Principal Lawyer


  • Exciting opportunity in complex litigation
  • Be part of a small team making a difference
  • Values driven, energetic & flexible work environment

About the Organisation
IBAC’s work is challenging – they expose public sector corruption and police misconduct and they’re serious issues.

IBAC’s vision and reason for being is the number one reason team members join and stay at IBAC. A Victorian public sector that actively resists corruption is something we whole-heartedly believe in and work towards. Our dedication to fairness and natural justice is clear and tangible.

IBAC expect their people to work with sensitive information confidentially and respectfully. They understand that to foster a corruption-resistant public sector, IBAC’s workplace must be built on integrity.

The Legal team is responsible for providing in-house legal advice and assistance to the Commissioner and across the organisation, in particular, Operations and the Executive.

IBAC’s People

An anti-corruption agency isn’t for everyone. IBAC is looking for people who are:

  • courageous and up for a true challenge
  • patient and professional with real staying-power
  • flexible but with a measured and fair approach
  • trustworthy with a keen sense of duty

About the Role:
Putting the spotlight on potentially corrupt behaviour can reveal sensitive information, information you will be trusted to work with confidentially and respectfully. It’s not the kind of job you can go home and tell your friends or family about but the work is interesting, stimulating and incredibly rewarding.

The role of Principal Lawyers is to maintain a complex caseload providing the most senior technical advice across all litigation involving the Commissioner and/or Commission, including that related to prosecutions, subpoenas, civil claims and security applications.

Principal Lawyers provide mentoring to junior staff and support Team Leaders in their roles, and in their absence Principal Lawyers may be required to act as Team Leaders.

Principal Lawyers are required to provide authoritative and technical legal expertise relative to the role and functions of the IBAC, particularly in relation to criminal law and procedure, the law of evidence, coercive powers and other specialist tools. Principal Lawyers must also have strong familiarity with the conduct and methodology for investigations and assessment of evidence.

The role requires:

  • Significant legal experience (including coercive powers and specialist investigative tools)
  • Detailed understanding of the relevant legislative and integrity framework IBAC operates
  • Extensive experience in an investigative or litigious or government law environment
  • Significant experience in drafting and supervising complex legal advice, correspondence, policy and procedure
  • Substantial experience in preparing briefs of evidence, significant litigation, advocacy and prosecution experience are integral to the role
  • An ability to provide authoritative advice on a range of complex legal and compliance issues, including the public interest disclosure regime
  • Leadership, guidance and mentoring to less experienced team members
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and superior communication skills

The incumbent requires:

  • Bachelor of Laws or equivalent legal qualification from a recognised tertiary institution
  • Current practising certificate under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (or eligibility to acquire a practising certificate)
  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (or eligibility to gain admission)