Solicitor, Workplace Relations, Discrimination and Administrative Law

Sydney, Australia
06 May 2021
End of advertisement period
20 May 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Manage a full range of Workplace Relations, Discrimination and Administrative Law matters of strategic importance to the University
  • Located at Camperdown/Darlington Campus
  • Continuing, full-time, competitive package will be offered which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity

Under the direction of the Senior Solicitor, the Solicitor (Workplace Relations, Discrimination and Administrative Law) is responsible for providing sound, timely and cost effective legal advice, and to represent University clients in the areas of workplace relations, employment, discrimination, and administrative related matters.

As a member of the Office of General Counsel (OGC), the Solicitor (Workplace Relations, Discrimination and Administrative Law) will play a key role in assisting the University to:

  • Protect its interests as an employer, particularly in the areas of work performance and conduct, and work health and safety
  • Create a culture of compliance with relevant legislation and industrial instruments
  • Protect its interests as an academic institution through the provision of sound advice and support

The Solicitor (Workplace Relations, Discrimination and Administrative Law) holds a professional advisory role to support the University's representatives. In performing this role, the incumbent acts under supervision in relation to difficult and complex matters. They must exercise independent judgement making recommendations to various delegates of the University for consideration and implementation.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Solicitor (Workplace Relations, Discrimination and Administrative Law) who has:

  • at least 3 years post admission legal experience in employment and workplace relations law
  • extensive understanding of employment, workplace relations, anti-discrimination; work, health, and safety; and other relevant legislation
  • excellent drafting skills and extensive experience in drafting contracts of employment
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • excellent analytical and legal research skills
  • extensive experience in negotiations, mediations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in relation to employment and industrial relations disputes
  • extensive experience in conducting proceedings in the Fair Work Commission and Federal Court and other tribunals
  • extensive experience in instructing counsel; including the preparation of briefs, drafting of affidavits and submissions
  • knowledge of and familiarity with the higher education sector


Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Closing time: 11:30 pm, 20th May 2021

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The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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