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Position Description: Senior Lawyer

Position Number: 18955
Position Title: Senior Lawyer
Group/Team: Legal, Risk and Quality Assurance Group / Legal Services
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary Range: $106,424 - $117,624 pa plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: Executive Level 1 (EL1)
Location: Level 14, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: General Counsel
Agency Employment Act: Public Service Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 26 October 2021

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 the 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, must also have their courses of study accredited by TEQSA. In keeping with contemporary trends in quality assurance and regulation, TEQSA’s approach:

  • is standards-based, risk-reflective and transparent
  • places a significant emphasis on promoting and facilitating a culture of effective self-assurance as an integral part of a provider’s ordinary operations
  • is based on a preferred model of respectful regulatory partnerships, with individual providers and with the sector overall.

This approach enables TEQSA to be effective in ordinary and extraordinary times across a range of areas, such as sector reform, COVID-19 response and recovery, and identifying and responding to emerging issues.

About the position

As a Senior Lawyer within the Legal Services Team, the successful candidate will have a key role in providing accurate and strategic legal advice and assistance to TEQSA’s Commissioners and staff. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate highly developed legal and analytical skills, excellent communication skills, and expertise in the key areas of law relevant to TEQSA or a capacity to develop this expertise.  The successful candidate will also be able to lead the Legal Services Team by providing guidance, direction and support, developing the capacity of staff in the Team and planning the resources and priorities of the Team. Experience in providing legal services to Commonwealth government agencies or to regulatory bodies is desirable, but not essential.

The work of the Legal Services Team, in which the successful candidate will play a central leadership role, includes: 

  • providing legal advice on administrative law and statutory interpretation to support TEQSA’s regulatory and quality assurance functions (including in relation to litigation that arises out of these functions)
  • providing legal advice and litigation in relation to suspected academic cheating services
  • providing information law advice (including privacy, Freedom of Information and records management) on issues arising from TEQSA’s work
  • providing legal advice on employment law, contracting and procurement or intellectual property issues
  • drafting and managing legislative instruments, delegations, external correspondence and guidance material relevant to TEQSA’s regulatory and enabling functions.

Our ideal candidate (selection criteria)

  1. Has a highly developed knowledge of areas of law relevant to the agency’s work, including administrative law and statutory interpretation, or possesses the ability to quickly acquire this knowledge.
  2. Has a demonstrated ability to exercise sound professional judgement and problem-solving skills in a complex and changing environment, using highly developed analytical and interpretative skills.
  3. Has a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  4. Has demonstrated excellent communication and negotiation skills, including in relation to complex and contentious matters.
  5. Has a demonstrated ability to lead a team of employees, providing direction, determining priorities and building capacity.

Qualifications and experience

The following are mandatory:

  • 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).

2+ years post-qualification experience in practice or equivalent legal roles would be desirable.

How to apply

Your application should include the following items:

  1. a TEQSA job application cover sheet which is available on TEQSA’s careers webpage 
  2. a document containing the responses to the Our ideal candidate (selection criteria) section above (maximum of 200 words per criterion)
  3. a current resume.  

Once prepared, please submit your completed application to recruitment [at] teqsa.gov.au.

For assistance on how to write your responses to the selection criteria, please refer to Cracking the Code: How to Apply for Jobs in the Australian Public Service.


The successful applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security clearance to Baseline status.

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

Other relevant information

  • A merit pool of suitable applicants will be created from this process and may be used to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies. It is active for 12 months from the date of this advertisement.
  • Part-time (at least 0.8 FTE) may be considered for this role.

Diversity and inclusion

TEQSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive, and respectful work environment. 

We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQA+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Work, health and safety responsibilities 

Section 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 details work, health and safety responsibilities for all TEQSA employees while at work, in the office or remotely.