In Brief Issue #1146

Georgina Schoff KC

Bar Exam Update

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nadia Deltondo and Nadia Stojanova as the Bar’s new Chief Examiners. Ms. Deltondo and Ms. Stojanova are both members of our Bar and former members of the Standing Exam Review Panel with considerable experience in teaching and assessment. I am confident that, in consultation with the new Exam Committee, the Chief Examiners will set an Exam in October this year that will fulfill all the recommendations of the 5-Year Panel Review Report. 

On behalf of the Victorian Bar, I sincerely thank Dr Jason Harkess for his commendable service as Chief Examiner over the past 11 years.

On Monday, I met with Jenny Firkin KC and bar office staff to discuss creating a panel to advise the Exam Committee with respect to applications for alternative exam sitting arrangements. I am grateful to Ms. Firkin for her advice about the policy and application documents that we are drafting.

Yoorrook Justice Commission

On 6 March 2024, the Victorian Bar received a Request for Information from the Yoorrook Justice Commission. Yoorrook is Australia’s first formal truth-telling commission, tasked with inquiring into and reporting on historical and ongoing systemic injustices against First Peoples in Victoria since colonisation.

The RFI requested information about current and future initiatives of the Bar aimed at increasing First Nations representation and retention within the profession and information about the Bar’s response to the Veronica Nelson Inquest. This information relates to Yoorrook's Health and Education sector inquiries.

At our request, Yoorrook subsequently issued a Notice to Produce, to which the Victorian Bar responded this week. A copy of our response can be seen here. The response is the product of much work by Serena Armstrong, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Justice Committee (IJC), Richard Dalton KC, Chair of the Cultural Capability Working Group, and Julie Buxton, Cal Viney, and Shivani Pillai of the IJC, together with our in-house legal team. It is an impressive response, and I thank all those involved.

Strategic Plan Working Group

The Strategic Plan Working Group and I met with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and other members of her Court on Tuesday to discuss the work of the Victorian Bar and its members. Over the past few weeks, the Working Group has been engaged in similar discussions with our stakeholders, associations, and committees, and we are grateful to those consulted for their time. The Bar Council looks forward to receiving the recommendations of the Working Group next month.

2024 London International Commercial Law Conference

The Commercial Bar Association is hosting a Commercial Law Conference in London on 3 and 4 July 2024. The conference will feature leading members of the Judiciary and barristers from both our Bar and the Bar of England and Wales. The conference will consist of ten sessions covering a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration topics. Registration is available here. There is an option to also attend a half day seminar and dinner at Oxford on 1 July 2024 where the Right Hon. Lord Hodge, the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will welcome attendees and the Honourable Justice Steward of the High Court of Australia will deliver the keynote address.  

Trans-Tasman Bar Conference 2024: The Timeless Value of Wisdom and Insight 

The Australian Bar Association and New Zealand Bar Association are jointly hosting the second Trans-Tasman conference in Tāhuna Queenstown on 16 and 17 August 2024. Registration is available here.

SiSU Health Station

A reminder to members that throughout the month of May, ODCE will be home to the SiSU Health Station. I encourage all members to complete the health check. It takes less than five minutes and will give you an overview of your blood pressure, heart rate, perceived stress and diabetes risk. For more information on the machine, click here.

I hope that ANZAC day commemorations went well for all those who participated yesterday and wish everyone a relaxing weekend. Lest we forget.

Georgina Schoff KC

Vicbar News & Events
Welcome Ceremony — The Honourable Justice Rowena Orr

Supreme Court of Victoria
Court of Appeal

A welcome ceremony to mark the appointment of the Honourable Justice Rowena Orr as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria will be held in Banco Court, Supreme Court of Victoria, 210 William Street, Melbourne on:

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at 9:15am

All counsel are encouraged to attend, robed.

Farewell — His Honour Magistrate John Hardy

Magistrates’ Court of Victoria

A ceremony to farewell his Honour Magistrate John Hardy will be held in Court 1 of the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, 233 William Street, Melbourne on:

Monday, 27 May 2024 at 4:15pm

All counsel who are able to do so are asked to attend. The ceremony will also be livestreamed via Webex here.

Practising Certificate & Professional Indemnity Insurance Renewal – 2024/25

The LPLC portal went live in early April 2024 for LPLC Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) renewal. PII premiums are required to be paid by Friday, 31 May 2024, members are now encouraged to renew online on the LPLC website and the  LSB Online Portal to complete your PC renewal. Please note: You must complete both your PII insurance and your LSB Online application for your PC to renew and issue.

