Department of Health and Department of Human Services

Field of Law

Victorian Government; Government and Administrative, Child Protection and Litigation; Property and Assets, Health, Corporate

Stage of Career

Graduates

Contact Details

Address: 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000, Victoria, Australia
Phone: 1800 931 370
Visit the Department of Health and Department of Human Services
Contact person: Sonia Rivalland
Email: careers@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Description of Organisation

The Department of Health and Human Services works to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety for all Victorians so that they can lead a life they value.

We know that most people want to be connected to their communities, and experience a good life – their health, safety and wellbeing rely on being able to participate fully in the community and economy and access services. Our purpose is to help them to get there.

Our efforts are guided by our four strategic directions of person-centred services and care, local solutions, earlier and more connected support, and advancing quality, safety and innovation.

Number of legal and/or policy positions within organisation:  Approximately 90-100

Does your organisation have a human rights officer?

yes

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)

The Department does not currently have a graduate clerkship program but has recently initiated a junior lawyers program which is advertised publicly. Applicants are not required to have any post-admission experience but must be admitted to practice.

What are you looking for in a graduate?

Applicants should exhibit the department values of respect, integrity, collaboration and accountability. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to work flexibly in teams, be self-motivated and be able to undertake work in a variety of practice areas.

Qualifications/skills required

Admission to practice as a Solicitor in Victoria.

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Government and Administrative Law

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Previous experience in a legal environment will be viewed favourably. Volunteer work in community groups or organisations will be viewed favourably.

How many graduates do you take a year?

The department does not have a set number of positions for each year

How does one apply:

Positions will be advertised on https://careers.vic.gov.au/

Dates for application:

This will be advertised on the https://careers.vic.gov.au/

Do you require your applicants to be recent law graduates? If so, how recent?

No

Interview process:

Applicants will be required to submit a Cover letter and resume and those proceeding to interview will be asked approximately 5 or 6 questions in a face to face interview.

Do you have a minimum Grade Point Average standard for an applicant's academic record?

No

If there are any fails on a candidate’s academic record how will they affect the recruitment process?

Candidates are not required to submit their academic record

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Applicants should exhibit the department values of respect, integrity, collaboration and accountability. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to work flexibly in teams, be self-motivated and be able to undertake work in a variety of practice areas.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Previous experience in government will be viewed favourably.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

Approximately 10 positions across the branch

How many applications do you receive for these?

Depending on the position can range for 5-125 applicants

Where do you advertise your positions?

https://careers.vic.gov.au/

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