jurisdiction in which they practice.

Prior to commencement, successful applicants will be required to undergo a psychological assessment and an extensive security clearance process. As a Positive Vetting clearance is required, applicants must be Australian Citizens; be able to account for their personal bac.

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$135,430 - $142,088


13 Nov 2019


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