Company Beyond Law Job Title Beyond Law Location National Posting Date 2020-06-21 00:00:00 Closing Date 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Job Code Category Government Department Shift Australian residents only Job Type Education Pay Rate Pay Range Duration Travel Job Description A unique opportunity for barristers and solicitors to broaden their experience in the areas of civil, administrative, international and operations law. As a Legal Officer in the Australian Army Legal Corps, you will work in the broad fields of disciplinary, administrative, operations, civil and commercial law as well as dealing with legal aid requirements. Military legal practice and its emerging requirements constitute an exciting and ever expanding field of expertise. Entry If you are already a degree qualified professional, and looking for a job that offers satisfaction, excitement and a challenge, and the opportunity to utilise and further develop your management and leadership skills, then you may wish to consider a career as an Officer (Graduate Only) in the Australian Regular Army. On appointment as an Officer (Graduate Only) in the Army, you will complete the Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course at the Royal Military College Duntroon, ACT. This initial officer course consists of two modules (Foundation Skills and Basic Officer Skills) each of 16 days duration but completed as one block of training. Graduate (Reserve) If you are already a degree qualified professional, and looking for a job that offers satisfaction, excitement and a challenge, then you may wish to consider a career as a Specialist Service Officer (Graduate Only) in the Australian Army Reserve. The Army Reserve will also provide you with the opportunity to utilise and further develop your management and leadership skills. Specialist Service Officers are enlisted direct to their unit and are required to complete the Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course (SSO FAC) which is described in the ‘Military Training’ section. Further information on part-time ADF careers can be found by accessing the Defence Reserves Support Council website. The Council promotes the benefits of Reserve service by establishing partnerships with the community and employers. Pay & Allowances Graduate Salary (excluding allowances) on appointment will be at Competency level 1, $56,953 per year ($2,184 per fortnight). Uniform Allowance at a rate of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) is paid to assist members to maintain an approved scale of uniforms in good order and condition. Service Allowance at the rate of $12,924 per year ($497 per fortnight) is paid to compensate for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family. Salary will continue to increase on Competency level, rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details. Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation. Graduate (Reserve) While undergoing Initial Officer Training, degree qualified trainees receive $108.35 per day. On completion of Military Training, daily rates of pay for degree qualified Reserve Force Officers commence at $140.44 per day. In addition to your salary, a Reserve Allowance of $13.15 per day is payable to compensate for the unique demands of Reserve Service. Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details. General Requirements Age Requirement Graduate Must be aged between 17 and 56 years inclusive on date of entry. Graduate (Reserve) Applicants must be aged between 17 and 60 years of age inclusive on entry. Citizenship Requirement Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF. If you are a Permanent Resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment. More information on citizenship requirements and the citizenship waiver process is available from the Recruitment Centre and your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre. Security Requirement Full Time Reserve The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant’s suitability for a security clearance. Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period. Aptitude Requirement The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests including verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date. Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test. The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities. Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here. Education & Experience Graduate, Graduate (Reserve) To be appointed as an Army officer under this stream, you must be registered as a Barrister and/or Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, or of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory of Australia, or to have passed all examinations for admission. Documentary evidence of registration must be produced. Medical & Fitness Requirements Graduate To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination. You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF. Graduate (Reserve) To be appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination. You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before your appointment. For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF. In exceptional circumstances, based on Service needs, candidates for Army Reserve Specialist Service Officer (Professional Qualification) may be able to undertake the Basic Fitness Assessment (BFA). The BFA consists of a 2.4 km run/walk or 5km walk (only applicable to some members), push-ups and sit-ups. The standard required will be determined by your age. Period of Service Graduate You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of three years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation. Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation. Graduate (Reserve) All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake volunteer service until the age of 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service. Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time. Military Training Graduate, Graduate (Reserve) Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course The Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course (SSO FAC) aims to prepare specialist officers (both ARA and ARes) to perform their specialist role within the Army. The course currently consists of two modules: Foundation Skills and Basic Officer Skills. All SSOs are required to complete the Foundation Skills Module (16 days) in order to graduate. Foundation Skills Module The aim of the Foundation Skills Module is to introduce SSOs to service life and individual foundation skills. The module is 16 days in duration and trainees are instructed in weapon handling, personal routine in the field, first aid, service communications equipment, drill, and military customs and ethics. For ARes members, the Foundation Skills Module may also be delivered by agents external to Royal Military College (RMC-D), but within the RMC-A formation (ie: University Regiments). Basic Officer Skills Module The aim of the Basic Officer Skills Module is to provide SSOs with the essential command, leadership and management skills required of an officer. The module is 16 days in duration and is conducted in barracks at RMC-D. Trainees are instructed in command, leadership and management theory, service discipline law, communications, the Defence organisation, personnel administration, risk management, customs and traditions, and basic operations. One of the underpinning themes of this module is the development of the trainee’s officer qualities. In order to best identify with the officer environment, the trainee needs to spend time living in the environment. Consequently, this module has been designed for delivery by RMC-D at Duntroon. It is not suitable for delivery at external locations. Assessment Assessment of SSOs is conducted by practical and theory examinations plus observation reports. Some assessments are deemed critical and as such are barriers to progress to further training. A trainee must be competent in the critical assessments and have no more than one Not Yet Competent (NYC) recorded for the remaining assessments IOT progress to the next module of training. A Record of Attainment (ROA) is issued for each module of the course. Physical Fitness Levels Physical fitness is an important part of SSO training. Trainees are to complete an Initial Fitness Assessment (IFA) on arrival at RMC-D. The purpose of the IFA is to confirm that the trainee is capable of undertaking field and related training during the course. Trainees failing this assessment will be required to undergo an immediate medical examination to determine if they should proceed in training. Trainees undertaking the Basic Module are required to pass a Physical Fitness Assessment. Trainees failing this assessment will be recorded Not Yet Competent (NYC) on their Record Of Attainment and are required to pass a standard PFA in their posted unit within six months. ARA and ARes Attendance ARA SSOs will be required to attend the Foundation and Basic Modules as one block of training. ARes SSOs must complete the Foundation Module, and may later attend the Basic Module if required. The SSO FAC is undertaken on completion of academic studies and in your first year of posting. Currently the SSO FAC is scheduled to commence in April and September each year. During RMC (Military Training) members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities. Employment Training Graduate Legal Training Modules (LTMs) Legal Officers will complete the Legal Training Modules (LTMs). The Military Law Centre (MLC), in conjunction with the University of Melbourne Law School conducts the Legal Training Modules (LTMs). LTM 1 is the distance education package. This package equips the member with the basic knowledge to work as an ADF legal officer at entry rank level. LTM 2 consists of the following subjects: • Military Administrative Law • Military Discipline Law • Military Operations Law • Advocacy for Military Lawyers Successful completion of all four subjects will result in the award of a Graduate Diploma in Military Law from the University of Melbourne. These subjects equip the legal officer with the knowledge and reference materials to work at the tactical and operational level at the senior CAPT(E) TO MAJ(E) levels. LTM 3 comprises three weeks attendance and is divided into three compulsory subjects as follows: • Advanced Military Administrative Law • Advanced Military Discipline Law • Advanced Military Operations Law The Master of Military Law degree comprises these three subjects plus five other Masters level subjects. These subjects equip the legal officer with the knowledge and reference materials to work at the operational and strategic level at the senior MAJ(E) TO LTCOL(E) levels. Additional information may be obtained from the Legal web site. Employment Location Graduate Legal Officers are posted to legal positions within the various Army regional and formation Commands and Army Office. The geographical locations of these postings are; Adelaide, Albury/Wodonga, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Kapooka, Melbourne, Oakey, Perth, Puckapunyal, Sydney and Townsville. Preferred Skills ]]>