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Managing Principal Lawyer
  • Full time, Ongoing
  • Melbourne CBD location
  • Executive Remuneration Package

About the role

Sitting in the Health and Safety Business Unit, the Enforcement Group is primarily responsible for enforcing compliance with the laws administered by WorkSafe, including the recently enacted workplace manslaughter offence. Its functions include conducting investigations into and gathering evidence regarding alleged breaches of the law, commencing and conducting criminal and civil enforcement litigation, and providing support to victims and their families during the investigative and prosecutorial process. The Enforcement Group is separated into three main functions, namely: investigations; prosecutorial advice & litigation services; and family liaison.

The Managing Principal Lawyer is responsible for delivering the Enforcement Group's legal services through a number of legal teams, currently comprising lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff. Reporting to the Director of the Enforcement Group, the Managing Principal Lawyer is an integral part of the Enforcement Group's leadership team and works closely with the Director, the State Investigations Manager and the Business Manager to ensure that the Enforcement Group delivers on WorkSafe's strategic objectives. 

Key accountabilities include:

  • Lead, motivate and drive teams of lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff to accord with WorkSafe's compliance and enforcement strategy.
  • In accordance with Worksafe's polices and strategy, provide high level expertise and leadership in legislative, policy and statutory guidance to lawyers on behalf of WorkSafe.
  • Provide high level technical support and advice in complex cases regarding the application of relevant policy and legislation.
  • Provide high level technical and policy advice to the Executive Director of Health & Safety, the Director of the Enforcement Group and other internal stakeholders about the nature and scope of duties under the laws administered by WorkSafe.
  • Represent the Enforcement Group as the principal contact at internal and external forums, including steering committees and working groups regarding the development of legislation and policy.
  • Devise and implement a business plan for the Enforcement Group's legal team that aligns with Worksafe's strategies.
  • Drive the review of existing prosecution policies and procedures and, where appropriate, see through change to those policies and procedures.
  • Exercise financial delegation, manage a budget and review and control spending related to litigation.
  • Ensure effective and timely briefings to the Executive Director of Health & Safety and the Director of the Enforcement Group as required.
  • Respond to feedback from external parties regarding prosecutorial decision-making and the outcome of criminal litigation.
  • Ensure overall team performance is tracked against agreed measures, and attend to staff development by mentoring staff and with the People & Culture team to identify opportunities for career development and personal growth.
  • Deliver on the Enforcement Group's performance commitments, and drive initiatives aimed at improving the consistency of all aspects of enforcement litigation practice.

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role.
About you
You are an experienced leader with a high level of integrity and strong interpersonal skills. You have the proven capability to meet strict deadlines, and you achieve results by building the capability and responsiveness of your team while also marshalling expertise and implementing change. Ideally, you have a working knowledge of Victoria's workplace health and safety legislation and/or worker's compensation scheme.

More specifically you will have:

Essential - The following skills and experience are required for this role:


  • Demonstrated experience in managing a team or teams of lawyers specialising in criminal and/or regulatory litigation.
  • A demonstrated ability to shape strategic thinking by developing a vision and strategic direction that aligns with and complements broader organisational strategy.
  • A proven capacity to communicate with influence, including the ability to manage key stakeholder relationships with clear and audience-appropriate language, and to negotiate persuasively.
  • The ability to achieve results by building capability and responsiveness within a team, marshalling expertise, and implementing change.


Desirable - The following skills and experience will be highly regarded, but are not prerequisites for the role:


  • Experience in the conduct or management of criminal or regulatory investigations.
  • Experience in the conduct of civil litigation.
  • At least 8 years' post-qualification experience as an Australian legal practitioner.




  • The successful applicant must be an Australian lawyer within the meaning of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Vic) and hold, or be eligible to hold upon commencement, an unrestricted government practising certificate in Victoria.
  • The successful applicant must hold a current Victorian drivers licence.


Working with Us
We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance.
WorkSafe employees enjoy: Discounted Gym & Pool Memberships | WELL Rated Building | Group Training & Yoga Classes | Very active Social Club | Pool & Table Tennis | Sparkling Water | Discounted Prescription Eyewear | Career Opportunities and Working for your Community!

What's next?
Applications close 11pm Tuesday 22nd September.  Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.
Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check (and Medical Asessment) as part of the recruitment process.
Candidate screening may take place prior to the advertisement closing, so get your application in.
For further enquiries please contact Ilona Russell at
About Us
At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we're committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community.
Our future 
WorkSafe 2030 will ensure that WorkSafe Victoria remains at the forefront of workplace health and safety, and meets the community's high expectations in relation to managing the workers' compensation scheme at a time of rapid workplace change. WorkSafe 2030's prevention-led approach will save lives and reduce injuries. It will deliver affordable premiums and lower administration costs for employers, freeing up their time and resources.
WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve. 


Job Ref: IR000080
Submitted: 08-09-2020

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