Information on renewing practising certificates can be found on the VicBar website here.

Links for online lodgement are available at LSB Online and for the LPLC.

Please log in to LSB Online and the LPLC renewal portal using your Practitioner Number as the username (your Practitioner Number will be included in the email sent to you by the VLSB+C). LSB Online deals with all PC administrative matters, and there is no printed PC renewal form. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset this on the LSB Online login screen by selecting ‘forgot password’. You will receive an email to reset your password.

If you experience technical difficulties with LSB Online, please contact the VLSB+C via their lawyer enquiry form. Frequently asked questions and LSB Online user guides can also be found here.

Should you require assistance renewing your PC, the Victorian Bar office can help you, and members who need assistance should email or contact Daphne Ioannidis on (03) 9225 8326 or Mark Bryant on (03) 9225 7105.

Victorian Bar Dinner — Final week to register

Ticket sales for Bar Dinner will close next week.

All members of the Bar and Judiciary are warmly invited to the Dinner on Saturday, 18 May 2024, at 7:00pm at the National Gallery of Victoria. The event is black tie and will feature guest speaker The Honourable Justice Robert Beech-Jones, High Court of Australia.

Event: 2024 Victorian Bar Dinner

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2024

Time: 7:00pm for 7:30pm start

Venue: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006

Dress: Black Tie

RSVP: By Thursday, 2 May 2024

Click here to purchase your ticket.

For any enquiries regard tickets or your table, please contact

The Changing Face of the Bar II

It is five years since our hugely successful exhibition of barristers’ photo portraits, The Changing Face of the Bar c. 2018. The Art & Collections Committee is reprising the event and invites members to photographer, Garth Oriander’s pop-up studio in the Owen Dixon Chambers West foyer to have their portrait snapped. As per last time, the theme is “Come as You Are”.  So be inspired by the selection below and show up on May 6, 7, 8, and 9 (Monday through Thursday).

Annual flu shots for Bar Members

The Victorian Bar is offering members the annual flu vaccination in Owen Dixon Chambers East on Wednesday, 29 May, and Thursday, 30 May 2024.

Bookings must be made online via the iMedical website. Instructions on how to book are here. You must be logged into the VicBar website to download the instructions.

There are a limited number of appointments available to Bar members from iMedical, and they will be allocated on a first-in, first-served basis.

For those individuals aged 65 years and over, an enhanced version of the flu vaccine is available. Please make a booking with your GP or chemist.

CommBar 2024 ICLC - Young CommBar Speaking Competition

For those under 6 years' call.

Come and support your colleagues as they put their quick thinking and humour to the test!

In the lead-up to the CommBar 2024 International Commercial Law Conference, to be held in London (and Oxford)  from 1 and 3-4 July 2024, CommBar is hosting the ‘Young CommBar’ Speaking Competition on Thursday, 9 May 2024, at the Essoign Club. 

Our speakers will have seven to eight minutes to argue their case on a topic unveiled 72 hours beforehand, in a test of their quick thinking, skills of persuasion and wit!

The winner of the 2024 Young CommBar Competition will walk away with:
- Complimentary full registration to attend the London 2024 ICLC;
- Economy return air travel; 
- An opportunity to participate as a panellist in one of the ten conference sessions (to be arranged with the conference prior to the conference).

The competition will be followed by drinks and canapes with a DJ, so come along and join us for a night of laughs and a chance to network with your colleagues, solicitors and associates in a fun, social setting.

As a ‘Young Members’ event, this event is open to barristers of 6 years’ call and under.

Register ASAP to secure your place!

Thursday, 9 May 2024


The Essoign Club
Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East
205 William St, Melbourne

Click here to register.

Bar Library Survey

The Bar’s Library Committee are seeking members’ feedback regarding the library’s existing facilities and resources, as well as arrangements with the Law Library of Victoria.

Members are encouraged to respond to the survey so the Bar can make an informed decision regarding its library collections, new acquisition practices, and funding allocation.

The survey will close on Tuesday, 30 April 2024.

Click here to complete the survey.

