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Position Description: Lawyer

Position Number: 17917
Position Title: Lawyer
Group/Team: Legal Group
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary Range: $85,102 - $93,583 pa plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: APS Level 6
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: General Counsel 
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 5 April 2020

Applications must include the following cover sheet: TEQSA job application cover sheet [DOCX 1MB]


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. 

TEQSA’s role is to ensure that quality standards are being met by all higher education providers so that the interests of students and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector are promoted and protected. 

All providers of higher education that offer higher education qualifications in or from Australia, must be registered by TEQSA. Providers that do not have self-accrediting authority, which is virtually all of the non-university providers at present, must also, have their courses of study accredited by TEQSA.

TEQSA’s purpose

To protect student interests and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector through a proportionate, risk-reflective approach to quality assurance that supports diversity, innovation and excellence.

Legal Group

TEQSA’s Legal Group is responsible for services including:

  • providing strategic and technically sound advice to TEQSA’s statutory officers and staff on all legal issues arising in TEQSA’s operations
  • managing claims by or against TEQSA, including litigation and administrative review
  • coordinating TEQSA’s response to complaints about TEQSA, including investigations by the Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • ensuring that appropriate controls are in place so TEQSA complies with relevant legal obligations, including overseeing relevant TEQSA processes and providing training to TEQSA’s staff
  • managing TEQSA’s policy on legal matters including intellectual property, freedom of information and privacy matters
  • ensuring that TEQSA’s delegations and other instruments are legally effective and maintaining a register of those instruments
  • maintaining a system for managing TEQSA’s legal advice to ensure TEQSA retains the benefit of the legal advice provided
  • managing arrangements with external legal service providers as required
  • developing and overseeing the implementation of TEQSA’s internal quality assurance framework.

Position duties

The Lawyer will, under limited direction:

  • prepare legal advice and information on legal issues relevant to TEQSA, including the interpretation and application of legislation and case law
  • contribute to the development and implementation of TEQSA’s internal quality assurance framework
  • prepare responses to requests from staff and stakeholders
  • perform research and analysis of legal issues
  • provide administrative and clerical support for TEQSA’s Legal Group, including document management activities associated with external review matters
  • work cooperatively with members of the Legal Group and other TEQSA staff to contribute to the management and strategic planning of TEQSA’s work
  • other duties as required.

Selection criteria

Please note that your responses to the selection criteria should be brief and not exceed 200 words per criteria.

  1. highly developed knowledge of areas of law relevant to TEQSA's work, including administrative law and statutory interpretation, or the ability to quickly acquire this knowledge
  2. demonstrated ability to undertake research and analysis of complex legal issues relevant to TEQSA's work
  3. demonstrated ability to develop and maintain complex relationships with internal and external stakeholders, particularly the ability to maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues
  4. demonstrated ability to work independently, make decisions, exercise judgement under limited direction and manage competing priorities
  5. demonstrated ability to contribute to the review and improvement of TEQSA’s administrative decision making processes
  6. highly developed written and verbal communication skills.


A law degree from a recognised higher education provider (or equivalent overseas qualification), admission as a legal practitioner in an Australian state or territory and a current legal practising certificate (or the capacity to obtain a practising certificate) is mandatory.


The successful applicant must be:

  • be an Australian citizen, or, subject to approval of the Agency Head, hold the necessary visa and work permits appropriate to the employment
  • satisfactorily complete a National Police Check
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security clearance to Baseline or Negative Vetting Level 1 status, as required.

Failure to satisfy any of these conditions may result in the withdrawal of an offer of employment or termination of employment.

TEQSA supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. In particular, applications are encouraged from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people with cultural and linguistic diversity.

How to apply

Applicants need to refer to our Careers page.

You should include the following in your application:

  • TEQSA job application cover sheet
  • your responses to the selection criteria (maximum of 200 words per criterion)
  • a current resume.  

Completed applications are to be submitted to recruitment [at] teqsa.gov.au

For assistance addressing the selection criteria, you may wish to refer to ‘Cracking the Code: How to Apply for Jobs in the Australian Public Service’.