Principal Project Officer

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 all Victorians. We’re focused on supporting Victorians to be as healthy as they can; whether through alerting them to seasonal risks like thunderstorm asthma, notifying them of contact with communicable diseases, safeguarding their drinking water, developing the best health, wellbeing and care facilities in the world, being at the forefront of mental health and wellbeing treatment or accelerating medical research. It’s all part of the way we partner with the community to help every individual lead a healthy life.
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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/-1798648
Closing Date: 18-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: EH722939-VPS-6-PrincipalProjectOfficerVCDC.docx (Word, 142KB)
Job Specification

EH722939-VPS-6-PrincipalProjectOfficerVCDC.pdf (PDF, 120KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Annette Gilchrist

Position Details

About the role: 

The Principal Project Officer will drive a range of strategic projects and initiatives in support of the Manager of the Data Collections team in the conduct of the Victorian Cost Data Collection (VCDC) on a broad range of issues, initiatives, and projects.

This position:

  • Provides high level organisational and strategic support and will lead VCDC data collection and improvement priorities and opportunities.
  • Leads the provision of well-informed advice, stakeholder engagement and alignment of key strategic priorities across the VCDC. 
  • Provides key analytical support and advice on implications to the VCDC as well as the National Hospital Cost Data Collection (NHCDC)
  • Is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely submissions to the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority and providing advice to this body on costing related issues of concern to Victoria
  • Leads and manages costing studies related to delivery of services for specific programs, with the focus of the team varying over time as priorities change.

About us: 

At the Victorian Department of Health we want a future where Victorians are the healthiest people in the world. A Victoria where our children and people thrive, our workplaces are productive and safe, and our communities are more connected.  

We see it as our job to support Victorians to stay healthy and safe. And to deliver a world-class healthcare system that ensures every single Victorian can access safe, quality care that leads to better health outcomes for all. 

Suitable applicants will be able to demonstrate:

Manage and oversee the full life cycle of projects to meet division objectives including:

  • Leading research, analysis and implementation of complex projects based on defined outcomes and outputs.
  • Managing and overseeing projects or sub-projects and being accountable for the successful delivery and completion of the projects/sub-projects within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects to ensure divisional objectives are met.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and authoritative advice to internal and external stakeholders and prepare detailed comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs and agency submissions on complex matters.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate a partnership approach.
  • Where responsible for overseeing, monitoring or delivering projects, ensure they are delivered in accordance with relevant legislation and government regulations and guidelines.
  • Liaise and work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to deliver a range of initiatives at a divisional level. This involves attending regular internal and external meetings and establishing partnerships where required.
  • Strategically plan and manage VCDC Reporting projects to meet program objectives and implement projects where required.
  • Effectively manage and provide leadership to a team of employees.
  • Develop and design innovative strategies, program initiatives and integrated systems approaches to enhance impact of various Data Services and divisional initiatives.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements and take responsible care for own health and safety.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work impact the division and team's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.

To learn more please click ‘Apply' to view the Position Description on the Careers.vic website. 

What we offer: 

  • The opportunity to perform meaningful work, making direct contributions toward enabling Victorians to be the healthiest people in the world.
  • A wide range of growth and development opportunities within the department and wider Victorian Public Service & Sector.
  • A strong commitment to work-life balance, including a diverse array of flexible working arrangements.

How to apply: 

Applications should include a resume and a cover letter. Click the ‘Apply' button to view further information about the role including key contact details and the advertisement closing date. 

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. We continue to build an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity of backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services aimed at enhancing the lives of all Victorians. 

All roles can be worked flexibly and we encourage applications from Aboriginal people, people with disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Please contact us if you require any adjustments to participate in the recruitment process at Please view our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion here.

Preferred applicants may be required to complete a police check and other pre-employment checks including proof of 3 vaccinations (including booster) against COVID-19. Information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence, in line with our Privacy Policy

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 JSE rather than via external advertisement. 

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