Lawyers Mediation Certificate Course

Mediation is an essential part of the justice system, with a great many litigated matters being referred to mediation. Barristers and law professionals wishing to become an accredited mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System can register for the Lawyers Mediation Certificate (LMC) six-day course (on 17-19 May & 24-26 May 2024) here. Places are limited.

Law Week 2024

The Diversity Internship: The Courts and the Victorian Bar – Tuesday, 21 May 2024

This panel will reflect on the inaugural diversity internship in 2023, which provided an invaluable opportunity for law students from diverse backgrounds to undertake a paid internship whilst being supervised by members of the Victorian Bar and the Judiciary. Meet our inaugural interns and hear about their experiences along with the judges that hosted them.

When: Tuesday, 21 May at 1:00pm (also available via livestream)

Where: Neil McPhee Room, Level 1, Owen Dixon Chambers East


  • The Honourable Justice Rofe (Federal Court of Australia)
  • The Honourable Justice Forbes (Supreme Court of Victoria); and
  • The Honourable Judge Karapanagiotidis (County Court of Victoria)
  • Ms Halima Weli (La Trobe University)
  • Ms Mursal Rezai (Swinburne University)
  • Ms Hanna Amin (Melbourne University)

Tea & Coffee will be available at the conclusion of the panel.

Cross-Examining a Barrister – Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Hosted by the Student Engagement Committee and Indigenous Justice Committee of the Victorian Bar, this event gives students the opportunity to have their questions on the path to becoming a barrister and what barristers do answered by a live panel of members of the Victorian Bar. It is an opportunity for students to discover the ethical considerations of being a barrister and gain insight into the profession’s nuances and responsibilities. Learn about the path to becoming a barrister, what a barrister does, and more.

The panel will take place at 1:00pm in the Neil McPhee Room, Owen Dixon Chambers East. To register, click here.

Lawyers on Film – Thursday, 23 May 2024

The Victorian Bar presents a Panel + Q & A session: “Lawyers on Film”. The panel comprises documentary film director Daryl Dellora and barrister John Ribbands. Daryl is the writer and director of law related documentaries including ‘Mr. Neal Is Entitled To Be An Agitator’, ‘The Highest Court’, ‘Michael Kirby - Don't Forget The Justice Bit’ and ’ The Search For The Palace Letters’. His work has given him unusual access to legal personalities and the courts, including the High Court of Australia. John Ribbands was counsel in the Brett Whiteley art fraud trial in the Victorian Supreme Court and is featured in the two-part documentary, The Whiteley Art Scandal.

The panel will take place at 5:30pm in the Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery. To register, click here.

BCL Updates
  • Why Take Chambers with BCL? As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Victorian Bar, BCL provides a flexible and unique solution of chamber and technology support only available to members of the Bar. Click here to view our current vacancies.
Victorian Bar member CPD and events

The following are highlights of upcoming CPD and events for Victorian Bar members. You must be a member of the Victorian Bar and logged into the VicBar website to view these events.

  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court Pilot: Learnings and Reflections is on Monday, 6 May 2024, from 5:15pm to 6:30pm. The Criminal Bar Association is pleased to host DATC judicial officers, lawyers, and members of the treatment team to share learnings and reflections from the County Court of Victoria Drug and Alcohol pilot and assist members to better understand this unique sentencing option. This session is also open to criminal law solicitors. This is an in-person event and will also be available online via livestream. Click here to RSVP
  • Recent developments in common law personal injuries claims is on Tuesday, 7 May 2024, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm., This CPD will provide practitioners an opportunity to hear from leading common law barristers about recent developments in personal injury claims. Richard Stanley SC will speak about recent developments in jury trials, in particular in the Work Cover jurisdiction. Fiona Spencer SC will speak about recent developments in medical panel judicial reviews. This is an in-person event and will also be available online via livestream. Click here to RSVP
  • Changing Legal Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities and the Duty of Lawyers to the Administration of Justice is on Wednesday, 8 May 2024 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. This CPD addresses a significant shift in the nature of lawyers’ ethical duties to clients and to the administration of justice, as reflected in conduct Rules, case law and Court Rules. This is an in-person event only. Click here to RSVP
  • Appearing as counsel at a coercive examination conducted by an integrity/investigatory body: your rights and obligations is on Thursday, 9 May 2024, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. This seminar will examine the rights and obligations of counsel representing a witness at a coercive examination (and also those of the witness) and provide helpful hints as to matters counsel should consider when preparing for the examination. This is an in-person event only. Click here to RSVP

For more upcoming CPD events, please visit our listings here.

