41273 - 01PEL

Legal Policy Officer
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 04 June 2020

Classification: Senior Officer Grade B
Salary: $126,577 - $147,494 plus superannuation
Position No: 41273 - 01PEL
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 19 May 2020
Contact Officer: Dannielle Nagle on Dannielle.Nagle@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1811

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Three Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including early childhood services, youth and women’s health, dental health, mental health and alcohol and drug services.

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance and harm minimisation. The participation of the people who use the service, including families and carers, is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including peoples home. These services include:

  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services, and
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services

Overview of the Work Area and Position

The Legal Policy Officer will provide support and advice to Justice Health Directors on a broad range of operational and administrative matters including submissions and working with other ACT Government agencies to achieve positive legislative outcomes. The 2 key initial tasks will be to provide recommendations for legislative pathways for patients with forensic mental health issues, develop and recommend court diversion pathways and review Justice Health Service’s compliance against the various legislative frameworks it operates under.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

Highly Desirable

  • A degree in law from an Australian tertiary institution or comparable overseas qualification
  • Relevant qualifications and experience in human services legal policy review and development.
  • An understanding of the Human Rights Act 2004 and the criminal justice system

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.


This is a temporary position available for 11 months.

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This is a temporary position available for 11 months.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services
Policy, Programs and Projects