Legal Counsel - Inquests and Inquiries | Burwood East

Legal Counsel - Inquests and Inquiries

Posted on 10-Aug-2022
Application Close Date: 15-Aug-2022
Burwood East
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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About ESTA

ESTA is the critical link between the Victorian community and the state's emergency services agencies, and it partners with the agencies to improve service delivery to the community. It provides Victoria's 24-hour emergency call-taking and dispatch services for police, fire, ambulance and VICSES and manages the provision of advanced, operational communications for police, ambulance, fire services and the SES.  ESTA's vision is to be a high-performing team trusted by the community and our partners to deliver the right emergency response. ESTA's central goal is to save lives and prevent harm through speed and accuracy in emergency operations.


About the role

The Legal Counsel – Inquests and Inquiries supports the General Counsel and Board Secretary and the wider ESTA legal team, whilst contributing to strategic decision making and legal risk management across the organisation.

In this role you will work with internal stakeholders at all levels within the organisation and provide expert legal advice on a broad range of complex legal issues, including statutory interpretation, public law and governance, dispute management, investigations by external bodies such as IGEM, VAGO, and the Ombudsman for example. This role is responsible for the oversight and management of Coronial Inquests and civil litigation.  You will work closely with ESTA's insurer (VMIA) and panel firms appointed to act on behalf of ESTA to ensure the efficient and appropriate management of all aspects of ESTA's response to the Coroner and any associated claims or investigations. 

This role operates within a complex stakeholder environment in the emergency management sector. The Legal Counsel – Inquests and Inquiries will identify and provide strategic legal advice to ensure ESTA responds appropriately to coronial and civil litigation and other external regulatory oversight processes.


About you

To be considered for this fantastic opportunity, you will have:

  • An unrestricted Australian practising certificate under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria) as an Australian lawyer.
  • Significant experience in providing high level and authoritative oral and written advice, which is clear and practical, on a range of complex legal matters involving coronial inquests, civil litigation and claims, Royal Commissions (or similar), statutory interpretation, public law and general litigation/dispute resolution.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in a multi-disciplinary team environment, with tight timeframes and manage a number of matters simultaneously.
  • Excellent written communication skills including experience in preparing high level briefs, reports, and legal documentation on complex legal issues using clear and concise language.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with senior management and staff at all levels, and support ESTA's relationships with key external stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders including government stakeholders (with a good understanding of the governmental and political system within which ESTA operates).

What we can offer you

  • A job that's challenging and exciting
  • A role that makes a vital contribution to the Victorian community through a high-performance workforce
  • Belong to a connected and highly supportive team
  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Flexible working arrangements to work around our business needs and your lifestyle

Important Information

The successful applicant must satisfy the National Police Records Check standard that includes fingerprinting.

In accordance with the Public Health Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer, ESTA must comply with employer obligations regarding mandatory COVID 19 vaccinations for authorised workers. If you are successful in gaining employment with ESTA you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination against COVID 19.


How to Apply

Applicants should prepare a statement outlining their expression of interest.   This statement should outline why you are interested in the role as well as addressing the selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Click the 'apply' button to be taken to ESTA's online application portal.   

Applications will close at midnight on Monday 15 August 2022.

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