Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel

  • Full time permanent with flexible working availability.
  • Thriving South Australian based Head Office. 
  • Supportive and high-performance team environment. 


At Credit Union SA, we are as passionate about our state as the over 54,000 people who choose us for their everyday banking needs. They know that we are here to help them thrive because we are South Australians too! We are a member owned organisation, which means we put our members interests at the centre of what we do, so our focus is on them, their families, and communities.

We use our profits to benefit our members and the local community to help South Australians thrive. That’s our purpose and what we do every day through our partnerships with local organisations such as Zahra Foundation, St John’s Youth Services and Foodbank SA. The education community is also a significant part of our identity, with our School Impact Program offering essential funding for schools. We have pledged $1 million dollars over the next ten years to support future generations in our great state.

Thrive at Credit Union SA

At Credit Union SA, we want you to feel comfortable and empowered in your work. We value and support diverse thinking, collaboration and innovation. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, and we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, experience and cultures.

We appreciate people who have integrity, a desire to help others and the motivation to work to their full potential. We love to see our staff grow and succeed in their careers, so they can thrive, and with many of our staff having progressed their careers with us, we think we are doing something right.

We understand that thriving comes in many forms, and we offer a range of benefits for our staff including a free on-site gym, a paid day off to celebrate your birthday, and another paid day off each quarter to help you do the things that fill your cup. That’s 5 extra days of leave, on top of career development opportunities and a range of discounts through our staff banking benefits, with special deals and offers all year round from our partners.

About the Role

We’re looking for a passionate and driven Company Secretary and Senior Legal Counsel who will be responsible for ensuring that Credit Union SA complies with standard financial and legal practice and maintains high standards of corporate governance. Reporting to the Chief Impact Officer and General Counsel, the Company Secretary will play an integral part in maintaining relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and ensuring that the company meets all compliance and regulatory obligations.

The responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to the following:

  • Holding statutory responsibility as Officer of Credit Union SA Ltd and compliance to regulatory obligations in relation to Company Secretary duties.
  • Meeting the legal, statutory, and regulatory obligations of the company.
  • Maintaining and managing Credit Union SA’s statutory registers.
  • Providing managerial, secretarial support and advice for all Board and Board Committee meetings.
  • Ensuring records of members’ and directors’ meetings are kept in compliance with the Act and the Credit Union SA Constitution.
  • Managing the annual board processes.
  • Ensuring Credit Union SA complies with its statutory obligations, ensuring requirements of regulators are met.
  • Directing and coordinating legal research to ensure that relevant legislation is understood in advance and potential impacts managed across the organisation and facilitating the management of outsourced legal and audit services.
  • Being appointed as a Fit and Proper Officer under APRA’s APS 520 Fit and Proper
  • Being involved in matters relating to risk management, corporate responsibility, board policy formulation.

About You

You will need to have experience and demonstrated knowledge in the following areas and be able to address the below in your Cover/Application Letter:

  • Tertiary qualifications suitable for the role of Company Secretary e.g. Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.
  • Ability to hold Legal Practicing Certificate.
  • A deep understanding and significant experience in governance, risk and compliance principles, practices, legislation and regulation.
  • Strong experience working as in-house legal and/or corporate law expertise underpinned by sound commercial attitude towards legal issues.
  • Experience and understanding of the financial services legislative and regulatory environment.
  • Advanced level knowledge of Excel and the Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Experience in conceptual, analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and curiosity with the ability to collaborate across functions.
  • Highly developed risk and statistical analysis skills underpinned by and complex strategic risk and compliance management techniques.
  • A deep understanding of change management, conflict resolution, negotiation and presentation skills and practices.
  • Positive, proactive and results driven with a drive to succeed.
  • Flexibility and commitment to meet short lead times and transaction timelines.
  • Ability to work independently and manage a scheduled reporting schedule against ad-hoc demands.
  • Self-motivated with high levels of personal accountability, confidentiality and proactivity.

Applications in Microsoft Word or pdf format only should be forwarded to the attention of Steve Newman, Senior Manager People and Development.

As an equal opportunity employer, Credit Union SA has created a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and values the contribution of all people. We encourage applications from all suitably experienced individuals.

We are actively looking to fill this role and reserve the right to shortlist and interview applicants whilst this advertisement is open so encourage you to submit your application at your earliest opportunity.

Quoting Reference Number: V0293

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