APS Level 6
Asbestos Legal, SRC Legal & OHS Legal Teams
General Counsel Group
Ongoing & Non-ongoing Vacancies – Full-time
$71,723 to $84,605 plus 15.4% superannuation
Cathy Stokes, Director Legal Practice Management on 02 6276 0937
Sunday 27 March 2011 at 11.00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
How to apply
1. In one combined word document include
a. your completed Application Cover Sheet (the last page of this
b. your responses addressing the selection criteria; and
c. your resume outlining your work history, relevant qualifications
2. Apply online - When applying you will be asked to upload your
combined application and enter your personal details.
Overview of the group
The General Counsel Group provides legal services to Comcare to ensure the delivery of
strategic outcomes. The Group is lead by the General Counsel, who is a member of
Comcare’s Executive Team. The General Counsel manages the following teams including a
Panel of external legal service.
Asbestos Legal is responsible for providing legal advice to Comcare to assist in the
management of Comcare’s common law asbestos-related disease liabilities. This includes
managing asbestos disease claims and litigation by persons who suffer from an asbestos
related disease, advising Comcare on relevant legal issues and associated legal policy work.
It also includes legal work associated with pursuing contributions from third parties where
possible. The proceedings are normally conducted in the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New
South Wales and Supreme and District Courts of the States and Territories.
Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legal (SRC Legal) provides legal services in
respect of Comcare’s workers compensation claim functions. The team manages the
program responding to applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal under the
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 and to the Federal and High Courts as well as
providing legal advice to Comcare claims management staff regarding decision-making
under the legislation administered by Comcare. In addition, staff in this team develop
alternative methods to dispute management and ensure effective liaison within Comcare, as
well as with members of Comcare’s Legal Panel.
SRC Legal is comprised of two teams in Comcare’s Canberra office and one team in the
Administrative & Corporate Law provides in-house advice to Comcare on a range of
administrative and corporate law issues, including:
self insurance licences, prudential arrangements relating to self insurance licences
and dealings between Comcare and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation
the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988, particularly in relation to
operational policy and procedures, Jurisdictional Policy, legislative instruments and
scheme coverage. The Team also provide advice and assistance to the Seacare
Authority in accordance with this legislation; and
corporate governance, workplace relations matters, procurement and contracts and
general commercial matters.
Administrative & Corporate Law also manages all of Comcare: FOI applications, privacy
complaints, subpoenas and notices for non-party production, the drafting and storage of
delegations and drafting, settling and/or registering (as required) legislative instruments for
Groups across Comcare.
Administrative & Corporate Law is responsible for:
pursuing actions against negligent third parties under section 50 of the Safety,
Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988;
defending actions for non-economic loss under section 45 of that Act (claims against
the Commonwealth); and
general debt recovery matters and legal advice in relation to these matters and
recovery under section 48 of that Act.”
The OHS Legal Team provides a dedicated legal service to Comcare in its administration
of the federal occupational health and safety scheme for Australian Government employees
and self-insured licensees under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991. OHS Legal is
responsible for providing legal advice to regional teams of investigators based in Victoria,
New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. OHS Legal supports
Comcare’s Executive in strategically managing significant investigations and litigation under
the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Section also supports a working group
dedicated to the implementation of model work health and safety laws.
Legal Policy is responsible for contributing to and strengthening Comcare’s strategic legal
policy, assisting Comcare to manage and respond to scheme significant matters and
emerging scheme priorities.
Legal Practice Management is responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of
support services in the delivery of legal services to Comcare. This includes legal service
provider management, legal services contract management, delivery of best practice,
governance, reporting and analytics, and the management of programs and projects.
Overview of the role
As a Legal Adviser in the General Counsel Group you will be required to assist the Assistant
Director/Senior Legal Adviser to provide high quality legal advice and resolution strategies
in relation to either Asbestos Related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act
2005, Safety, Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 1988, Occupational Health & Safety Act
1991 in a timely and sensitive manner and in accordance with policy.
You will assist in the management of an external panel of legal advisers, including quality
assurance and cost control.
You will also have an opportunity to participate in working groups across all areas of the
General Counsel Group to assist the group achieve strategic goals in line with Comcare’s
2015 Strategic Plan. You will also have an opportunity to be involved with interesting work
in an open plan environment.
