Traditional Owner Project Officer, Outdoor Recreation

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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/100893
Closing Date: 16-Apr-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD 100893 VPS4 Traditional Owner Game Managment Project Officer Aboriginal Designated.docx (Word, 1.05MB)
Job Specification

Contact: Zane Gaylard
0449 076 551

Position Details

Traditional Owner Project Officer

  • Salary: $92,332 - $104,762 (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)


For the purpose of employment in Aboriginal Designated or Aboriginal Prioritised positions within the Victorian public sector, candidates will be asked to provide Confirmation of Aboriginality. This can be confirmed by a Confirmation of Aboriginality form signed by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation and affixed with the common seal of that organisation. Recognising that access to formal Confirmation of Aboriginality documents can occasionally be problematic, an alternative process can be discussed.

The Role

The Traditional Owner Project Officer, Outdoor Recreation, is responsible for contributing to the delivery of the Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy and supporting the development and delivery of Outdoor Recreation policy and programs that impact Traditional Owners.

The responsibilities of the Traditional Owner Project Officer will include:

  • Contribute expertise to a team working on complex projects that impact Traditional Owners, prepare related project scopes and briefs and assist in the delivery of related policies and programs, including the flagship Traditional Owner Game Management Strategy.
  • Contribute to/or undertake research, analysis and development of policy responses and provide accurate and concise evidence-based advice to Ministers and departmental executive on a wide range of complex and sensitive issues that impact on the delivery of departmental programs.
  • Prepare submissions, reports, briefings and correspondence, papers and presentations to senior management, the Minister, RDOR executive and other relevant stakeholders on a range of policy issues that are clear, concise, and grammatically correct and that demonstrates an understanding of the policy, political and legal context.

The Team

The position of Traditional Owner Project Officer forms a part of the Emergency Management and Outdoor Recreation branch within the Regional Development and Outdoor Recreation group.

The Regional Development and Outdoor Recreation group supports the delivery of the Regional Development and Outdoor Recreation portfolios, and the department's emergency management responsibilities. The Emergency Management and Outdoor Recreation Branch coordinates the departments emergency management responsibilities and the delivery of hunting, fishing and boating policy and strategy.   

About You

The successful candidate will ideally have the following skills and experience:

  • Policy Skills: Formulates and communicates public policy options and recommendations; keeps up to date with a broad range of contemporary issues; scans for links and potential implications of proposed policy options; liaises with stakeholders.
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills: Prepares complex briefs, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language; edits written communications to ensure they contain the information necessary to achieve their purpose and meet audience needs; ensures appropriate style and formats are used.
  • Stakeholder Management: Identifies issues in common for one or more stakeholders and uses to build mutually beneficial partnerships; identifies and responds to stakeholder's underlying needs; uses understanding of the stakeholder's organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved; find innovative solutions to resolve stakeholder issues.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Zane Gaylard, Manager, Game Policy 0449 076 551.

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: We are accredited as a Disability Confident Recruitment (DCR) organisation and committed to inclusive recruitment. 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.

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 addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

For all “JSE eligible” candidates, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position. Priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Applications close at midnight on 16 April 2024.

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