Following the resignation of Mr Michael O’Farrell SC as Solicitor-General of Tasmania the Government of Tasmania is seeking expressions of interest from suitable legal practitioners who wish to be considered for appointment to the statutory office of Solicitor-General.

The Solicitor-General performs the following functions:

  • acts as counsel for the Crown in right of Tasmania or for any other person for whom the Attorney-General directs or requests them to act;
  • performs other duties ordinarily performed by counsel as the Attorney-General directs or requests them to perform; and
  • performs such duties as are imposed on them by the Solicitor-General Act 1983 or under any other Act.

Interested persons must be an Australian lawyer of not less than 7 years’ standing as a practitioner.  Practitioners who have been appointed as Senior Counsel are particularly encouraged to apply.

Persons lodging an expression of interest are asked to provide a comprehensive curriculum vitae, with names of three professional referees provided.

Enquiries to Ginna Webster, Secretary Department of Justice on (03) 6165 4943 or email

Closing date:  Sunday 12 September 2021

Conditions of employment including salary details are available below.

Expressions of interest should be marked ‘Personal & Confidential’ and addressed to or:

Ginna Webster
Department of Justice
GPO Box 825
Hobart, TAS 7001

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Term of appointment

Your initial appointment will be for a period of 10 years.

The Solicitor-General’s conditions of employment are similar to those employees of the Tasmanian State Service.  Those conditions are fully described in the Tasmanian State Service Award.  The Solicitor-General is also classed as a State Service employee for the purposes of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and the Long Service Leave Act 1995.

If you are a State employee you may retain all your existing and accruing rights on appointment.


Your salary is $464,729 per year in accordance with the Solicitor-General Act 1983. The salary of the Solicitor-General is equivalent to and tied to 100% of the salary of a Puisne Judge of the Tasmanian Supreme Court.  The salary level of Judges is reviewed annually in accordance with the Supreme Court Act 1887.


Employer superannuation contributions of 10% of salary are paid and you will have the option to salary sacrifice additional superannuation contributions.

Motor vehicle

You will be entitled to the official and private use of a fully maintained motor vehicle with private plates of a type and under conditions approved by the Government from time to time.


The Solicitor-General is entitled to reimbursement for the actual cost of all reasonable expenses incurred on official business, and as a consequence of travelling on official business intrastate, interstate or overseas.  The Government may issue guidelines concerning reasonable travel expenses from time to time.

Relocation expenses

Upon appointment you will be entitled to reimbursement of the reasonable relocation expenses actually incurred if you have to move to Hobart.


You will be entitled to various types of leave as follows.

  • Personal, recreation, parental and bereavement are in accordance with the Tasmanian State Service Award.
  • Holidays with pay in accordance with the Tasmanian State Service Award.
  • Any other paid or unpaid leave as may be determined by the Minister.