Senior Planning 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: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Other
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1804529
Closing Date: 14-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: Fixed Term to 30 June 2025
Attachments: 723867 and 723848 VPS5 Senior Planning Officer 28 June 2024.pdf (PDF, 363KB)
Position Description

723867 and 723848 VPS5 Senior Planning Officer 28 June 2024.docx (Word, 143KB)
Position Description

Contact: Dimitri Hensman

Position Details

  • Two Senior Planning Officer roles are available.

About the role: 

  • The Senior Planning Officer will identify and manage a wide variety of development and planning strategies and processes for the System Planning unit to support the design and implementation of new and expanded services within the reformed mental health and wellbeing system.
  • The role will work closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders including the Division, sector partners and a range of program and policy areas within the department.

  • The role will support broader system design and planning initiatives, analysis and decision support activities that enable the delivery of key reforms to the mental health and wellbeing system.

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. 

How you'll make a difference:

  • Providing high quality analysis, authoritative advice and sound recommendations based on consistent evidence-based approaches to planning for the future mental health and wellbeing system.  

  • Monitoring and reporting on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and agency submissions.  

  • Representing the department on key governance and stakeholder committees and groups concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives and contribute to relevant committee and governance processes.  

  • Contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure departmental objectives are met.  

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders.  

  • Supporting cross-functional engagement on matters relating to system planning to enable delivery of departmental policies and reforms.  

  • Preparing complex briefs, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language and ensures that appropriate style and formats are used.

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 For more information on our commitment to inclusion and diversity see inclusion and diversity at the Department of Health.

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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