Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Applying for work in the Victorian Public Service

Paul Bradshaw
Principal Adviser
Attraction & Recruitment, State Services Authority


  • Tailor your application to the program or department you are applying for- generic applications will be screened out. Answer the key selection criteria and offer examples of how you meet them.
  • To be successful applicants must agree to a police check. Candour is well-regarded and applicants should be advised that minor convictions will not significantly affect their chances.
  • Much Government recruitment is done internally, so one way to start a legal career in government is to find an entry-level generalist position such as policy officer, corporate services or contract management and then apply for legal positions when they become available.
  • Candidates wishing to pursue a legal career in Government are advised not to apply for specialist entry-level positions unless they are sure they want to work in that specialty long-term - it may be hard to break out of. Generalist positions like those described above are preferable.
  • Doing temp work for government is a good way to make contacts, experience the culture of different departments and get a foot in the door. Temp agencies may change every few years. At the time of writing, temp agencies are Hoban Recruitment and Randstad
  • Applicants of any career level are encouraged to read the Australian Policy Handbook, available from Allen & Unwin and most university libraries. 

More advice and tips on how to apply are available on the PickVic and websites:


The Victorian Government Careers Website


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