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Principal Legal Officer

Full time

Utilise your legal expertise to provide a specialist service on energy matters across Western Australia!

About us

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) supports a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.

We lead with integrity, deliver on commitments, strive for excellence, and look for better ways of doing things.

Underlying everything we do are our values of being respectful, responsive, forward-thinking, transparent, fair, and ethical – these are driven by our staff who make DMIRS a success.

To learn more about the Department and what we have to offer, please visit our website.

The position

As Principal Legal Officer, you will provide a specialist service to the project teams within the Energy Policy WA Group, providing expert legal advice on energy sector matters, coordinating the procurement of legal services and managing and facilitating processes for the production and proclamation of robust and effective legislation.

Reporting to the Deputy Director General, you will provide independent legal advice on a range of complex and sensitive matters and exercise professional judgement. You will draft legislation and amendments and assist in the development and execution of implementation plans for new legislation, regulations and codes.

This position is located in Perth CBD.

Need further info?

Click on the Job Description Form (JDF) below or contact Jai Thomas, Deputy Director General on (08) 6551 4616.

What are we looking for?

To apply for this role, please submit a detailed CV and covering letter of no more than two (2) pages addressing the following:

  • Degree in Law; AND admitted or eligible to be admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia; OR a legal practitioner from outside Western Australia whose qualifications for admission in Western Australia have been approved by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.
  • Demonstrate your experience and interest in energy matters across the Western Australian electricity and gas sectors.

Ready to join our team?

Click ‘Apply for job’ below, complete the online application form and attach documentation as requested above in the “what are we looking for?” section.

You can also contact Rebecca Saini, A/Coordinator Recruitment on (08) 6251 1514 or email for information about employment conditions and the application process.

All requirements, capabilities and pre-employment checks listed on the attached JDF will be assessed as part of the selection process. This includes a National Police Check and a pre-employment Conflict of Interest declaration.

Other benefits

  • Great work/life balance through flexible working arrangements and leave options.
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • An award-winning Health and Wellbeing program.
  • Salary packaging options.

Supporting a diverse workforce

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve and inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected and connected. Our workforce's diversity is our strength; it enhances our ability to be forward-thinking and responsive in the services we deliver to the Western Australian community.

Suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and youth may be given priority consideration over non diversity group applicants to achieve public sector outcomes. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

To keep up to date on activities and opportunities within the department you can follow us on Linked.

Whilst this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other "similar" vacancies for appointment (permanent, fixed term, full-time or part time) throughout the department for the next twelve (12) months.

CLOSING DATE: 4.00pm on Wednesday 7 June 2023 (WST)

Your application submission must be complete by the closing time, applications that are in progress or submitted after this time will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted on time.