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Principal Lawyer


The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is an independent agency combating major crime and reducing corruption for the benefit of the Queensland community. Our functions and powers are set out in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

Job details

Job type Contract
Occupational group Justice & Legal
Classification PO6
Workplace Location Brisbane - North
Job ad reference QLD/CCC/VRN/54/17
Closing date 24-Nov-2017
Job duration 5 years
Contact person Geoff Kennedy
Contact details (07) 3360 6308 /

In this important and challenging role, you will provide high level legal advice and support, liaise and consult with senior officers from government departments and other statutory authorities within jurisdiction. You will also liaise with other oversight bodies and exercise a significant oversight role for the CCC (with personal responsibility for complex issues) in the areas of complaints handling, monitoring activities and (where necessary) investigations.

The Principal Lawyer is responsible for:

  • Providing high quality, timely and independent legal services, including legal advice, to senior officers and to multi-disciplinary teams conducting corruption investigations, including participating in the planning, conduct and oversight of those investigations.
  • Ensuring that corruption matters are conducted in pursuit of the CCC’s strategies and objectives and within jurisdiction, making optimal use of resources and powers.
  • Performing the role of counsel assisting and effectively examining witnesses at investigative hearings conducted by the Commission in the performance of its functions, and/or instruct Counsel at such hearings.
  • Drafting, settling and making applications seeking internal, judicial and other external approvals to exercise the CCC’s statutory powers, including overseeing materials prepared by other team members.
  • Assisting in and directing the compilation of briefs of evidence for criminal charges and disciplinary proceedings for reference to prosecuting bodies and QCAT, and preparing detailed reports and correspondence on investigations.
  • Liaising and consulting about corruption matters with other CCC officers and with external agencies, including the QPS and other law enforcement bodies, the ODPP and public sector agencies.
  • Taking an active role in the supervision and management of the Corruption Legal Team and acting as the Assistant Director, Corruption Legal when required.
  • Lead projects, mentor less experienced staff and supervise staff when required.

The ideal applicant will demonstrate capability in the following requirements:

  • Practising experience that demonstrates:
    • your knowledge of criminal law and administrative law [practising experience in others areas relevant to the CCC’s work, such as disciplinary and other tribunals, will be favourably regarded.]
    • advocacy skills that reflect an ability to effectively examine witnesses in the context of CCC investigative hearings, and to make applications for warrants and other authorities; and/or
    • the ability to conduct civil, criminal or quasi-criminal litigation in Queensland and Australian courts and Tribunals, including QCAT
  • Thorough knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire thorough knowledge, of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, the Criminal Code (Qld), the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000  the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) and other relevant legislation.
  • High level verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare written advice, briefs of evidence, court documents and complex reports and correspondence within tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and sustain positive and effective relationships with other team members, establishing priorities, developing sound solutions and participating in the development of improvements to work practices.

Qualifications/ Professional Registrations/ Other Requirements:

You must be admitted, or eligible for immediate admission, as a legal practitioner in Queensland, preferably with at least 5 years post-admission experience.

*Certified copies of all qualifications must be produced at time of interview

For more detailed information, including how to apply, see the position description for vacancy VRN 54/17. For any inquiries, please contact Geoff Kennedy on telephone (07) 3360 6060 or email

Further information

For information about applying for a position with the CCC, visit *An application coversheet is not required when applying on line.


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