Senior Policy Officer - Treaty (Designated Aboriginal Position)

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/50962649DAP
Closing Date: 23-Apr-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: Fixed term for 2 years
Attachments: PD - 50962649 VPSG5 Senior Policy Officer - Treaty.docx (Word, 405KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Hilary Rutledge
0408 923 367 /

Position Details

Do you want to work at the forefront of Victoria's Treaty process? Do you love working across organisations with a broad range of people? Are you a great policy thinker, who loves to understand how things get delivered?

The Senior Policy Officer – Treaty plays a key role in supporting DEECA to participate in the Treaty process and delivering on Government's commitments to First Peoples self-determination and reform.

You will be playing a lead role for DEECA in Statewide Treaty preparation, readiness and negotiations. You will engage across the organisation to understand consequences and test options, coordinating and participating in working groups and other governance forums. You will also coordinate implementation of Whole-of-Victorian Government processes for engagement with the First People's Assembly of Victoria, supporting staff across DEECA to consider Treaty in their work and prepare briefings, as required.

The position requires strong policy and analytical skills; critical thinking and problem solving capabilities; clear and effective communication, including in writing for government; and an ability to influence and work collaboratively with stakeholders – and a flexible and adaptable approach. A high level of cultural capability and awareness is required including an understanding of Victoria's Aboriginal Self-Determination policy, legislation, and reform agenda.

This is designated position under s.12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • Cultural capability: Demonstrated knowledge of policies and legislation relevant to First Peoples rights and interests in Victoria (e.g. Treaty, Self-Determination); demonstrated awareness of self-determination and cultural sensitivity. Experience engaging with First Peoples and Victorian Traditional Owners is an advantage.

This is a fixed term position available for a period of 2 years. The work location for this position is 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday, 23 April 2024.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

Thisposition is designated for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people under s.12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Confirmation of Aboriginality will be required for appointment to this position. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

We recognise the significant responsibility to enable self-determination, be accountable to Traditional Owners and provide opportunities to strengthen First Peoples' connection to Country. We are committed to creating a culturally safe environment, where individuals feel safe, valued, and able to celebrate their culture, and spiritual and belief systems.

For general information about Aboriginal Employment at DEECA, please contact

We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

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