Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Department of State Development, Business and Innovation

Field of Law

Victorian Government

Stage of Career

Secondary; Graduates; Practising lawyers

Contact Details

Address: 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 3000. Victoria
Phone: (03) 9651 9999
Visit the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation website
Contact person: Wendy Jones

Contact person for Indigenous applicants:

Katrina Gibson
Project Coodinator, Human Resources
Phone: (03) 9651 9885

Description of Organisation

The Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) supports the Victorian Government's pro-business policies and programs and the development of innovative industries. The Department has been refocused to implement the Victorian Government's policy agenda.

Number of legal positions within organisation:  4-5

Information for secondary schools

Do you have work experience placements for secondary school students?

From time to time.

Contact person for work experience placements:

Nora Dixon

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate clerkship program?

The Department of State Development, Business and Innovation recruits its graduates through the Victorian Public Service GRADS program

What are you looking for in a graduate?

The ability to work well with others, good judgement and decision making skills, research and writing skills, ability to show initiative

How many law graduates do you employ outside your graduate program, and what sort of roles do they fill?

Some policy roles and business development roles. Numbers vary from years to year.

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


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

 If one has completed one's degree, then there is no disadvantage

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Business/commerce units are a plus but not mandatory. All tertiary qualifications are well regarded

On average, how many positions become available per year?

Varies between 20-100 per year (all jobs not just legal positions)

How many applications do you receive for these?

 20 + each for each position

Information for practising lawyers

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Public service roles are viewed favourably

Where do you advertise your positions?

The Careers page of the Victorian Government website, newspapers;

Do you use a recruitment agency?

Only for senior roles

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