Admission as a barrister or a solicitor of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory.
Possess a restricted practising certificate in the relevant State.
Three years post-admission experience.
Experience in the management of applications for review under the SRC Act, similar
review work in the AAT, or common law personal injury claims, including having day
to day carriage of files.
Advocacy experience (preferred not essential).
Experience in occupational health and safety law, litigation and/or criminal
prosecutions will be highly regarded.
1. Personally deliver quality, timely and cost-effective legal services to a range of
internal stakeholders to support the functions of Comcare.
2. Assist in drafting reports or briefs on legal or legal policy issues for the Minister and
members of Comcare’s Executive.
3. Assist in the management of litigation in relation to Comcare’s organisational and
operational goals including; preparing, reviewing and managing cases, briefing and
instructing Comcare’s external legal service providers and counsel and advising on
the institution of Court/Tribunal proceedings and settlements.
4. Identify emerging issues or problems and exercises sound judgement to develop
robust solutions and recommendations.
5. Contribute to the formulation and achievement of team, business and corporate
6. Monitors performance of a specified work area and establishes priorities and plans
for work completion.
7. Supervising, guiding and/or training other staff as required.
8. Actively develop and maintain working relationships across the organisation and
with employers and other stakeholders that are effective, collaborative and
9. Commit to, promote and model the APS Values and APS Code of Conduct.
10. Participate in corporate learning and development activities.
11. Represent the organisation to client agencies and other external forums.
How to apply
Your statement of claims against the selection criteria is your opportunity to demonstrate
your competency and is the most important factor in determining whether your application
will be short-listed. Your claims against each criterion should be no longer than a page.
It is recommended that you address each selection criterion and provide evidence of your
suitability. Give examples from your current or past role(s) which demonstrate how you
meet the criterion. The STAR approach is one way of presenting information against
selection criteria. For each criteria think about the following and use these points to form
Situation: Set the context by describing the circumstance whether you used the skills or
qualities and gained the experience.
Task: What was your role?
Approach: What did you do and how did you do it?
Result: What did you achieve?
What was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?
For more information on how to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service please go
The Selection Process
Comcare uses a competitive merit process. Processes are likely to take approximately eight
weeks for short listing, skill testing, work sample testing, interviewing, reference checking
and offers to be made.
Eligibility and specific conditions of employment
1. Australian citizenship
2. Security Clearance (Secret) or ability to obtain
3. Character clearance (police records check)
4. Health assessment
5. Six months probationary period
6. Interstate travel
7. Admission as a barrister or a solicitor of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory.
8. Possess a restricted practising certificate in a relevant State.
9. Three years post-admission experience.
For information on conditions of employment, please refer to our website
The following selection criteria are based on Integrated Leadership System
1. Legal Services Delivery
Admission as a barrister or a solicitor of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory
and possession of a restricted Practising Certificate in a relevant State.
Three years post-admission experience.
Demonstrated legal analysis skills.
Provide an example of your experience in providing a client focussed approach to
legal services delivery.
2. Shapes Strategic Thinking
Provide an example of how you have supported and contributed to the formulation
and achievement of a team and/or business corporate goals.
Describe your understanding of Comcare’s core business and objectives.
3. Achieves results
Describe a record of achieving results as a legal adviser, including the ability to
manage multiple competing priorities within tight timeframes, whilst displaying
sound judgement and decision making skills.
Provide an example of your ability to steer and implement change and deal with
4. Cultivates productive working relationships
Describe your ability to develop and maintain internal and external productive
relationships, partnerships and networks.
Provide an example that illustrates your ability to work effectively in a team
5. Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
Describe your record of consistently delivering sustained effort and hard work to
Outline your commitment to and ability to model the behaviours required by the
APS Values, APS Code of Conduct.
Describe how you demonstrate self awareness and a commitment to continuing
personal learning and development.
6. Communicates with influence
Provide examples of your ability to communicate verbally and in writing at a high
Provide an example of your ability to negotiate effectively with a range of internal
and external stakeholders.
Describe the qualities that would enable you to represent Comcare with credibility
What we offer
Comcare offers employees attractive employment conditions, including:
For further information http://www.comcare.gov.au/careers/what_we_offer
APPLICATION COVER SHEET
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Legal Adviser (APS6) - General Counsel Group – Canberra/Sydney/Melbourne
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