Project Legal Counsel

The West Gate Tunnel Authority (WGTA) is responsible for the management of the West Gate Tunnel Project on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Contracts to build the project were signed in December 2017 and WGTA is working in a Public Private Partnership with Transurban. The West Gate Tunnel will provide a much-needed alternative to the West Gate Bridge. It will reduce travel time, improve freight access to the Port of Melbourne and remove thousands of trucks from local streets. In addition, it will create around 6000 jobs and deliver an approximate $11 billion boost to Victoria’s economy.

The WGTA was established in June 2016 as an Administrative Office within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

Construction is underway on the West Gate Tunnel Project and the project is due to open to motorists in 2022. For further information on this exciting project visit:

The Role

  • One of the largest Public Private Partnership infrastructure projects ever built in Victoria
  • Executive Remuneration Package (EO3)

The West Gate Tunnel Authority (WGTA) has an opportunity for an experienced Project Legal Counsel to join the Commercial and Legal team on the West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP).

The Project Legal Counsel will report directly to the Director Commercial and Legal, to provide high quality, authoritative and effective advice and support on complex legal and risk management issues relating to the WGTP. The role will also interface with the project’s external legal advisors to ensure a consistent and agreed approach is taken on legal positions which support the project scope and requirements.

The successful candidate will demonstrate effective leadership attributes and a collaborative approach to stakeholder management, with an ability to foresee stakeholder risks and intervene to avert issues before they arise. Key skills and experience desired include:

  • Extensive experience in complex infrastructure projects, ideally within a PPP framework
  • Strong understanding of government processes as they relate to major projects, ideally within a roads and/or transport sector environment
  • High level experience in the provision of expert legal advice on major infrastructure projects
  • Advanced leadership, negotiation and commercial skills

Searchlight Group are pleased to be partnering with the West Gate Tunnel Authority to recruit this position. Download an Information Pack by registering your details below, click on the submit button and wait for a link to appear to download the Pack. Call Michael Holdway on (03) 9600 1137 or 0400 006 513 with any further questions.

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