Legal Adviser

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Legal Adviser
Ongoing Vacancy, Full-time
$86,514 to $102,053 plus 15.4% superannuation

Comcare is a statutory body established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act), with a focus on participation and productivity through healthy and safe workplaces.

Comcare administers the Commonwealth’s statutory framework for rehabilitation and workers’ compensation under the SRC Act and is the national work health and safety regulator under the federal Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).

Comcare also manages common law liabilities under the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 (ARC Act) and supports both the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority.

The Legal Group provides legal services and support to Comcare to perform these functions and is based in both Canberra and Melbourne. This position is located in the Regulatory Legal team in Melbourne.

 The work of the Legal Group is diverse and varied, and includes:

  • Investigation and prosecution support regarding alleged breaches of the WHS Act
  • Claims litigation – legal advice and decision support for Comcare’s claims management functions, conducting merits review proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), conducting judicial appeals and providing legal and strategic advice on evidence and risk
  • Legal advice and support for all legislation administered by Comcare, including corporate and governance functions
  • Developing delegated legislation and support to Comcare’s involvement in developing primary legislation
  • Supporting the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Seacare Authority
  • Monitoring and managing litigation in the Comcare scheme.
  • Under supervision, the Legal Adviser is responsible for providing legal support to investigations conducted under the WHS Act and assisting with the conduct of prosecutions commenced under that Act.

    The Legal Adviser will manage their own workload in a manner consistent with the APS Values and Code of Conduct, the Legal Services Directions 2017, and internal Comcare procedures.

    The job information pack including how to apply can be obtained from our website



  • Undergraduate degree in law
  • Admission as a legal practitioner of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory (three years or more post admission experience is desirable)
  • Current Practising Certificate or ability to obtain one within three months
  • Experience in providing investigation support and conducting prosecutions in a criminal law or regulatory environment will be highly regarded.