Senior Policy Adviser (Multiple Roles)

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is focused on growing Victoria’s prosperity, building the productive capacity of our economy and increasing participation – by creating more opportunities for people through skills and jobs; helping businesses and industries to thrive; and building vibrant communities and regions. For more information, see the DJSIR Strategic Plan 2023-2027

Established on 1 January 2023, our work spans numerous portfolios, supporting departmental ministers and operating across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.
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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/091032A
Closing Date: 16-Apr-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PPU - VPS5 091032 090284 PD Senior Policy Adviser.docx (Word, 190KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Brent Carney, Principal Policy Adviser

Position Details

Senior Policy Advisor

  • Salary: $106,534 – $128,897 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Ongoing role
  • Usual hours of work: Full time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne (flexibility may be available)

The Role

Accountabilities include but not limited to:

  • Participate in specialist project teams established to address priority issues across the department's portfolio areas
  • Analyse data, collate evidence and engage with stakeholders
  • Produce concise and compelling reports, briefs and submissions
  • Establish and manage stakeholder relationships to ensure the effective delivery of projects
  • Employ best practice project management disciplines to ensure projects are delivered on time and to the agreed scope and objectives

The Team

The position of Senior Policy Advisor forms a part of the Economic Policy, Projects and Coordination Group and Priority Projects Unit. This unit supports the department with strategy development, priority reforms and problem-solving across the department in collaboration with relevant branches and stakeholders. The unit operates like an internal management consulting team. We are focused on delivering value to our clients through strong project management disciplines, structured thinking, robust data analysis and compelling communication.

About You

As a Senior Policy Adviser, you will work on priority projects across the department's portfolios including jobs, skills, investment attraction, industry development, innovation, regional and suburban development, the creative industries, sport, tourism and major events.

You will be a part of a high-performing team that operates like an internal management consulting firm to support joined-up strategy and policy development across the department.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Proven analytical and conceptual skills, including an ability to structure problems, analyse data and communicate solutions to decision-makers. This requires the ability to bring structured thinking to ambiguous problems, engage in robust development and debate of ideas, and ability to pivot quickly in changing circumstances.
  • Excellent understanding of public policy and government processes, including familiarity with contemporary policy challenges across the department's portfolio areas and proven experience contributing to policy formulation and implementation in the public sector.
  • Demonstrated project management capabilities with experience on public sector projects, including experience planning and contributing to the implementation of large-scale projects in complex environments.
  • Very strong written, visual and verbal communications skills – including understanding style and tone suited to different audiences and ability to develop client-ready outputs such as concise and engaging PowerPoint decks, reports, submissions and briefings with minimal oversight. Demonstrated stakeholder and relationship management skills to build trust, collaboration and consensus across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to thrive and work collaboratively with other team members in a fast-paced environment with high expectations and tight deadlines, within a culture of feedback, continuous development and supportiveness.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Brent Carney, Principal Policy Adviser at

The department is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation. We have zero tolerance of child abuse and are committed to taking the necessary steps to protect children from harm by adopting a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety in accordance with the Child Safe Standards.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

Please note: If you require an adjustment to participate in any stage of the recruitment process or have a particular requirement to be communicated with by either telephone or email only, please notify the DJSIR Recruitment Team at with the position number in the subject line.

We respect and welcome people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, abilities, and cultures.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter.

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 16 April 2024.

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