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Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Information about the CDPP

The Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) is an independent prosecution service established by Parliament under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 (Cth) (the Act) to prosecute alleged offences against Commonwealth law.

The CDPP aims to contribute to a fair, safe and just society by delivering an effective, independent prosecution service in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth. The CDPP:

  • aims to be fair, consistent and professional in everything it does
  • recognises, values and develops the knowledge, skills and commitment of its people
  • works efficiently and effectively in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth
  • works collaboratively with its partner agencies to assist them in advancing their goals and priorities
  • treats victims of crime with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • provides information to the public about Commonwealth criminal law and prosecutions.

The CDPP operates nationally with offices in each capital city, Townsville and Cairns. The Office carries out prosecutions in the courts of every Australian state and territory and is also responsible for prosecuting offences in Jervis Bay and Australia's external territories. Further information about the CDPP may be obtained from the CDPP's website.

Role of the Director

The CDPP operates as an independent agency within the Attorney-General's portfolio. The Director is appointed by the Governor-General and is the accountable authority as head of the Office of the CDPP. The Portfolio Budget Statement 2022-23 for the CDPP lists the budget as $134.5 million and the average staffing level as 464.

The primary function of the Director is to institute and conduct prosecutions for offences against the laws of the Commonwealth as outlined in the Act. The Director is also responsible for setting the strategic direction for the CDPP and leading the operations of the Office.


To be eligible for appointment as Director, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Be a legal practitioner and have been a legal practitioner for not less than five years.
  2. Have, or be able to hold, a Negative Vetting Level 2 security clearance. To be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance, you must be an Australian citizen and have a checkable background.
  3. Disclose all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, that may conflict with the performance of their duties, including any other place of employment. This is an ongoing requirement of the role.

Selection criteria

In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, and in accordance with the guidelines on merit-based selection of APS agency heads and statutory office holders, applicants will need to demonstrate their capability against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates high level leadership and vision
    • sets a strategic vision and inspires others to achieve this
    • innovative in dealing with issues
    • articulates a clear direction for their organisation
  • Manages large and/or complex operations
    • achieves results within the context of organisational and/or Government policy
    • strong people management skills
    • strong financial management, ensuring efficient, effective and ethical use of resources
    • understanding of and commitment to quality organisational governance
  • Works with others to meet objectives
    • operates collaboratively with others to meet organisational objectives
    • cultivates productive relationships
    • listens to people and values different perspectives
  • High level of judgement
  • Demonstrates a high standard of professional and personal integrity and capacity to promote these in an organisation.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate:

  • a detailed knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice framework, and
  • the ability to exercise the powers, functions and decision-making responsibilities of the CDPP under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 (Cth) and in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth.

Terms and conditions

The successful applicant will be appointed as Director on a full-time basis for a period of up to 7 years. The term of appointment will be determined by the Government. The position can be based in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Brisbane. Other locations may be considered. Remuneration and allowances for the position are set by the Remuneration Tribunal. Remuneration Tribunal (Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Full-time Public Office) Determination 2022 can be viewed on the Remuneration Tribunal website. Applicants who presently receive a Commonwealth or State or Territory parliamentary pension or superannuation, or other related payments, should seek appropriate advice about remuneration.

How to apply

Applications must include:

  • an expression of interest, of no more than 4 pages, including a statement of claims against the eligibility and selection criteria as outlined
  • a resume of no more than 6 pages outlining qualifications, experience and expertise
  • the names and contact details of two referees who have direct and relevant experience of the applicant’s work. Applicants will be notified prior to referees being contacted.

Applications close at 11.59 pm (AEDT) on Sunday, 11 December 2022. To submit an application please follow the link at


For a confidential conversation regarding the role, please contact Jonathan Beaumont, Chief Executive Officer, Beaumont&Beaumont on 02 6126 4500 or via

Assessment process

Applicants will be initially assessed by a panel on their written application. Shortlisted applicants will be further assessed by the panel at interview.


All advice and communication will be sent to applicants via email. Please ensure the email address provided is correct.