Vicbar Life
VicBar Choir

The VicBar Choir invites you to join its group.

Term 2 has commenced. All members of the Victorian Bar community are welcome, including staff of Bar and Clerks. 

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, Tuesdays.

Dates: 16 April 2024

Location: Level 11 East

Cost: $25 a week x 11 = $275 or $30 per week casual. 2024 Readers free.

Click here for the flyer.

No obvious singing talent is required to join in Bar Choir, all are welcome to give it a try. For those who are hesitant, Choir leader Richard Lawton, who currently teaches voice training for the Bar Readers’ Course, can provide individual coaching useful for both singing and oral advocacy. 

For more information, contact the Bar office on 9225 7111 or

Studio 11 — Dr Lucila Zentner Exhibition

Surrender, a solo exhibition by artist Dr Lucila Zentner, comprises 28 rich, colourful, generous, joyous works – all of which are for sale with all proceeds going to the artist.  Dr Zentner, based in Sydney, is an award-winning painter and has been a finalist in many competitions with her signature oil paintings Studio 11 is delighted to show and share her works to the Vicbar audience and friends until 28 June at Level 11 ODCEast Make a plan to visit and enjoy the body of work. 

The Essoign Club

We are open daily from 7.30am – till late

Breakfast – for dine-in or takeaway.

Lunch – Daily Café Menu dine-in or takeaway.

Lunch Dine-In – A La Carte from midday.

Bar – EVERY EVENING   $5 Beer & Wine from 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Catering & Events – Special lunches, working lunches, private dinners, or something special you may have in mind. Email us at

Our new Catering & Events Package is available here

Member Benefits portal for Bar members

Victorian Bar members are encouraged to use the Member Benefits online portal, where you can access a wide variety of discounts, special offers, and member-only deals as part of your Bar membership.

The exclusive benefits are available Australia-wide and are not generally open to the public.

To activate your account and access the benefits, please click here. You must log in using your login details.

Click here for the monthly Best Buys!

Practice & Profession News
Practice and procedure update: Forms - Family Law Act Amendments

The Court has released a new Practice and Procedure update.

A number of court forms require amendments due to the commencement of the Family Law Amendment Act 2023 and the Family Law (Information Sharing) Act 2023 (the Family Law Act Amendments). There are also several forms that have updates which are unrelated to the Family Law Act Amendments.

To allow parties and practitioners to prepare for the changes, exposure copies of the new forms are available in this update. They should be filed on or after 6 May 2024.

Information about grace periods for the use of old forms is provided in the update.

For more information about the Family Law Act Amendments, see here.

Richard Griffith Library

Did you know that all Australian Authorised Reports are available on the three computers at the Richard Griffith Library?

Cases can be downloaded, emailed, or printed in court-ready format from Westlaw Australia, Lexis Advance, and the Victorian Reports.

Barristers have 24/7 access to the Richard Griffith Library.

Contact the Law Library Victoria if you would like to arrange an individual training session on law reports.

Profession CPD & Events
Trans-Tasman Bar Conference 2024: The Timeless Value of Wisdom and Insight

The Australian Bar Association and the New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture are delighted jointly to host the second Trans-Tasman conference in Tāhuna Queenstown.

We live in an age in which we are inundated with information, but not necessarily insight or wisdom.  This year’s Trans-Tasman conference will focus on these timeless values.  Over two days, delegates will hear and can engage in robust discussion on some of the most pressing legal topics with leading judges, practitioners and academics from around Australia and New Zealand. Sessions will cover climate change litigation, the judicial role in democracies, comparative approaches to indigenous issues, police and prosecutorial conduct, civil remedies, and more.

Starts - 9:00am Friday, 16 August 2024

Ends - 11:45pm Saturday, 17 August 2024

Location - Rydges Lakeland Resort - Queenstown

Tickets are limited, register now via the link here

Melbourne Law School — Upcoming Events

Melbourne Law School is pleased to present the following free public law lectures in May 2024:

Melbourne University Law Review Annual Lecture, Hosted by MLS
‘Punishment and Responsibility: An Assessment of Moral Culpability in Sentencing’

Presented by The Hon. Justice Karin Emerton, President of the Court of Appeal

Sentencing is based on a conception of people as rational, autonomous actors. However, day to day, judges are tasked with sentencing offenders whose capacity to exercise appropriate judgment and make calm and rational choices is compromised - even though they are considered criminally responsible. The notion of a rational and responsible agent as the touchstone for assessing culpability often leads to a heavy reliance on expert psychological evidence. However, this arguably reductive analysis of culpability through the lens of psychologism is not necessarily well adapted to dealing with the reality of structural disadvantage in the criminal justice system.

