Communications Adviser

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: Various
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1806495
Closing Date: 23-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: 1 x Ongoing, 1 x Fixed Term until 30/04/2025
Attachments: FIXED TERM 719727 VPS4 Communications Adviser 9 July 2024.docx (Word, 141KB)
Position Description

FIXED TERM 719727 VPS4 Communications Adviser 9 July 2024.pdf (PDF, 348KB)
Position Description

ONGOING 719716 VPS4 Communications Adviser 9 July 2024.pdf (PDF, 347KB)
Position Description

ONGOING 719716 VPS4 Communications Adviser 9 July 2024.docx (Word, 144KB)
Position Description

Contact: Sarah Axford

Position Details

There are currently 2 x Communication Adviser vacancies, one is Ongoing and the other is Fixed Term until 30/04/2025. Please specify your preference in your application.

About the role: 

  • The Communications Adviser works as part of a team to deliver key communications materials to support the department's strategic priorities.

  • Reporting into a Head of Strategic Communications, you will work closely with branch colleagues, ministerial offices, department executives and relevant business areas within the department to ensure communications material is clear, engaging, timely, and aligned to the department's strategic narrative and plan.

  • With strong communications and writing skills and good attention to detail, you will be responsible for preparing engaging written content across a range of media for different audiences and purposes.

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:

  • Contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of communication strategies and activities including production of print, online and multimedia materials.
  • Provide detailed communications advice and work collaboratively across the department to ensure the delivery of effective communications that are of a high written and visual standard and which comply with departmental and whole-of-Victorian Government guidelines.
  • Work with other areas of the department and Communications and Engagement colleagues to produce high quality outcomes for stakeholders and clients.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement and work collaboratively to increase the effectiveness of the department's communications.
  • Assess and respond to policy and process changes and act as a change agent to support initiatives aligned to the department's corporate direction.
  • Provide support to other teams across the branch as and when required, including support for public emergencies, large-scale communications campaigns and other high priority projects, to contribute the effective management of work across the branch and department.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate collaboration across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Work across multiple projects, including engaging with stakeholders, and working in multidisciplinary teams to meet emerging pressures and demands, as required.

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 employees who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform. As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through the JSE. 

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