Senior Policy 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: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1806521
Closing Date: 23-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 721069 VPS5 Senior Policy Officer 9 July 2024.pdf (PDF, 389KB)
Position Description

721069 VPS5 Senior Policy Officer 9 July 2024.docx (Word, 153KB)
Position Description

Contact: Claire Hopkins
Claire.Hopkins@health.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role: 

  • The Senior Policy Officer works within a team to support the Manager, System-wide Reform, to improve and reform a range of programs that promote timely access to emergency care.

  • The role provides policy advice and undertakes policy development and project management to respond to new and emerging issues related to emergency care programs and service delivery. Emergency care includes emergency departments and ambulance services, and is interconnected across the whole health system.

  • The System-wide Reform Team is reform-focussed and continually seeks out opportunities to improve access to emergency care. This is an exciting role to apply and strengthen your policy skills, in a complex and high-priority policy area, that is fundamental to ensuring positive and equitable health outcomes for Victorians.  

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:

  • Formulates and communicates public policy options and recommendations; keeps up to date with a broad range of contemporary issues; scans for links and potential implications of proposed policy options; liaises with stakeholders.
  • Prepares complex briefs, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language; edits written communications to ensure they contain the information necessary to achieve their purpose and meet audience needs; ensures appropriate style and formats are used.
  • Seeks all relevant information for problem-solving; liaises with stakeholders; analyses issues from different perspectives and draws sound inferences from information available; identifies and proposes workable solutions to problems; implements solutions, evaluates effectiveness and adjusts actions as required.
  • Consults, liaises with and influences key stakeholders; produces detailed project plans where objectives are clearly defined and actions for achieving them are clearly specified; monitors performance against objectives and manages project risks and issues; ensures project objectives are met.
  • Diagnoses trends, obstacles and opportunities in the internal and external environment; understands the linkages between natural systems and communities to inform policy; conceptualises and defines the systems working within the organisation.
  • Identifies issues in common for one or more stakeholders and uses this to build mutually beneficial partnerships; identifies and responds to stakeholder's underlying needs; uses understanding of the stakeholder's organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved; find innovative solutions to resolve stakeholder issues.

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 inclusion@health.vic.gov.au. 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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