The lecture will examine two ways the courts have sought to manage these difficulties consistently with the principle of individualised justice: principles for the mitigation of moral culpability (R v Verdins) and the principles articulated in Bugmy v The Queen.

Date & time: Thursday, 2 May 2024 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Welcome refreshments and networking from 5:00pm in the ground foyer.
Location: Theatre G08, Ground floor - Melbourne Law School.
Information and registration: Please click here


Jim Carlton Integrity Lecture 2024
‘The Urgency of Ethical Challenges Facing the World’
Presented by Professor Raimond Gaita

Introduction by The Hon. Barry Jones AC:
Raimond Gaita (1946- ) is an outstanding, but controversial, moral philosopher who agonises over the state of the world. Born in Germany, son of Romulus Gaita, a Romanian metal worker, and Christine Dorr, a German teacher, his family migrated to Australia in 1950, and he grew up in central Victoria. Educated in Ballarat and Melbourne, he held chairs in moral philosophy at the Australian Catholic University and King’s College, London. His memoir Romulus, My Father (1998) won many awards and became an internationally admired film in 2007. Justice and Hope (2023) is an important collection of his writings.

An English philosopher wrote of him:
“Those who are already familiar with Raimond Gaita’s work will not easily forget the seriousness with which he confronts his readers with stark examples of evil, and then with luminous examples of love and goodness – a confrontation that both elicits and challenges the real responses that give expression to our moral thinking, and a seriousness that exposes the shallowness of much moral theory and its remoteness from lived experience”

Prof. Gaita: The most important moral challenges facing humanity, I believe, are the climate crisis, war in which nuclear weapons may be used, and the increasing fragility of democratic forms of government. I wrote the following in the preface to Justice and Hope:
“We have now far more reason to fear for the world than we had when I expressed that fear almost twenty years ago in an essay “Justice and Hope”. That is why I have dedicated the book that carries the name of that essay to my grandchildren, which, implicitly, is to all young people”

Within the book, I wrote:
“More and more, I fear, knowledge of affliction and cruelty will test their understanding of what it means to share a common humanity with all the peoples of the earth, and to a degree almost too awful to imagine, their faith that the world is a good world despite the suffering and the evil in it. What can sustain that faith? I believe there are few questions more urgently in need of sober realism in their formulation and in the answers offered to them”

Those questions continue to haunt me. The epigraph of Justice and Hope (2023) is a quote from Albert Camus: “I chose justice to remain faithful to the world.”

In this lecture, I will try to explain why, of the many forms of justice, this is the deepest.

Date & time: Wednesday, 8 May 2024 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
Location: Theatre G08, Ground floor - Melbourne Law School
Information and registration: Please click here

Science and Medicine in the Courts: Learnings from the Wrongful Conviction of Kathleen Folbigg

Seminar hosted by: The Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (Victorian Chapter), in partnership with Monash Law, Griffith University, and the University of New South Wales.

Date: Friday, 10 May 2024.

Time: 12:30 – 6:00pm (Registration at 12:45pm).

Venue: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic, 3000.

Fee: No cost.

RSVP: Registration by 3 May 2024. For registration, click here.

For program information, click here.

UNCCA May Seminar

UNCCA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 2024 May Seminar, to be held at Hall & Wilcox Melbourne on Friday, 10 May, with online dial-in also available.

Click here to view the flyer for more information and here to register.

Melbourne Catholic Lawyers’ Association Breakfast with Guest Speaker

The Melbourne Catholic Lawyers’ Association invites members of the Bar to a breakfast at the Essoign on Tuesday, 14 May 2024.

Deacon George Piech Meat will be speaking on Navigating Justice: The Struggles of South Sudanese youth in the Victorian Justice System.

Since the 1980s, 30,000 South Sudanese people have migrated to Australia, with the largest number settling in Melbourne. Unfortunately, South Sudanese are now over represented in the criminal justice system, and tend to have worse outcomes. The shame of young offenders, and the distress of family and friends, is often exacerbated by hostile media coverage.

