Careers with ASIO

Job Vacancies

AE5 and AE6 Lawyers
Ongoing - Permanent
$85,624 - $106,629
The Opportunity
Are you seeking a career within an intelligence agency where you can contribute and make a difference to security of Australia? 

Exciting opportunities exist for suitably qualified Lawyers at the AE5 (APS5) and AE6 (APS6) level. We are looking for lawyers in the early stages of their career, who are curious, creative thinkers to be part of our team, working across a range of 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. We provide on the job training and structured continuing legal education activities, and you can expect to get experience across the practice.

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
ASIO is looking for early career lawyers with some experience of legal practice. We are particularly interested in lawyers with some exposure to, or interest in working in:

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

The successful applicants will report to an Assistant Director (AEE1) in the Legal Services Division and will be part of a team working across various geographic locations. As a member of the team, you will work closely with business areas and focus on quality client service. 

Key attributes
We invite applications from candidates, at the AE6 level, with the following attributes: 

Experience in providing legal services, ideally in an operational or investigative 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;  
Thorough research and analytical skills;
Strong written and oral communication skills;
Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and consult stakeholders proactively; and
At least 3 years post admission experience in legal practice, or comparable experience.

We invite applications from candidates, at the AE5 level, with the following attributes:

Experience in providing legal services;
The ability to demonstrate a client focus;
Thorough research skills;
Good written and oral communication skills;
The ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and consult stakeholders proactively; and
At least 1 year 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 clearance;
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 of the role that you are applying for; 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 various 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; and
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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