Senior Policy and Legislation Officer

At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we're committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community.
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Department: WorkSafe Victoria
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Geelong
Reference: VG/383020011
Closing Date: 20-Dec-2018
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD Senior Policy Legislation Officer LPIS Dec 2018.docx (Word, 87KB)

PD Senior Policy Legislation Officer LPIS Dec 2018.docx (Word, 87KB)

Contact: Narelle Bell or 03 4243 8839

Position Details

About the role

In this role you'll review, analyse, advise on and develop policy and strategy in a range of contexts including strategic, economic, legislative, regulatory and operational. You're ability to formulate effective legislative and statutory solutions, provide authoritative policy advice to WorkSafe, and assess and respond to emerging trends and challenges will stand you in good stead. You'll have the opportunity to work across a broad range of subject matter, including occupational health and safety, dangerous goods and workers compensation. You may be working in a variety of settings including national, government, stakeholder and corporate.

  • Lead the development of critical occupational health and safety and workers compensation legislative and regulatory policy using a range of research and analysis techniques to develop policy options and recommendations.
  • Provide expert strategic advice to enable and support the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory reforms, statutory guidance, and non-regulatory policy options, including assessment of the most appropriate policy tool to achieve sustainable outcomes.
  • Proactive identification and escalation of emerging trends, issues and risks in occupational health and safety and workers compensation legislation and policy, including reviewing academic literature, case law, industry trends, research and activity in other jurisdictions and overseas, and keeping abreast of government, stakeholder and community views.
  • Lead the development of WorkSafe Victoria's responses to policy priorities and critical issues, such as emerging policy issues, government inquiries, interpretation and review of legislation, as well as national developments.
  • Lead the preparation and review of complex and time-critical documents including discussion papers, policy positions, Regulatory Impact Statements, drafting instructions to define legislation and regulations, and submissions to government and parliament.
  • Provide critical analysis and advice to the Legislation, Policy and Information Services (LPIS) Management Team, the Department of Treasury & Finance (DTF), the Minister's Office, WorkSafe's Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and WorkSafe Board in relation to significant policy and implementation issues.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and work collaboratively, to identify and understand their views, utilising a variety of negotiation, presentation, communication and education techniques.
  • Represent WorkSafe at Victorian and National occupational health and safey and workers compensation forums

Skills & experience

  • Analytical, conceptual and problem solving skills with ability to identify emerging trends and systemic issues, develop effective responses and position an organisation to take a proactive approach to addressing issues and opportunities.
  • Experience in leading the development of strategic and/or legal policy, gained in a Government environment.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, with experience facilitating cross-organisational approaches to problem solving and a constructive approach to managing conflict.
  • Experience in providing high quality and rigorous advice on a range of complex policy and/or legal issues. Experience in law is not essential.
  • Understanding of development of legislation and related Parliamentary processes.
  • Proven ability to consult on complex and sensitive issues
  • A relevant tertiary qualification.

Benefits & culture

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance. People who are seeking part-time or job share arrangements are encouraged to apply.

In return we offer a range of great benefits, including work variety, workplace flexibility and leave options, learning and development opportunities, study support, a leading health and wellbeing program, contribution to gym memberships and prescription eye wear and discounted corporate health insurance rates. WorkSafe prides itself on being a great place to work.

Applications close midnight 20th Dec 2018. Join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

For further enquiries please contact Narelle Bell on 03 4243 8839. Please note: A formal response to the selection criteria is not required for this role. Please tailor your resume and cover letter to the role.

WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve.


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