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Adviser or Senior Adviser to the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee

Making a difference to legislative design: 1–2 year secondment or fixed term opportunity for an adviser or senior adviser

We have a rare and exciting opportunity for a legal and policy adviser or senior legal and policy adviser to join the Parliamentary Counsel Office in its work supporting the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee.

The Legislation Design and Advisory Committee is a committee of public and private sector experts appointed by the Attorney-General to drive quality in legislative design. The Committee is responsible for the Legislation Guidelines, Government’s key point of reference for assessing whether legislation is well designed and consistent with fundamental legal and constitutional principles. The Committee has three key roles:

  • advising departments and Ministers on how best to design legislative proposals to comply with the Legislation Guidelines, and reporting to the Attorney-General on key issues of concern
  • making submissions to select committees on Bills that raise significant legislative design, constitutional and public law issues
  • maintaining, improving, and engaging with the public and private sector on the Guidelines.

The Adviser or Senior Adviser will work closely with the chair and the members to set the strategic focus of the Committee’s work programme, provide core advice to support its decisions and thinking, track emerging trends and issues, develop advice and submissions, engage with the Attorney-General’s office, and grow capability on Guidelines issues. The Adviser or Senior Adviser works as part of a small team in the Parliamentary Counsel Office that reports to the Drafting Stewardship Manager.

This is a rare opportunity to combine strategic thinking, policy and legislative development experience, and enthusiasm for legislative design, all while working with respected senior officials and external advisers with deep experience in legislative design and on interesting cross-government issues. You will work at the heart of Government and, through being at the Parliamentary Counsel Office, gain exposure to issues arising from the development of legislation, Cabinet decision making, and the Parliamentary process.

The role is designed to be filled through 1–2 year secondments, to enable you to bring your experience in legislative design to the Committee, and for you to take your knowledge back to your core role. However, we would also consider fixed term employment.

The role is full-time, but there is flexibility to consider part-time hours and other flexible work arrangements.

For more about the role see the job description and person specification below.

Applications close: 5 pm Monday 17 May 2021

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Job description


Fixed term Adviser or Senior Adviser to the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee (LDAC)


Parliamentary Counsel Office
Reserve Bank Building
No 2 The Terrace

Reports to

Drafting Stewardship Manager

Fixed term

12–24 months

Liaises with

Chair and members of the Legislation Design and Advisory Committee
Officials from government departments and other government agencies
Deputy Chief Parliamentary Counsel (Drafting)
LDAC secretariat team members
Other Parliamentary Counsel Office staff


The primary purpose for the position is to provide secretariat services and policy and legal support to the LDAC. It will also provide additional resource in the team to facilitate building greater synergy between the LDAC and the PCO and to undertake stewardship initiatives that have benefits for both LDAC and PCO. 

Key accountabilities

The accountabilities of the Adviser or Senior Adviser to the LDAC include:

  1. supporting one of the LDAC main subcommittees
  2. taking notes for the LDAC’s Bill meetings and Strategic meetings
  3. working with LDAC subcommittee members to prepare written advice to instructing departments on the development of proposed legislation
  4. assisting in tracking issues considered by the LDAC and its subcommittees
  5. developing a record of the LDAC’s jurisprudence, including for the annual report
  6. assisting in developing, reviewing, and publishing supplementary material for the Guidelines
  7. assisting in researching issues for the LDAC
  8. assisting in reviewing particular Bills and writing submissions
  9. assisting in maintaining the website
  10. any other duties related to the purpose of the position.

Person specification


1.      The applicant must have a New Zealand law qualification and experience in a legal or policy role (relating to the development of legislation).  Two to four years’ experience in such a role is desirable for an adviser role and 7 plus years’ experience is desirable for a senior adviser role.

Skill requirements

2.      The work requires a sound understanding of the law and the legal and constitutional principles set out in the Legislation Guidelines and the ability to identify, research, and analyse complex legal issues and policies.

3.     Experience in or interest in legislative development, the parliamentary process, machinery of government and public law issues is a must.

4.     Some project co-ordination experience will be an advantage.

5.     The ideal applicant will:

  • have personal integrity
  • have a willingness to learn
  • be comfortable working independently or as part of a team
  • build and maintain effective internal and external interpersonal relationships, with an ability to manage differing views
  • exercise sound judgement
  • work cooperatively with people at all levels
  • effectively and efficiently perform work of a high quality to completion
  • have initiative, be proactive and be comfortable coordinating input from others
  • successfully manage multiple priorities
  • have excellent clear written and oral communication skills
  • have good attention to detail, and accuracy.

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