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Career Opportunities

Do you want to work for an employer dedicated to creating and maintaining extraordinary places on the world’s best harbour?

Then consider working for the Harbour Trust. By striking a balance between innovation, environmental protection, community expectations and heritage conservation, we seek to leave a lasting legacy for all Australians; namely, a network of vibrant public domains where visitors can enjoy unique experiences.

Career opportunities with our organisation include positions in environmental management, marketing and communications, planning, project management, business development, and property management.

As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

Note: The Harbour Trust does not accept unsolicited employment applications. When a job vacancy becomes available, it will be listed on the job board below or advertised on online job marketplaces, either by the Harbour Trust or by appointed recruitment agencies.

See also: About the Harbour Trust and Volunteering for the Harbour Trust


Current vacancy: Legal and Risk Officer

The role of the Legal and Risk Officer is to effectively support the Chief Legal and Risk Officer (CL&RO) to deliver the following key functions in support of the Harbour Trust and the Sydney Harbour Foundation Management Ltd:

  • Legal advice and drafting
  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • FOI requests and privacy matters
  • Non-financial audit

This is a contract role offered for an initial 12 month term. Applications close on Friday 30th August 2019 and should be forwarded to Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Key duties include


  • Day to day management of corporate risk, compliance and audit matters for the Harbour Trust and assist the CL&RO to prepare relevant reports to the Executive, Board of Trustees and Portfolio Audit Committee;
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a range of contracts (including events licenses, property leases, confidentiality agreements and procurement contracts);
  • Providing legal advice on a range of legal issues including privacy, FOI, employment, property and procurement;
  • Manage a range of Harbour Trust registers and assist the Chief Legal and Risk Officer with work required for Sydney Harbour Foundation Management Ltd;
  • Assist the CL&RO to maintain current Delegations of Authority;
  • Assist the CL&RO to monitor contracts entered into by the Harbour Trust, ensuring compliance with Harbour Trust and Commonwealth guidelines;
  • Review and assist with the quarterly compliance process;
  • Assist the Records Officer to manage responses under Freedom of Information and privacy legislation;
  • Support the business units of the Harbour Trust comply with Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines;
  • Manage Conflict of Interest Declarations;
  • Assist with maintaining, updating and reporting on a range of operational and strategic risk registers across the organisation;
  • Assist with the review of tender processes and procedures and with draft tender documentation;
  • Assist with the scoping and coordination of non-financial audits; and
  • Assist the CL&RO with legal matters as required.

Qualifications and other requirements

To be successful in this role you will have a Legal degree and up to 3 years PAE in a law firm or in-house environment and hold a NSW legal practising certificate.

Additionally, you will have high-level communication skills with a demonstrated ability to draft and negotiate contracts and write and implement procedural documents and prepare structured reports. Sound skills in Microsoft Office applications is also required.

Contractual drafting experience, experience providing legal advice across issues such as privacy, FOI and legislative compliance and knowledge, or ability to acquire knowledge, of Commonwealth Procurement Rules and tender processes would also be highly regarded.

Finally, experience in implementing risk management principles and plans and the ability to quickly gain an understanding of, and commitment to, the issues relating to the Harbour Trust would be highly desirable.

Australian citizenship or the ability to work in Australia is essential, and a Police Check will be conducted prior to commencement.