Principal Policy Adviser, Gas Heater Safety Program

• Opportunity to work in the new created Energy Group

• Flexible working options

• Location: Melbourne CBD

Lead a small team, the Principal Policy Officer will have the opportunity to lead the delivery of this important and high-profile project as well as work with the broader team to enhance the safety and security of the State’s gas and electricity networks.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Fixed Term - Flexible
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/50934251
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $120,692 - $161,511
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Principal Policy Adviser VPS Grade 6 Energy Safety Policy (gas heater safety) .docx (Word, 124KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Georgie Foster
03 9637 9527

Position Details

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The Principal Policy Adviser will be responsible for managing a small team to develop the strategic policy direction to deliver the various elements of this project, including a review of open-flue gas heater through a regulatory impact process under the Gas Safety Act 1997, a regulatory review process to assess options for mandatory installation of CO alarms in homes with open-flue gas heaters, reviewing the regulatory frameworks to ensure they are fit-for-purpose, and managing the delivery of a community awareness campaign.


  • Effectively lead and manage a team to deliver the Government's Response to the Coroner's Court inquest into the death of Sonia Sofianopoulous.
  • Provide overall direction and support for the government to deliver on its broader range of energy safety commitments.Prepare and maintain project plans, and seek technical input as needed, to support effective delivery of the work program within government frameworks.
  • Provide sound and timely advice to internal and external stakeholders and prepare and present detailed reports, ministerial briefs, cabinet and agency submissions as required.
  • Manage a program budget, facilitate the timely acquittal of funding and all relevant reporting.
  • Initiate and establish strong relationships and networks to share and leverage knowledge and skills, to enable collaboration across the department, and with other government, regulatory and industry stakeholders.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and problem solving in other parts of the branch, division and group.
  • Actively participate in and encourage others to support a positive organizational culture, and business and performance excellence.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated project management and people management experience, as well as a demonstrated ability to scope and deliver strategic policy projects from conception through to delivery.  The successful candidate will apply an outcomes and delivery focused approach to their work, have well-developed stakeholder engagement and management skills, and be able to deliver a work program with a high level of complexity and sensitivity, and operate under broad direction. In this important leadership role, the successful candidate will need to exercise a significant degree of independence, discretion and good judgement.

The is a fixed term role available for a period of 12 months.

To be considered for this position, your application should include a supporting statement demonstrating that you meet the key selection criteria and any job requirements specified in the position description. 

Applications close at midnight, Sunday, 21 July 2019.

To apply online and for further information on position description and selection criteria visit

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