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Department of Communications and the Arts
Position Level: 
APS Level 2
$52,638 - $58,344
Acton - ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
26 January 2020
To event remaining 7 days


The Paralegal will, under the guidance of the General Counsel and staff within the Office of the General Counsel, provide support including:

  • legal research
  • Schedule 1AB co-ordination and liaison with senior officers within the Department and the Department of Finance
  • proof reading
  • keeping key procedure guides up-to-date
  • managing the legal library
  • providing assistance with legal related web accessibility templates
  • record-keeping
  • other administrative tasks, such as assisting with external procurement and tracking external legal spending (using a spreadsheet)

This vacancy is being advertised as an Affirmative Measures position to give Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates an opportunity to obtain paid work in the legal profession, which is a valuable adjunct to ultimately obtaining employment as a lawyer.

We support the Australian Public Service Commision’s view that the Australian Public Service (including the Office of the General Counsel within the Department) must be committed to improving and sustaining employment outcomes for people from diverse backgrounds, so that we reflect the community we serve. We recognise the knowledge, insights and capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We value your strength, resilience and cultural competence highly. We believe that workplaces that embrace a diverse and inclusive environment unlock new perspectives and ways of solving problems, generate creativity and innovation, and produce more sustainable and effective outcomes.


For candidates to have their applications assessed under the Affirmative Measures provision, confirmation of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage must be provided. The criteria attached to this vacancy are in line with the principles of the Public Service Act 1999, and comply with the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

The successful candidate is required to hold or be able to obtain a Baseline security clearance prior to commencing in the role. Applicants must be Australian citizens.


Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term. This vacancy will be filled on a non-ongoing basis. Non-ongoing opportunities will be offered for a fixed term of up to 12 months.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability.

About Department of Communications and the Arts 

We are the lead agency to the Australian Government on communications and the arts. Our aim is to create an environment in which all Australians have access to high quality communications services and diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

We are an inclusive employer and promote, value and support diversity among our employees. Our three-year Diversity and Inclusion Strategy helps focus our efforts and ensure our workforce reflects, respects and benefits from diverse communities including Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, carers, LGBTQI+ and people with disability.

If you’re interested in joining our team, we invite you to submit your application.

For more information: 
Sarah Godden
(02) 8023 3716