Policy Officer, Harm Reduction

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/542536
Closing Date: 24-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $82,574 - $93,689
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: 542536 & 542537 PD Policy Officer VPS4.doc (Word, 974KB)
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542536 & 542537 PD Policy Officer VPS4.pdf (PDF, 80KB)
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Contact: Ross Broad
(03) 9096 5954

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 2 x full time (76 hours per fortnight) fixed term for 12 months

Office Location:
 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Position Summary:

The Policy Officer position is located in the small Harm Reduction team in the Drug Policy and Reform Unit, responsible for oversight of high quality state funded alcohol and other drug harm reduction services across the state, including the medically supervised injecting room.

The role requires initiative, an ability to work in a fast-paced environment, strong written communication skills, high quality organisational skills and the ability to conduct research into leading practice harm reduction initiatives.

Responsibilities include implementation of government commitments and budget initiatives, ministerial and executive briefings, and collaboration with the department's operational divisions on the management of state-funded harm reduction services. The position works closely with partners across the department, other government departments and the harm reduction sector to deliver a range of programs and initiatives.

Are you

  • A strong communicator with demonstrated writing and research skills?
  • Willing to work in a dynamic environment with changing and often challenging priorities?
  • A strategic thinker with strong analytical skills who can provide advice on complex issues?


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: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/


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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