EL 2, General Counsel

Australian Public Service CommissionVisit Website

  • ACT

About you

Critical to your success will be your ability to work on highly sensitive matters with judgment and discretion. You will have exemplary personal and professional integrity.


You will have a demonstrated high level of judgement and analytical skills when dealing with sensitive matters and a proven track record in leveraging and building/maintaining strong relationships.


As a trusted advisor, you are respected for your highly developed problem solving and influencing skills, your leadership and your collaborative working style.


You are able to successfully manage multiple priorities across different practice areas and you anticipate and proactively respond to risk.


You will have knowledge, or ability to quickly obtain the knowledge necessary, to practice and deliver in all areas of government law. You will also have an understanding of government legal frameworks, including the Legal Services Directions 2017 and the APS Values and Code of Conduct.


About the role

The General Counsel is the head of legal at the Commission and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Commission’s legal risk, running an independent legal team supporting the Commission’s business.


The General Counsel provides high level strategic support and management, overseeing a number of essential functions including:

· In-house legal services for the Commission, the Merit Protection Commissioner, the Remuneration Tribunal and the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal:

  • statutory interpretation, legislation and legislative instrument development
  • employment law and workplace relations
  • commercial and procurement arrangements, including intellectual property and copyright matters
  • investigations and inquiries
  • Freedom of Information, privacy
  • litigation and dispute resolution
  • corporate and HR matters
  • legal training
  • procurement of external legal services.


The duties of the General Counsel may also include:


  • delivering outcomes through legal policy development and implementation
  • leading and managing a small team
  • managing delivering and monitoring projects
  • engage effectively and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, including senior executives, other APS agencies, and members of the legal profession.


The role reports to Assistant Commissioner, Integrity, Performance and Employment Policy and is a key leadership position in the Integrity, Performance and Employment Policy Group (the Group). The Group acts as a trusted advisor to the Commission, the APS and Government on employment and integrity matters, and provides legal services. The Group also supports the APS Commissioner in the exercise of his statutory functions under the Public Service Act 1999 and subordinate legislation.


Contact Officer: Amanda O’Rourke

Contact number: 0452 199 031

Applications close 16th May, 2021 Apply Online

EL 2, General Counsel

Australian Public Service Commission

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