Project and Policy Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1797634JUNE2024
Closing Date: 20-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: 36 months
Attachments: Position Description - D00885 - VPS4 SGRU Project and Policy Officer - June 2024.docx (Word, 541KB)

Contact: Mary Gillingham-A/Manager, Research and Assessmet
0476 528 698 or

Position Details

  • Utilise your expertise to provide support and advice to key stakeholders.
  • Fixed term (3 years) Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 4: 92,332 - $104,762 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 Stolen Generations Reparations Unit (SGRU) was established to implement the Reparations Package to help address the trauma and suffering caused by the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families, culture and Country. The Research and Assessment team assesses and conducts research to support applications for the Package, manages the relationships with record-holding agencies to access applicant removal records, develops policy and strategic responses to support the delivery of the Package, and supports the Independent Assessment Panel (Panel). The Panel determines the eligibility of applications to the Package and, in its capacity as a Review Panel, reconsiders the eligibility of applications found ineligible for the Package. The establishment of the Panel ensures that determinations of claims are made by an Aboriginal-led body at arm's length from government and that any decision-making for monetary reparations includes Aboriginal people.

About the Role

As the Project and Policy Officer, Research and Assessment, you will manage the Secretariat for the Independent Assessment Panel (Panel) including the coordination and administration of meetings, meeting papers, correspondence, briefings, action register and associated tasks, and provide support to senior colleagues in the development of policy, processes and briefings to deliver the Stolen Generations Reparations Package.

This role requires strong organisation and communication skills, including demonstrated experience of writing for government and knowledge of government systems.  It will support key activities that involve working with Aboriginal people who have lived experience of trauma and in depth understanding of both the principles of cultural safety, and the gravity of this reform for impacted Aboriginal Victorians.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Provide key support and secretariat services for all meetings of the Independent Assessment Panel (Panel), including, coordination of meetings, circulating agendas and meeting documents in a timely manner, ensuring meeting minutes are properly recorded and distributed and responding to Panel requests, as well as coordinating meetings and performing other similar duties.
  • Assist with the development of Panel and other project papers, including reports, analyses, governance documents and presentations.
    • Monitor and report on project status, participate in and facilitate project meetings and prepare a range of project documents as required.
    • Maintain effective documentation and records, ensuring relevant minutes, reports, submissions and correspondence are reviewed and filed accurately.

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 it.

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

-          Demonstrated experience developing, implementing and/or coordinating efficient project administration systems and processes.

-          Demonstrated experience providing secretariat support to a board, advisory group or similar.


A qualification in project management, business management, public administration or a similar field would be well regarded.

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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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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