Head of Events

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Administration / Secretarial
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1695429
Closing Date: 10-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: 12 Months
Attachments: Position Description - VPS6 Head of Events - August 2022.docx (Word, 167KB)
Job Specification

Position Description - VPS6 Head of Events - August 2022.pdf (PDF, 204KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Nikki Mott

Position Details


The Head of Events oversees the delivery of high-profile events for Victorian Government ministers and Department of Health executives to support communications and engagement outcomes. 

The role manages a team of events professionals who deliver a range of ministerial and stakeholder events, as well as awards programs across the health, mental health and wellbeing and ageing portfolios.

Your organisational skills, eye for detail, flexibility and quick thinking will be crucial in supporting a busy team to deliver a large number of events.

You will lead the Communication and Engagement Branch's relationship with important stakeholders, including Ministerial Offices, Senior Executives across government and a range of health services and external agencies.

You will work closely with branch colleagues, senior executives, and relevant business areas within the department to ensure that delivery of events are of a high standard, effective and are clearly aligned to the department's strategic plan.

Are You:

  • A strong people manager who can lead and motivate a high performing team and collaborate with others to make a difference?
  • A confident communicator who can develop strong working relationships with stakeholders and tailor services to provide a high quality service?
  • An experienced events manager with excellent organisational skills and an eye for detail?


  • Forge strong connections across the department and with external stakeholders to facilitate a business partnership approach.
  • Work closely with policy and program areas to plan, implement and evaluate events.
  • Effectively manage and provide leadership to a team of employees by:Provide strategic thinking and future planning and oversee change management initiatives and integrated approaches to enhance compliance with department-wide policies.
    • leading and supporting individuals to achieve their potential and contribution to organisational goals and outcomes
    • modelling behaviours integral to good people management and departmental values
    • where relevant, managing and monitoring specific improvement objectives in annual improvement plans relating to the area of responsibility
    • pro-actively building and maintaining positive relationships with peers and stakeholders across the organisation.
  • Represent the department on key government and non-government committees and bodies concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives.
  • Undertake reconnaissance prior to events to influence outcomes on media opportunities, look and style of event, advancing events, as required.
  • Develop and implement policies and processes for events across the department and its ministers. Work with senior management to set and achieve key performance indicators and standards.
  • Provide communications advice and work collaboratively across the department to ensure the delivery of effective communications that are of a high written and visual standard and comply with departmental and whole-of-Victorian Government guidelines.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Be team orientated and self-motivated, with a strong work ethic and a 'can do' approach in the workplace.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be up-to-date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment. This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19. Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made. If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through https://www.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-exchange rather than via external advertisement.

For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.health.vic.gov.au>

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