Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Parliament of Victoria

Field of Law

Victorian government

Stage of Career

Secondary; Graduates; Practising lawyers

Contact Details

Address: Parliament House, Spring Street, East Melbourne Victoria 3002
Phone: 8682 2613 or 9651 8911
Visit the Parliament of Victoria website
Email: info@parliament.vic.gov.au or recruitment@parliament.vic.gov.au

Description of Organisation

The work of Parliament is supported by three departments.

Department of the Legislative Assembly, headed by the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, provides administrative and research support for the Lower House.

Department of the Legislative Council, headed by the Clerk of the Legislative Council, provides equivalent support for the Upper House.

The Department of Parliamentary Services headed by the Secretary of Department of Parliamentary Services, provides specialist services to all Members of Parliament, Electorate Officers, the two House Departments, Parliamentary Officers, and members of the public.

457 employees, excluding Members of Parliament.

Number of legal positions within organisation:  None, but a law degree is regarded favourably for research or senior positions in the Law Reform Committee

Does your organisation have a human rights officer?

We have Equal Opportunity Contact Officers.

Information for secondary schools

Do you have work experience placements for secondary school students?

Yes

Contact person for work experience placements: Helen Dorian

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

Yes

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: Paul Groenewegen

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate program?

We do not run graduate specific recruitment campaigns. We shortlist our candidates based on their claims against a vacancy's key selection criteria, relevant experience etc.

Interview process

Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to participate in a panel interview process. A panel will generally be comprised of at least three people and the interview will take between 45 minutes and an hour. All applicants will be asked a series of questions that will draw out the candidates capacity to undertake the duties of the position and meet the key selection criteria. If your application reaches preferred candidate status, a member of the selection panel will also conduct referee checks.

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Parliament of Victoria looks for staff who can work within our values as set out within the Parliamentary Administration Act 2005 and standards of required behaviour as outlined in the Code of Conduct for Victorian Parliamentary Officers 2009  (pdf, 316.01 Kb) . These values are:

  • Responsiveness
  • Integrity
  • Impartiality
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Leadership.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Experience and skills that match our key selection criteria listed in the position description

On average, how many positions become available per year?

60

How many applications do you receive for these?

3000

Where do you advertise your positions?

Seek, The Age, Careers with the Victorian Government, industry jobs boards

Do you use a recruitment agency?

As the need arises

Advice for applicants

All recruitment and selection processes will maintain the principle of competition on merit and ensure the application of fair, reasonable and consistent standards of selection, based on key selection criteria. The process of shortlisting applicants for interview will be undertaken after the closing date for the receipt of applications. This involves assessing your written application (resume (CV) and your responses to the key selection criteria as outlined in the position description. Those candidates that are assessed as best meeting the key selection criteria will be invited to attend a formal panel interview.

Additional comments

Current vacancies advertised through the Victorian Parliament website

Application for advertised positions can be made by registered applicants. All applications must include:

  • Cover Letter;
  • Statement addressing key selection criteria;
  • A current resume; and
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees.

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