Careers and student placement

Working in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

A career in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) will provide you with  a rewarding experience working in an interesting, challenging and diverse environment. As an employee of the ODPP you have an opportunity to assist in the preparation of, and/or prosecute South Australia’s most serious criminal matters.

The Office provides a comprehensive induction program for all new staff and ongoing professional development is supported through a comprehensive training and development program.

As part of the Attorney-General’s Department , the ODPP is committed to providing a flexible working environment that helps staff balance work with family/life responsibilities, without compromising the high quality of the service we provide to the State of South Australia.

The Office is committed to providing a safe working environment that does not impact or risk the health of staff or visitors in the Office. Staff at the ODPP have access to the following initiatives designed to support staff wellbeing:

  • flu vaccinations
  • flexible working arrangements
  • employee assistance program
  • ongoing training and development opportunities
  • mentoring program

Careers are possible in the following sections within the Office

Legal
Legal

Counsel

The Counsel Section is managed by the Deputy Director –  Counsel. This section, including the Chief Crown Prosecutor, undertakes the prosecution of the most serious criminal please and trials within the District and Supreme Courts.

In addition to the Director, Deputy Director – Solicitor and Deputy Director – Counsel, senior members of the Counsel Section may also undertake appeal work in the Court of Criminal Appeal and in the High Court of Australia.

Solicitor

The Solicitor Section is managed by the Deputy Director – Solicitor. It is the largest section of the Office and resolves around 80% of all the files that commence as major indictable prosecutions in the Office.

In addition to preparing files for trial, solicitor work includes Magistrate Court committals, pre-trial hearings, mental health orders, fraud and drug court matters.

The Solicitors appear in all criminal courts when submissions are made on guilty pleas, when disputed facts hearings proceed and in relation to permission to appeal and appeal arguments.

Senior members of the section, including the Managing Prosecutor, also undertake appeal work in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Business Services
Business Services

The Business Services Section is managed by the Director, Business Services. This section comprises a number of administrative teams including law clerks, secretaries and administrative staff.

Secretarial work includes complex court documents for legal staff as well as providing support to the Witness Assistance Service.

Administrative staff within the Business Services Section undertake significant support services within the Office including reception, a rounds delivery service, human resources, procurement, records management, health and safety and information technology responsibilities.

Law Clerks are managed by the Law Clerk Manager who provides oversight and strategic management to the substantial law clerk workforce. Law Clerks work closely with the Solicitor teams on all matters conducted by the Office.

Witness Assistance Service
Witness Assistance Service

The Witness Assistance Service (WAS) provides a State-wide information, education, support and referral service to victims of crime, witnesses for the prosecution, and their immediate family members in the most serious criminal matters dealt with by the Office.

The WAS provides a range of practical services and emotional supports to those of increased vulnerability due to the type and nature of the criminal offences involving them; or as a result of their personal circumstances.

The WAS ensures that all victims of crime, prosecution witnesses and their immediate family members have access to the information and support services; and are aware of their rights and responsibilities when dealing with the South Australian criminal justice system.

Targeted services and supports are also provided to child and adolescent victims and witnesses, and those living in regional and remote areas.

The WAS is internal to the Office and the Manager, Witness Assistance Service provides oversight and strategic management to a team of Senior Social Work Professionals (Witness Assistance Officers).

Advertisement of Positions

Advertisement of Positions

The Process

All externally advertised vacancies are filled via a merit based selection process.

Once all applications for an advertised vacancy have been received, a letter of acknowledgement will be sent to applicants.  A selection panel will be established and that panel will shortlist applicants for interview. Applicants who are not shortlisted will be notified by letter.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend at interview with the selection panel. The panel will then determine their recommended applicant for the role. The successful applicant will be notified via phone and in writing that they have won the position . All other applicants will be notified via letter that they were unsuccessful on this occasion.

Pools

The ODPP advertises an LEC1and LEC2 pool in September each year.  An LEC3 pool may also be advertised from time to time.  This pool remains active for a period of 12 months. Preferred applicants will be invited to attend an interview and positions will be offered as temporary vacancies arise. If you have been successful in being shortlisted for a pool and you are no longer able to accept a position, please notify the ODPP at your earliest convenience to withdraw your application from the pool.

