First listed on: 10 May 2020

     Principal Policy Officer, DPO VI - Legal Services      Council

  • Legal Services Council
  • Ongoing role at 35 hours per week
  • Location: Sydney City
  • Departmental Professional Officer, Clerk Grade VI, Base Salary ($132,078 – $134,667), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

About us

The Legal Services Council (Council) is an intergovernmental statutory corporation created by the Legal Profession Uniform Law and is hosted by the Department of Communities and Justice. The Council sets the policy which underpins the Legal Profession Uniform Law, ensuring it is applied consistently across participating States. The Council monitors the implementation of the Legal Profession Uniform Law, Rules and Regulations; develops Uniform General Rules; and issues guidelines and directions to local regulatory authorities about the exercise of their functions.

The Council seeks to promote the administration of justice and an efficient and effective Australian legal profession by:

  • Providing and promoting consistency between States and Territories in the law applying to the Australian legal profession
  • Ensuring legal practitioners are competent and maintain high ethical and professional standards
  • Enhancing the protection of clients and the public
  • Empowering clients to make informed choices about their legal options
  • Efficient, effective, targeted and proportionate regulation, and
  • A co-regulatory framework with appropriate independence for the legal profession.

The Council's work is overseen by a Standing Committee which comprises the Attorneys General of jurisdictions participating in the scheme, currently Victoria and NSW, and for specific functions, Western Australia.

The LSC’s Secretariat supports the Council and the Commissioner for Uniform Legal Services Regulation, (Commissioner). Secretariat staff are employees of the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).

DCJ shares a common purpose across many areas of work, particularly when it comes to improving outcomes for children and young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people experiencing domestic and family violence, victims of sexual assault, juvenile offenders, people at high risk of reoffending, and people experiencing homelessness.

Essential Requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in law

Appointments are subject to reference checks. Some roles may also require the following checks/ clearances: 

  • National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014
  • Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012

About the role

This position assists the Senior Principal Policy Officer in the development, delivery and implementation of a portfolio of Uniform Law policy initiatives and reforms that support the Council and the Commissioner. This role also will liaise with stakeholders as part of a Secretariat team. For detailed information on the key accountabilities and capability framework, please click here to download the role description.

Applying for the role

To apply for this role you need to submit an application online via

When applying you will need to:

Answer all pre-screening questions on the online application form and answer the two pre-screening questions below – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability.

  • What diverse approaches have you used in communicating with different people? How did you know you were getting your point across?
  • Can you provide an example of policy advice that you have provided to senior management? How was it received?

Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as specified in the role description.

Contact: Bridget Sordo, Senior Executive Officer on 02 9692 1302 or

Closing date: 31 May 2020 (11:59 pm)

To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods. This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.

The Department of Communities and Justice is committed to building a workplace that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

The Department encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.


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