Deacon George Piech Meat is himself a South Sudanese refugee and has been working with the community for many years, especially in prison ministry.

All are welcome to join us for this breakfast. For more information and to book, click here.

Human Rights Law Trans-Tasman Conference

The Human Rights Law Trans-Tasman Conference is on 12-13 August 2024 in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Click here to view the flyer and click here to register.

Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 2024

Early Bird Conference Registrations for the Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 2024 are closing 5:00pm Friday, 10 May AEST.  

This is your final opportunity to take advantage of discounted rates and secure your spot at this year’s conference in Uluru.

The Asia Pacific Coroners Society Conference 2024 promises to be an invaluable opportunity for networking, professional development, and the exchange of ideas with fellow professionals in the field. 

Register here.

Careers & Opportunities
Expressions of Interest — Judicial Registrar — Common Law Division

The Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria seeks expressions of interest from qualified persons for appointment as a Judicial Registrar of the County Court.

Judicial Registrars are members of the Court, appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, who exercise delegated judicial functions. All expressions of interest are treated confidentially. The position is located in Melbourne.

The Judicial Registrar will be assigned to the Court’s Common Law Division.

The Common Law Division has a broad jurisdiction that includes workplace, transport accident and medical negligence claims, and claims by a beneficiary under a will. There are ten Lists in the Division, each with its own judge in charge. The Lists include Defamation, Medical, General and Serious Injury and Appeals and Post Sentence Applications (APSA).

The Judicial Registrar position will involve the following:

  • Presiding over interlocutory applications, directions hearings, objections, and summons in the General List and other Lists within the Common Law Division as required.
  • Presiding over mediations and judicial settlement conferences.
  • Presiding over directions hearings in the APSA List.

The position requires a legally qualified (admitted for not less than five years), highly motivated with extensive experience in the practice of civil litigation, as well as an in-depth demonstrated understanding of court processes and procedures. It also requires superior communication skills and an ability to make timely decisions according to law. Experience and expertise in conducting mediations is highly desirable.

The Judicial Registrar will work closely with the Head of the Common Law Division and those Judges in Charge of a List. Regard should be had to the provisions of Part 1 Division 3B of the County Court Act 1958 and the County Court (Chapter 1 Judicial Registrars Amendment) Rules 2015.

Expressions of interest, marked ‘Private and Confidential’, which include a resume as well as details of appropriate professional and personal referees, may be emailed to: Associate to Judge Pillay, Head of the Common Law Division

All expressions of interest must be received no later than 5 May 2024.

Parliament of Victoria (Department of Legislative Assembly): Job Opportunity

Work type: Ongoing - full time
Location: Parliament House on Spring Street, East Melbourne
Salary range (PoV Grade 5.2): $117,718 - $128,897 plus 11% Superannuation

The Legislative Assembly part of Parliament of Victoria is advertising for a Senior Research Officer in the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) on an ongoing full-time basis. Applications close on Sunday, 12 May 2024.

As Senior Research Officer within the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC), you will assess every regulation and legislative instrument tabled in the Parliament against a variety of legal criteria in the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 to determine whether there has been compliance with that Act.

As an expert in your field, you will provide high-level authoritative legal written and verbal advice in respect of the scrutiny of regulations, legislative instruments and human rights pursuant to the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and will prepare the annual review detailing these activities.


  • Provide high-level authoritative legal written and verbal advice to the Subcommittee in respect of the scrutiny of regulations, legislative instruments and human rights pursuant to the requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.
  • Assess every regulation and legislative instrument tabled in the Parliament against a variety of legal criteria in the Act to determine whether there has been compliance with it.
  • Coordination of meetings of the Subcommittee, including liaison with Subcommittee Chair members, preparation and distribution of meeting papers
  • Prepare draft discussion papers, briefs, and reports in accordance with the Subcommittee’s decisions and instructions.
  • Prepare high-level correspondence and briefs for the Executive Officer and Committee and Subcommittee Chair as required.
  • Assist with the scrutiny of bills for the Executive Officer and Committee as directed.


  • Tertiary qualified in law or have significant relevant experience in this area
  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting and analysing legislation
  • Knowledge of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 and Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 is helpful
  • Successful candidates will be required to provide evidence for sighting of their COVID-19 vaccination status or medical exemption prior to commencing employment.

For further information about the role, including the position description and how to apply, please click here.

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