Casual Workplace Investigator

Location:Canberra

About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law.

Our people are our greatest asset. We bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice our clients need. How we share our knowledge across our business, and with our clients, is critical in delivering value to our clients.

We currently have 27 offices in 16 countries and a number of referral relationships that enable us to offer the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 420 partners and a further 1,450 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, we are able to respond to our clients wherever and whenever they need us.

Our clients value us for being approachable, astute and commercially minded. As a global team we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients in innovative ways.

Ashurst regards an inclusive and diverse environment as critical to its business success. Accordingly, the firm encourages applications from candidates representative of all talent pools. Find out more about our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy on the "About Us" section of our website.

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Job overview:

Each Workplace Investigator will be responsible for conducting:

  • misconduct investigations (including relating to bullying, harassment, discrimination, fraud and safety);
  • investigations of whistleblowing complaints under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013; and
  • environmental scans - reviewing the culture of an area or team.

Workplace Investigators will be supported by an investigation (administrative) assistant to review relevant documents, prepare letters of allegation and correspondence to parties/witnesses, set up interviews, conduct interviews an prepare interview notes/statements, and prepare an investigation report.

All investigations will be subject to quality assurance review by an Ashurst Employment partner.

Essential skills and experience:

  1. Familiarity with APS Code of Conduct and Public Service Act
  2. Experience conducting workplace investigations for the APS
  3. Experience conducting investigations of whistleblowing complaints under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013
  4. Excellent written communication skills (and experience drafting letters of allegations, witness statements and investigation reports)
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills (and experience interviewing witnesses)
  6. Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  7. Experience making findings about witness credibility
  8. An ability to project manage, prioritise and meet tight deadlines

Investigators will also be required to attend and participate in a 2-2.5 day practical training program conducted by the Ashurst Employment team.

Career advancement:

An established Associate Career Path Framework is in place clearly defining expectations and outlining opportunities for promotion.

Secondment opportunities:

Opportunities often arise for associates to spend time on secondment in house with a key client of the firm. From time to time, secondment opportunities also come up within other Ashurst offices in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.