Senior Policy Officer, Drug Policy and Reform

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/314909
Closing Date: 24-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $95,275 - $115,276
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2018-09-06 PD 314909 Senior Policy Officer VPS5.doc (Word, 975KB)
Job Specification

2018-09-06 PD 314909 Senior Policy Officer VPS5.pdf (PDF, 81KB)
Job Specification

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Contact: Anna Keato
(03) 9096 5195

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1 x full time (76 hours per fortnight) fixed term to 30 June 2019

Office Location:
 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Position Summary:

The Senior Policy Officer position is located in the Drug Policy and Reform Unit within the Community Based Health Policy and Programs Branch of the Health and Wellbeing Division.

The Drug Policy and Reform Unit leads policy and program development to support high quality state funded alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services across the state. Working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, the Senior Policy Officer's responsibilities include implementation of budget initiatives and review recommendations, ministerial and executive briefings, and the provision of complex advice to the Department of Health and Human Services' operational divisions. The position works closely with partners across the department, other government departments and the alcohol and other drug sector to deliver a range of policy and programs.

Are you

  • A strong communicator who can effectively lead on policy and engage multiple stakeholders?
  • A strategic thinker with strong analytical skills who can provide expert advice on complex issues?
  • Experienced in working in dynamic environments and able to adapt to changing and often challenging priorities?


How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Careers Page. This page provides information on the department's recruitment and safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role.
For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website:

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

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