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Chief Executive Officer - The Judicial Commission of NSW

Organisation / Entity: Communities and Justice
Job category:
  • Senior Executive | Chief Executive
Job location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney City
Job reference number: 43867-39078008
Work type: Full-Time
Closing date: 03/06/2022 - 11:59 PM


Chief Executive Officer
The Judicial Commission of New South Wales 


•    Location: Sydney CBD
•    Salary Range from $318,755 to $354,200

The Judicial Commission of New South Wales, an independent statutory corporation established under the Judicial Officers Act 1986, is seeking a dynamic Chief Executive with the ability to provide leadership and vision to shape and deliver the organisation for the future.

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About the Chief Executive Officer role

The role requires an understanding of the complexities of the NSW justice system and the critical role of judicial officers in that system; an ability to develop constructive working relationships with heads of jurisdiction and Commission members and to lead and revitalise the organisation and its employees in the discharge of its statutory functions. 

The Chief Executive is responsible for ensuring that the Commission meets its statutory obligations which include: providing ongoing judicial education, disseminating information on sentencing to achieve consistency in imposing sentences and examination of complaints against judicial officers in New South Wales relating to their ability or behaviour.

The Chief Executive has the overall responsibility for the general conduct and the efficient, effective and economical management of the functions and activities of the Commission to achieve its objectives.  

Apart from responsibility for the Commission’s overall operations and compliance with its statutory duties, the Chief Executive will be expected to develop a strategic plan for the Commission and implement it under the Commission’s supervision.

The Chief Executive reports to the President of the Commission, who is the Chief Justice of New South Wales, and is accountable to the members of the Commission.


The Chief Executive must have tertiary qualifications in law, and the ability to provide dynamic leadership of the Commission which comprises some 36 full and part-time employees and has a budget of approximately $6.7 million.

A candidate should desirably have experience in a senior role in one or more of the following areas: 

  • handling of complaints against judicial officers or legal professionals or an equivalent regulatory role; 
    the provision of judicial or continuing legal education;
  • research in relation to the judiciary and the legal profession and issues affecting the performance, development and wellbeing of judicial officers;
  • technological assistance to courts in terms of gathering and analysis of data such as in relation to sentencing in the criminal justice system and in the development of systems to assist courts in the management of their caseloads and the provision of electronic services to their registries;
  • management of the practice of law or administration of courts;
  • management experience in any of the above areas.

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Remuneration and terms and conditions

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated commensurate with qualifications and experience of the successful candidate in the range of the top of NSW Public Service Senior Executive Band 2.

The appointment is for a term of 5 years renewable at the option of the Commission, and subject to a probationary period of 6 months.

Essential Employment Screening Requirements:    

Appointments are subject to reference checks, The names of three referees should be supplied together with their contact details.  Appointments are subject to reference checks

The role will require the following check/clearance:

  • National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014
    It is an essential requirement of the role that successful applicants are fully vaccinated and able to provide acceptable proof of vaccination status.

As part of Pre-Employment screening checks, evidence of vaccination is required.

Evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status can include;

  • a vaccination certificate or other evidence from a vaccine provider;
  • an immunisation history statement which can be accessed from Medicare online or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
  • a statement of their vaccination history which they can request from the Australian Immunisation Register;
  • a record from a health practitioner, which includes a medical certificate

Should you be successful in gaining employment and you require to seek an exemption for a medical contraindication, you will be required to complete a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Exceptional Circumstances Form prior to being onboarded.

Applying for the role 

  • Please submit a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) and attach a copy of a current resume (no more than 5 pages). 
  • All applications should also include details of three referee details.

If you have any enquires with relation to the role, please contact Chris D’Aeth, Principal Registrar and CEO of the Supreme Court of NSW on chris.daeth@justice.nsw.gov.au

All applications close on Friday 3 June 2022 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Thank you for your interest in the Chief Executive Officer role with Judicial Commission of NSW