Careers with ASIO

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Assistant Director Senior Lawyer
Ongoing - Permanent
$120,282 - $134,407
The Opportunity
Are you seeking a career within an intelligence agency where you can contribute and make a difference to security of Australia? An exciting opportunity exists for suitably qualified senior lawyers at the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). We are looking for experienced and passionate people across various legal disciplines. There are a number of positions available.

ASIO's Legal Services Division is a professional in-house legal practice providing expert legal advice to support ASIO's operational and corporate functions, and to manage ASIO's representation in courts and tribunals. The Division works with international and domestic partners including law enforcement, intelligence agencies and other Commonwealth and State departments.

ASIO provides advice to the Australian Government to protect Australia, its people and its interests in today's complex and changing world. To be successful in this mission, we need talented people who are highly capable, dedicated, adaptable and resilient. Our people are our most important assets, we are ordinary Australians but we do extraordinary things.
Our roles make a difference and contribute to something bigger than just a bottom line.

Role Responsibilities
We are looking for senior lawyers with excellent technical skills across one or more of these key areas:

Statutory interpretation  Administrative law
Criminal law and law enforcement
Commercial and employment law

The successful applicants will report to a Director in the Legal Services Division. You will collaborate closely with business areas and focus on quality client service. You will work as part of a team, across various geographic locations, to support ASIO's mission and priorities, and will engage directly with senior officers.

Key attributes
We are keen to hear from candidates with the following attributes:

Experience in providing excellent legal services, ideally in an operational environment.
Familiarity with, or the ability to quickly become familiar with, national security legislation.
A client focus providing practical approaches to complex legal and policy issues in an uncertain environment.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and consult stakeholder proactively.
Innovative thinking with strong strategic awareness, including engaging with risk.
Strong oral and written communication skills; and
At least five years post admission experience in legal practice, or comparable experience.

Applicants must have a recognised law degree from an Australian tertiary institution or a comparable overseas qualification recognised in Australia. Applicants must be admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in a State or Territory of Australia.

ASIO provides a number of benefits to its staff including:
A competitive salary, including a 7.5 per cent allowance for maintaining a Positive Vetting security
Employer superannuation contributions of 15.4 per cent;
A variety of leave options, including four weeks annual leave;
Flexible working hours/arrangements to assist you to maintain your work-life balance. (Please note:
due to our unique working environment, work from home options are not available)  
Seven staff-led diversity and inclusion networks;
Study assistance, including financial support and study leave for tertiary education; and
Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

To be eligible for the role, you must be:

An Australian citizen; and
Assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Positive Vetting security clearance

ASIO is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected. We welcome and value applications from all eligible candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age or disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Please advise us if you require any additional assistance in order to fully participate in the recruitment process or the workplace.

Employment conditions
Employment is under the ASIO Act 1979. Conditions of service are similar to those applying in the Australian Public Service. We recognise entitlements accrued under the Public Service Act 1999 and provide for continuation of superannuation under the Commonwealth schemes. Salary packaging arrangements are also available.

Positions are available in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

Closing date and time
Sunday 1 August, 11:59pm AEST

How to apply
Click on ‘Apply Online' to commence your application. Your application must be complete and include the following:

A statement of claims, of no more than 800 words against the selection criteria, using examples to
demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the requirements; and
An up-to-date CV, no more than two pages in length.

All employment decisions and selection processes within ASIO are based on merit principles and candidates must be prepared to undergo multiple selection stages.  

ASIO holds all employment applications in the strictest of confidence. It is essential that you do the same. Please do not discuss your application with others as doing so may adversely affect your potential employment.

Selection Criteria
With reference to ASIO's People Capability Framework (available on the ASIO Careers page), provide examples of your key attributes while demonstrating the following selection criteria:

Strategic Thinking
Achieving Results
Productive Working Relationships
Personal Drive and Integrity 
Communication with Influence
Demonstrated skills and experience

If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact ASIO Recruitment at or phone (02) 6257 4916. 

ASIO thanks all applicants for their interest in applying. In accordance with ASIO policy, unsuccessful candidates will be notified but will not be provided with feedback on any aspect of the selection process.

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