Policy Lawyer and Senior Policy Lawyer

Closing Date:  23/04/2024

Canberra, ACT, AU Perth, WA, AU Melbourne, VIC, AU Adelaide, SA, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU

Band:  AFP Broadband 3-8 (Legal)
Command/Portfolio:  CLC - CHIEF COUNSEL

Job Details


EMPLOYMENT TYPE - Ongoing Full time; Temporary Full time for a period of 24 months 


AFP BAND & SALARY - AFP Broadband 3-8 (Legal), $69,224.00 - $132,391.00 



This advertisement is to fill current vacancies and create a merit pool for future ongoing or non-ongoing vacancies arising over the next 12 months.


Did you know?


The mission of the Australian Federal Police is to provide dynamic and effective law enforcement to the people of Australia. It provides policing throughout Australia in relation to the prevention and detection of crimes against the Commonwealth, its laws and integrity, and community police services to the Community of the ACT.


Working for the AFP provides you with a diverse and rewarding career. Whether you immerse yourself in a position on the frontline, or provide critical operational or professional support, the work you do makes a big impact on the people of Australia. 


We recognise your contribution to our workforce and offer generous remuneration and conditions including:


  • Six weeks (30 days) of paid annual leave per year + additional paid Christmas stand down 
  • 4 extra mandatory leave rest days per year 
  • 18 days of paid personal leave per year
  • Generous superannuation of 15.4%
  • 16 weeks of paid maternity leave (after 12 months of service) + an additional 36 weeks of maternity leave without pay
  • Generous salaries and incremental salary progression governed by the AFP Enterprise Agreement 
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangement that provides work/life balance
  • Health & wellbeing services – with a focus on early intervention, education and prevention
  • Access to ongoing training and professional development opportunities

What is the role?

Do you have a passion for identifying innovative policy ideas and achieving positive operational outcomes? The Criminal Assets Litigation team within the Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce has vacant Policy Lawyer positions and also intends to create a 12 month merit pool for future vacancies. 

The appropriate band level will be assessed for the successful candidates according to their experience and skill set against the AFP work level standards. These roles work closely with litigation lawyers and investigation teams and provide a challenging opportunity for legal policy practitioners who enjoy problem solving, exploring new subject areas and developing strong policy to support operational outcomes. 

The AFP-led Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce adopts an intelligence led, coordinated and proactive approach to the confiscation of assets related to Commonwealth and international crime. It brings together expertise in investigations, litigation, intelligence, forensic accounting, legal policy and other specialist resources and representatives from key partner agencies including the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), Australian Border Force (ABF) and Australian Transaction Analysis and Reporting Centre (AUSTRAC). The main aim of the taskforce is to enhance the identification of criminal assets and benefits derived from crime, and to pursue their confiscation.

Criminal Assets Litigation (CAL) is a key part of the Taskforce and Policy Lawyers are part of the CAL team, working alongside litigation lawyers and investigators. CAL is responsible for conducting civil litigation on behalf of the Commissioner under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) and for international referrals under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 (Cth), as well as providing legal advice to the Taskforce and the Commissioner on proceeds of crime and related matters. 

CAL’s Legislation and Policy team works on a broad range of matters including providing high quality input into legislative reform proposals, policy development, submissions to parliamentary inquiries, and documents negotiated by international bodies. The team regularly liaises with internal stakeholders including, Legislative Reform, Strategic External Forums and Ministerial teams within the AFP, and external stakeholders including at the Attorney-General’s Department and Department of Home Affairs. The team works collaboratively and creatively to identify innovative solutions to policy and legislative issues. 

In this role you will also be required to contribute to the achievement of outcomes in accordance with the regulatory framework, the AFP Code of Conduct and the AFP Governance Instruments. It is expected that the successful applicant will deliver on the core responsibilities and meet any requirements of the position as outlined below.

What will you do?

You will work with litigation lawyers, investigators and other internal and external stakeholders to develop innovative law reform proposals, input into policy development and the negotiation of documents developed by international bodies, and strategy for the confiscation of criminal assets. We don’t expect applicants to be experts in asset confiscation, however, applicants need to be enthusiastic and open to exploring new subject areas, building expertise and taking up new opportunities. 

