Senior Policy Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/17945872024
Closing Date: 30-May-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: D01545 Senior Policy Officer KJU - MAY 2024.docx .docx (Word, 538KB)

Contact: Erin Penberthy on 0428 594 226

Position Details

  • Utilise your expertise to provide support and advice to key stakeholders.
  • Ongoing, Full-Time/Part-Time Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5: $106,534 - $128,897 plus superannuation.


This is an Aboriginal Prioritised position, a role for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, who will be given priority consideration as per the special measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.


About the Business Unit

The Koori Justice Unit (KJU) is a unit within the Aboriginal Justice Group of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), which has been established to help realise a clear vision of a fair and accessible justice system for Aboriginal people.

The KJU is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement - Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja - currently in its fourth phase (AJA4), in partnership with the Aboriginal community and Victorian government, in line with realising Aboriginal self-determination. The AJA has established extensive Government and Community networks through the Aboriginal Justice Forum (AJF), Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee Network (RAJAC) and the Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committees (LAJAC) and uses them to effectively deliver initiatives including early intervention and prevention programs, diversion initiatives, and rehabilitation and reintegration support.


About the Role

As the Senior Policy Officer, you will have primary responsibility for the development and coordination of Aboriginal Justice policy advice to support the implementation of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, and work closely with other business units within the Aboriginal Justice group and broader department to support contribution to whole of government policy frameworks in Aboriginal Affairs. You will have responsibility for providing strategic advice on monitoring and implementation of the AJA and other Victorian and Commonwealth Government Aboriginal Affairs Frameworks.


Some of your duties will include:

  • Utilising high level experience, and in partnership with Aboriginal Communities, provide strategic and operational policy advice in relation to strategic Aboriginal justice policy matters, with minimal supervision.
  • Develop high level reports on complex issues including Ministerial briefs, discussion papers, and submissions, and provide analysis and strategic advice on key emerging issues for Aboriginal people in the Victorian justice system, with minimal supervision.
  • Lead and coordinate Aboriginal justice policy advice to support the AJF, Aboriginal Justice Caucus and network of RAJACs, and assist strategic direction and decision making to drive the AJA and enable self-determined solutions.


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:

-          Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it.

-          Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and work effectively with the Victorian Aboriginal community.

-          Demonstrated knowledge of policy development and implementation.

-          Demonstrated experience in advocacy and delivering policy and legislative reform through community consultation and targeted engagement.


A relevant tertiary qualification in law, public policy, Aboriginal affairs or similar is desired.


Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Aboriginal candidates are encouraged to contact if they would like cultural support and guidance through the application process.'

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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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