All vacancies and pools will be advertised on the JobsSA website. You are encouraged to check the website on a regular basis for vacancies advertised by the Office.

Student Placement Opportunities in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

The Office is committed to providing learning opportunities to tertiary students. We are fortunate to have the capacity to offer the following placements to students:

  • Summer Clerkships
  • Practical Legal Training (PLT)
  • Tertiary Student Work Experience

Please see Student Placements Offered to find a placement that may suit you.

Student Placements Offered

Summer Clerkship

Summer Clerkship Program 2020/2021

The ODPP Summer Clerkship is a 8 week program that offers law students in their final years an opportunity to gain practical legal experience within a government and legal environment whilst receiving a salary as a 3rd year adult increment at the ASO1 remuneration level (presently $48,974 pa for 1.0 FTE). The dates for the Summer Clerkship Program are:

Summer Clerkship Dates Closing Date for Applications
Dates to be Announced Dates to be Announced

Eligibility

The Summer Clerkship is only offered to students in their final years of tertiary law studies.

Application

Applications should reflect both academic and personal achievements as well as any relevant legal work experience. To be successful in obtaining a Clerkship within the Office, your application should showcase your interpersonal skills, ambitions and your passion for law.
Applicants must write a short summary of why they are interested in completing their placement with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Please ensure you attach:

  • up to date curriculum vitae
  • copy of  your academic transcript and;
  • contact details of two current referees.

Applicants should register their interest for a Summer Clerkship placement emailing their application to DPPWebmaster@sa.gov.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

Practical Legal Training Placements

Practical Legal Training Placements

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) offers placements to students wishing to complete the Practical Legal Training (PLT) component of their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP). Placements are offered three times per year for four students and are for a period of 6 weeks (225 hours) in accordance with the guidelines set by the Law Society. The PLT program is not a paid program. The periods available for practical legal training are:

Placement Dates Closing Date for Applications
24 February – 3 April 2020 10 January 2020
11 May – 19 June 2020 20 March 2020
17 August – 25 September 2020 19 June 2020

Eligibility 

Only students currently undertaking their PLT/GDLP are eligible.

Placement opportunities are available for students completing GDLP requirements in South Australian and other interstate universities such as ANU Law School and the NSW College of Law.

Application

Applicants should provide a short summary of why they are interested in completing their placement with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Please ensure you attach:

  • up to date curriculum vitae
  • copy of  your academic transcript and;
  • contact details of two current referees.

Applications are to be submitted to DPPWebmaster@sa.gov.au specifying which intake they are in interested in applying for.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply.

Tertiary Study Work Experience

Tertiary Study Work Experience

The ODPP offers a limited number of positions for tertiary students studying law to undertake up to two weeks voluntary work experience within the Office.

Work experience for tertiary students is negotiated and offered during dates outside the PLT and Summer Clerkship dates specified above. The periods available for work experience are:

Work Experience Dates Closing Date for Applications
10 – 21 February 2020 5 January 2020
6 – 17 July 2020 3 May 2020
2- 13 November 2020 6 September 2020

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply students must be in their penultimate or final year.

Work experience is not to be confused with PLT or Summer Clerkship programs.

Application

Applicants should provide a short summary of why they are interested in undertaking work experience with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Please ensure you attach:

  • up to date curriculum vitae
  • copy of  your academic transcript and;
  • contact details of two current referees

Applications are to be submitted to DPPWebmaster@sa.gov.au specifying which intake they are in interested in applying for.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply.

Social Work - Field Education Placements

Social Work – Field Education Placements

The Office provides Social Work placements in the Witness Assistance Services section to final year students studying the Bachelor of Social Work (undergraduate entry), and Masters of Social Work programs (Graduate entry and Qualified Social Work entry). Placements are negotiated with the various Universities on an annual basis.

For further information about Social Work Field Education Placement within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, please speak to your relevant school, faculty or field education placement coordinator.