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Legal Counsel

Date: 20-Jun-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

Company: Australian Unity

  • Opportunity to work from our fantastic Melbourne office
  • Full Time, permanent position
  • We’re for Real Wellbeing.


Join us and let’s make a bigger difference together.

It’s an exciting time to be joining Australian Unity – we have grown significantly over recent years and are transforming to capitalise on further growth opportunities to help our customers and employees thrive. We operate with commercial principles and with a strong social purpose to create community value. Australian Unity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Established in 1840, we’re Australia’s first member-owned wellbeing company.  Today we have over $1 billion in revenue and provide smart solutions and services to more than 700,000 Australians.  We employ over 7000 people and our purpose is to Help People to Thrive.


Your New Role Looks Like This:

The Legal Counsel will deliver high quality, independently-minded and commercially-focused legal services, aligned to the strategic and commercial drivers of businesses within the Retail platform, part of the Australian Unity Group. This will include the following key activities:

  • Provision of high quality independently minded and commercially focused legal advice on a wide range of matters affecting the Retail platform in a timely and effective manner.
  • Facilitate and promote the role of the Retail Legal and broader Governance (Risk & Compliance) team to operational staff.
  • Act in a manner that is consistent with attracting and maintaining legal professional privilege in relation to sensitive or high-risk matters.
  • Support the Retail Platform to develop a mature understanding on the implementation of specific compliance and legislative requirements.
  • Implement and maintain appropriate legal practice management techniques to manage workload, provide focus and ensure regular updates can be provided to instructors.
  • Support the GM Legal, Risk & Compliance in driving legal and governance-related projects, as required.
  • Drive the adoption of streamlined and compliant contractual processes and documentation that satisfy business needs, whilst appropriately managing legal risk.
  • Manage and resolve claims, disputes and litigation in a manner that produces efficient and effective outcomes that are in Australian Unity's best interests.
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of applicable regulations and their impact, or potential impact, on Retail’s businesses, in particular its private health insurance and general insurance distribution businesses.


About You:

  • Undertaken relevant education. Tertiary qualifications in law
  • Admission as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory
  • Current practicing certificate
  • 7 or more years of relevant experience in private practice or an in-house legal function
  • Experience in managing legal support staff or junior
  • Experience dealing with senior management and regulators


Your Benefits:

You will enjoy a range of great employee benefits and rewards including:

  • Competitive Remuneration and Incentive Program
  • A range of attractive product and service discounts from Australian Unity’s Retail and Wealth Management portfolio – including health insurance and banking products
  • Supported Learning and Career Development program
  • Flexible Working Arrangements including Work-From-Home days with a real work-life balance
  • Available access to LinkedIn Learning courses through our great Learning platform
  • Additional paid Wellbeing and Community Volunteer Days yearly


What Makes Us, Us

Putting people first is not just something we say, it's what we do. We care for our people so they can care for themselves and our customers. We stay true to our values (Bold, Warm, Honest), we work hard because it matters and we work well together – collaborating, encouraging and even managing to have some fun.


At Australian Unity we do the right thing and we expect the same from others. Being a member-owned company, means we're focused on our members and customers, not shareholder returns. Our purpose to Help People to Thrive, drives us to make a real difference, every day, big and small. We are passionate about improving the wellbeing of all Australians and about making a positive difference.


** All Australian Unity employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19.


Australian Unity is an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from all members of the community, including people of Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander descent, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and, mature aged people.