Your duties may include:

  • working closely with internal and external stakeholders to identify, develop and implement legislative changes;
  • drafting or responding to policy and legislative reform proposals and providing input into parliamentary inquiries;
  • conducting legal research and providing advice on issues relevant to asset confiscation;
  • providing input in relation to documents produced by various international fora;
  • assisting in responding to intergovernmental reviews including review mechnisms in relation to the Financial Action Task Force
    Recommendations and United Nations Convention Against Corruption; and
  • preparing briefings for the Criminal Assets Litigation executive and AFP executive.

Please see candidate pack for more information on these roles. 

Essential Requirements


  • You must be an Australian Citizen at the time of application.
  • Either hold a current practising certificate as an Australian Legal Practitioner or be eligible to apply for one.
  • A minimum of 12 months Post Admission Experience.
  • A Negative Vetting 1 (Secret) security clearance, or ability to obtain one.
  • Hold tertiary qualifications in law and possess contemporary relevant legal policy knowledge and experience.
  • Demonstrated willingness to maintain currency in legal knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development and learning opportunities outside the formal education process.

Desirable Requirements


  • An understanding of legislative and parliamentary processes. 
  • Experience in Commonwealth criminal law, asset confiscation, litigation, international cooperation and/or law enforcement.

Additional Information

Opportunities are available in ACT, NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA. Flexible hybrid work from home arrangements will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Selection Criteria

Policy Lawyer (Band 3-6)

  • Organises work, makes sound decisions and achieves outcomes.
  • Communicates and works effectively with other people.
  • Applies technical knowledge, expertise and skills.

Senior Policy Lawyer (Band 7-8)

  • Achieves results
  • Contributes to strategic thinking
  • Cultivates productive working relationships
  • Shows personal drive and integrity
  • Communicates with influence



Please submit the following documents via our Jobs portal prior to the closing date and time:

  • Resume/CV - This will form the basis for determining your suitability against the position requirements and give the panel a clear outline of your current knowledge and qualifications along with previous experiences. Please include your work history, responsibilities and achievements.
  • Applicant pitch (maximum two pages). Ensure your pitch tells us why you are the best fit for the role, with examples that demonstrate your capabilities addressing the selection criteria, role requirements and work level standards for the role.

Only complete applications will be considered. Please review and ensure the uploaded documents are correct for this application after submitting your application.

Due to the expect large number of applications feedback will not be provided to candidates who are not invited for an interview.

Recruitment Process


Applicants who have demonstrated their suitability for employment through their resume and application, may be invited to a formal interview. Using the relevant AFP work level standards as a guide, you may be asked a range of questions to demonstrate your skills and abilities. These could include behavioural based scenario questions. Read our guides for applicants to find out how to prepare for you interview.  

Employment Suitability


Should you successfully progress from the application stage all applicants must:


  • Complete an Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ) and provide a traffic history check and proof of Australian citizenship. This aids in the assessment of your character and your ability to comply with the AFP's professional standards both in an official and private capacity. Please review our AFP Character Standards to ensure that you meet our requirements before you submit your application. Applicants will not receive feedback if they are unsuccessful at this gateway.
  • Have your fingerprints taken if an offer of employment is made.
  • Undertake mandatory drug testing for illicit drugs. This sample could include; urine, saliva or hair.
  • Proof of a minimum of two COVID-19 vaccinations (or one dose if the Janssen vaccine was used) will be required if an offer of employment is made. 
  • Satisfactorily undertake a security clearance to the level specified for the position.  

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion


Diversity and inclusion is an operational priority for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). To be an effective police force, we must be reflective of the community we serve, working across languages, cultures and transnational borders. The 2023-26 Diversity & Inclusion Strategy is the guiding framework for delivering the AFP’s diversity and inclusion goals and reflecting our commitment to being an employer of choice, incorporating diversity and inclusion principles in day-to-day practice and building a psychologically and culturally safe workplace. This includes hiring people from diverse backgrounds who bring their lived experience to contribute, and add value, to the AFP. Find out more about how the AFP embraces diversity and inclusion.

Contacts and Closing Information


Contact Officer - Simona Timmins,

Contact Officer Phone: 02 5126 0487,

Contact Officer Email: Simona.Timmins@afp.gov.au

Applications Close: 11:59pm (AEST) 23/04/2024


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