Senior Lawyer, Legal and Policy

Location: Multiple locations
Classification: Executive Level 2
Work type: Temporary
Employment Status: Full-Time
Closing date: 07-Dec-2021

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Senior Lawyer, Legal and Policy – Registry Interactions and Services

  • Strong legal knowledge paired with policy expertise will be highly regarded
  • 2-year temporary role
  • Role can be based in Sydney or Melbourne

The team 

The Registry Interactions & Services team is responsible for overseeing ASIC's relationship with the Australian Business Registry Service (ABRS) in relation to registry functions, managing a range of professional register transactions, and providing key support to the Modernising Business Registers Program (MBR).

MBR is a significant, high-profile and dynamic cross-agency program that is establishing a new modern registry service – the ABRS within the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) – and is progressively rolling out between 2021 and 2024.

MBR includes the new Director Identification Number (Director ID) regime, hosted on the ABRS.

The Registry Interactions & Services team provides critical support to ASIC by coordinating ASIC's day-to-day interactions with the ABRS on registry matters, managing the staged transition of registry operations from ASIC to ABRS and providing technical expertise to support the MBR program.

The Legal & Policy work of the team includes providing legal advice on registry and related matters arising under the legislation administered by ASIC, supporting interagency engagement on legal matters, and advising on transition activities relating to contracts, records, finance functions, registry transactions, data and branding/communications.

The role 

As a Senior Lawyer you will be required to:

  • Work with other lawyers, program and operational leads to provide high quality legal and policy drafting, advice and guidance on the transition of registry operations and ASIC's registry responsibilities
  • Undertake research (including international comparisons), prepare briefs, engage with other ASIC teams and external advisers on legal issues, and contribute to the law reform process in collaboration with Treasury
  • Advise and assist ASIC stakeholder teams on the implementation of MBR legislation, the operational transition and changes to registry and regulatory functions
  • Contribute to cross-agency (ASIC, ATO and Treasury) governance or consultation forums for MBR and the operational transition
  • Advise on the interpretation of legislation and law conformance relating to data, technology, policies and procedures, privacy, communications and other matters across the MBR Program
  • Display strong leadership skills to deliver on ASIC's strategic priorities and team business plan.

About you

  • A relevant bachelor's degree
  • Admission to practice as a lawyer in an Australian jurisdiction
  • Experience working on projects or legislative reform
  • Experience in giving legal and/or policy advice on the legislation administered by ASIC (e.g. ASIC Act, Business Names Registration Act, Corporations Act, National Consumer Credit Protection Act, Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act).
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the law and government policies that apply to the operations of Commonwealth government agencies (e.g. PGPA Act, Archives Act, Protective Security).
  • Experience presenting information to different audiences through strong business writing and verbal communication skills.

About ASIC 

ASIC is Australia's corporate, markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator. Our vision is for a fair, strong and efficient financial system for all Australians. 

A future with ASIC means that your work will contribute to achieving ASIC's vision. 

ASIC is committed to a providing a diverse and inclusive workplace where the very best talent in Australia chooses to work. Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply as well as applicants from all backgrounds and with different abilities. 

To work with us, you need to be an Australian citizen, and be prepared to complete an ASIC Suitability and Baseline Assessment which is issued ASIC's Security team.  

View the position description for more information or click ‘apply' to start your application.


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