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Principal Legal Counsel

Canberra, Australia
$168,085 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

Classification: Senior Manager 4
Salary package: $168,085 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing

  • Work in the prestigious, very well-regarded in-house University Legal Office
  • Exposure to a variety of significant commercial matters
  • Great team environment position

Position Overview

Under the broad direction of the General Counsel, and working closely with a Deputy General Counsel and other staff in the University Legal Office, provide significant legal advice and carry out tasks of a legal nature.

The scope of the legal work undertaken by the University Legal Office includes research and commercial contracts, information technology agreements and advice, public law advice, litigation, dispute resolution, and compliance matters within the University framework. Lawyers are regularly exposed to complex transactions, both within Australia and internationally.  This role carries a strong commercial focus.

Your duties will include the provision of legal advice to the University, including on implications of policy proposals. You may assist with managerial roles within the University Legal Office. You will create and deliver legal education programs and similar activities. You will participate in higher education sector’ legal professional organisations, develop networks and liaise with colleagues across the sector.

You will possess significant legal practice skills relevant to the operations of the University.  Candidates with experience, or keen interest, in the higher education sector are encouraged to apply. Those with a very strong commercial background will be highly regarded.   

For further information, in the first instance, please contact Jeanine Fras, Legal Office Manager, University Legal Office at or 0411 402 440

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on 

The University also values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities.  For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information
In order to apply for the role, please upload the following documents:

  • A 2-3 page statement addressing your interest in the role and framed by the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) of no more than 3 pages, which includes the names and contact details of at least two referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. Please note that your referees will not be contacted without your express permission.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 

Closing at: Apr 21 2024 at 23:55 AEST

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