Principal Policy Officer

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of young people and recognises that young peoples’ rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1626965A
Closing Date: 03-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - YJ0517 - VPS6 - Principal Policy Officer Operational Reform (1).docx (Word, 539KB)

Contact: Linsey Thomson on 0417 307 052

Position Details

  • Deliver high-priority operational policy reform in a dynamic environment
  • Affect positive change to ensure safety and support for young people in custody
  • Fixed term until 30 April 2023
  • VPS6 - $127,467 - $170,579 plus superannuation

About us

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for the supervision of children and young people in the criminal justice system. The two Youth Justice Custodial Precincts in Victoria are managed by the department. Parkville Youth Justice Precinct is located in the inner northern Melbourne suburb of Parkville, and Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct is located approximately 100 kilometres north of Melbourne.

Youth Justice is responsible for the statutory supervision of children and young people in contact with the justice system in Victoria. Youth Justice works with these children and young people to address the underlying causes of their offending behaviour and help them to achieve positive change in their lives.

The Operational Reform team within Youth Justice leads the development and delivery of high-priority reforms to Youth Justice custodial operations. The team is responsible for leading operational policy reform in consultation with executives, staff and young people, as well as drive project management of these operational reforms.

What does a Principal Policy Officer do?

As a Principal Policy Officer, you will work effectively as part of a small team to deliver operational policy reform within a complex and dynamic environment. As a senior member of the team, you will provide high-level advice to Youth Justice executives, the Secretary and Minister on operational policy and the delivery of reforms. This role will:

  • Drive operational policy reform to support Youth Justice custodial facilities and help young people achieve positive change in their lives.
  • Deliver responsive and expert advice to senior stakeholders.
  • Develop high-quality written and verbal briefings submissions and presentations on policy issues and policy matters.

What skills should a Principal Policy Officer have?

  • Sound knowledge of and/or experience in Victorian government administrative processes.
  • Ability to provide high-level public-sector policy advice to a broad set of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of current policy direction, research and issues within youth justice and the criminal justice system more broadly, or the ability to understand these issues quickly.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex operational, policy and legal issues.


A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (ie. public policy, criminology) is desirable.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role, please refer to the attached position description

What's in it for you?

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we provide every person with the means to achieve their potential through ongoing learning and development opportunities in a diverse, equitable and supportive environment.

We look for people who are prepared to do their very best in line with our values and behaviours. Our values shape and influence how we recruit, train and develop our staff and build relationships with stakeholders.

We will also provide you with professional development opportunities, an employee assistance program, access to job opportunities across the Victorian Government, salary packaging and much more.


If you have any queries, please call Linsey Thomson on 0417 307 052 or email

If this sounds like a compelling job that you believe your skills would be a great match for, please APPLY NOW. Applications close Sunday 3 July 2022.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience for the position.

Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Please note: there are no Key Selection Criteria (KSC) questions required for this application and you do not need to separately address any KSC.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

During the COVID-19 pandemic all of our assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using online tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates and staff. No face to face contact is required and induction training will also be completed online for those who are successful in securing a position with us.

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and

without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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