Senior Policy Officer

Supporting thriving, productive and sustainable communities, environments and industries, at DEECA we’re focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable Victoria with thriving natural environments where the community is at the centre of everything we do.
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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Negotiable
Reference: VG/100424
Closing Date: 01-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $105,479 - $127,621
Job Duration: Fixed Term until 30 June 2024
Attachments: PD 100424 VPS5 Senior Policy Officer - FRBP 2023.docx (Word, 965KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Iain McLaren

Position Details

Senior Policy Officer


Location: Flexible within Victoria

Salary: $105,479 - $127,621 plus superannuation

Position No: 100424


Please note: Due to Machinery of Government changes under Section 30 of the Public Administration Act (PAA), effective 1 January 2023, your employment will be with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. Corporate Services, including payroll, will be provided by the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions while a process for the formal transfer of staff in impacted areas is implemented.

The Senior Policy Officer will develop, coordinate, and deliver regulatory and policy inputs into Agriculture Victoria's Exotic Disease Animal Preparedness Program, particularly in relation to implications on animal welfare during an emergency animal disease (EAD) response. The focus of this work is on ensuring that the legislative framework and broader associated policies underpinning EAD responses are in place. The role will also include working closely with other areas of government to ensure intersections with other legislation are understood and considered in the preparation for a response.

The successful applicant will have demonstrated policy skills and experience, strong analytical ability and experience in stakeholder engagement and working across teams. This role requires the ability to work effectively as a member of a team but also be strongly self-motivated.

The role requires good knowledge of Victoria's animal industries (including livestock, pets, and recreational animals), animal welfare and the impacts that a response to an incursion of Foot-and-Mouth Disease or similar would have on those industries, government, and the community. It also requires an understanding of infectious disease control principles and their practical application at the population level, as well as likely broader animal welfare impacts.

This is a fixed term position available until 30 June 2024 with a flexible within Victoria location and hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants should respond to the key selection criteria and submit a resume.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 1 October 2023.  

Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

For further information including the position description, key selection criteria and to apply visit

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