Senior 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 children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1785072MARCH2024
Closing Date: 21-Apr-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - VPS5 Senior Policy Officer.docx (Word, 542KB)

Contact: Joe Tigani - 0407 834 827

Position Details

  • Senior Policy Officer – Ongoing/full time role available
  • Provide strategic and authoritative policy advice
  • VPS5 $105,479 - $127,621 plus superannuation

Emergency Management

Emergency Management includes the department's emergency management accountabilities delivered through Emergency Management Victoria, Emergency Recovery Victoria, Sector Performance and Reform and emergency management statutory entities and offices. The work of the group supports the emergency management sector to work together and to strengthen the capacity of individuals, communities, government, agencies and business to achieve our shared vision of safer and more resilient communities and to rebuild and recover after an emergency.

The Business Unit

Emergency Recovery Victoria (ERV) is responsible for state and regional coordination for all emergencies to help communities build back better and emerge stronger.

The Natural Disaster Financial Assistance (NDFA) team is responsible for the administration and assessment of Victoria's Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). The NDFA team also prepares the DRFA acquittal on behalf of the State of Victoria across all the DRFA financial assistance measures including the assurance and audits activities. The team works collaboratively across the sector to identify and implement process improvements to the DRFA to ensure the efficiency and adherence to the requirements.

About the Role

The Senior Policy role within ERV will lead the Commonwealth's Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) reform agenda and other reviews. This will involve working with a range of stakeholders across the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments and Local Government Authorities. In addition the role will lead and facilitate a number of continuous improvement projects.

About You

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Broad knowledge of Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (or similar arrangements) and experience in dealing with Commonwealth arrangements and negotiations.
  • Demonstrated skills in mapping end to end processes along with identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • A strong understanding of government policy, processes and governance.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

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

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


  • For this particular vacancy, 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.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.




The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.

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