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Lawyer - Public Law, MSD Legal

Date:  04-Aug-2022

Wellington, NZ


About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



Lawyer - Public Law



Permanent position x 2


Location: National Office, Wellington 

Put your legal skills and experience to work, helping New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent 



We are looking for two Lawyers to join our supportive and cooperative team and provide quality legal services for the Ministry of Social Development. 

The focus of this role is to advise on public law matters and operational and policy change. This includes policy development, regulatory and legislative reform and some drafting of secondary legislation. It involves working closely with our internal clients and the Parliamentary Counsel Office. 


We have a great culture of collaboration and support in the team, so you’ll get lots of hands on experience, and great mentoring from more senior lawyers.


Government legal team experience, in depth knowledge of Social Security, Privacy, OIA, Bill of Rights and Treaty of Waitangi law are desirable.


All our Lawyers will have the opportunity to assist across the areas undertaken by the broader legal team.


Our Lawyers must:


  • Build great working relationships
  • Provide clear legal advice on complex issues
  • Support teamwork
  • Hold a current New Zealand practising certificate (or be eligible to hold one)



You’ll join an inclusive and fun environment where we celebrate achievements and prioritise development. Our team values diversity and we welcome flexible working.








The Lawyer role has a salary range of $83,011 to $101,458 ($92,235 midpoint) dependent on experience.






How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key responsibilities listed in the position description. 


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date:  Thursday, 18 August 2022






Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.


MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated prior to 1 September 2022. From 1 September 2022 MSD's policy will be to encourage, but not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.