Principal Legal Policy Officer (VPS6.1)

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1786374JUNE2024
Closing Date: 24-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: EMV124 - Position Description - VPS6.1 Principal Legal Policy Officer.DOCX (Word, 542KB)

Contact: Angelica Suarez on 0401 099 958

Position Details

  • Ongoing full time VPS6.1 role in a high-performing, friendly and supportive team
  • Oversee the delivery of legislative reform projects and legal policy advice for the emergency management portfolio
  • Provide team leadership and build positive stakeholder relationships to facilitate a partnership approach across a range of interesting projects
  • VPS6.1 salary from $130,673 - $152,772

About Emergency Management Victoria

EMV leads emergency management in Victoria by working with government, agencies and business to strengthen their capacity to withstand, plan for, respond to and recover from emergencies. EMV is a statutory entity and is part of the Department of Justice & Community Safety (the Department). The Department, through the Secretary, employs EMV staff and provides corporate functions to EMV. EMV is led jointly by the Chief Executive (CE) and the Emergency Management Commissioner (EMC).

What we offer

  • The opportunity to perform meaningful work, making direct contributions towards maximising the ability of the emergency management sector to work together and ensure safer and more resilient communities.
  • A wide range of growth and development opportunities within EMV.
  • A strong commitment to work-life balance, including flexible working arrangements.

About the role

Reporting to the Manager, Legal Policy and Legislation, the Principal Legal Policy Officer delivers innovative and expert strategic and authoritative legal policy advice to the Director, other senior Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and Departmental officers and the Minister on a wide variety of issues related to emergency management in Victoria.

The Legal Policy and Legislation team within EMV is well regarded for our commitment to excellence in delivering accurate and timely legal policy advice, along with our positive team culture and strong commitment to staff support and development.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Contribute to and oversee the development and delivery of significant projects within the Minister's emergency services legislative program including through consultation and negotiation in relation to options for legislative change and the preparation of Cabinet and Parliamentary documentation.
  • Oversee project delivery of key legal and legislative policy initiatives including recognising potential barriers and developing effective ways to deal with them.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, support and guidance to team members to ensure informed and integrated delivery of policy initiatives and projects, the development of capability and the fostering of a continuous improvement culture in the business unit and within EMV.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and develop options for implementing innovative strategies to facilitate a partnership approach.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor or equivalent legal qualification conferred by a university in a common law jurisdiction.
  • Demonstrated expertise in legislative development in Victoria and in providing authoritative legal policy advice along with leading, developing and implementing significant and complex evidence-based program or policy initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Experience in effectively managing stakeholder relationships and facilitating innovating solutions to resolve issues as required.
  • Strong leadership skills with a focus on team development and promoting positive organisational culture.
  • Knowledge of emergency management would be advantageous.

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.

Enquiries about this position should be directed to Angelica Suarez, Manager Legal Policy and Legislation on 0401 099 958.  




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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