Senior Property Officer (4 Vacancies)

The Department of Transport brings together all transport modes to design, plan, build and operate Victoria's transport system. Our job is to further integrate the transport network and improve the delivery of services to Victorians for simpler, quicker and safer journeys that connect people and places and support Victoria's prosperity and liveability. We are excited to offer this opportunity for you to become part of the Department that delivers more choice, connections and confidence in our travel, ensuring the whole transport network works as one to deliver better services and outcomes.
Job Details
Department: Department of Transport
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Property
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/80011576
Closing Date: 02-Feb-2022
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: 3 Years
Attachments: PD - Senior Property Officer - Jan 2022.pdf (PDF, 183KB)
Job Specification

Contact: David Roche
0400 081 167

Position Details

Senior Property Officer

  • VPS5: $102,637 - $124,183 per annum plus superannuation
  • 3 Years Fixed Term, Full Time
  • Melbourne CBD (the department provides flexible working arrangements)


About the Division and the opportunity

The Transport Property Division (TPD) is a Division within the Department of Transport and a key delivery partner providing land acquisition and associated services to the Big Build, the Department and the Suburban Rail Loop Authority. 

If you want to want to be at the forefront of State shaping infrastructure we need you. We are after a range of personable and motivated experts from a number of fields including; property management, compensation, legal and policy, and project management. Are you someone who can work in a collaborative team environment, manage a case load of property acquisitions, successfully deliver multiple projects concurrently, deal with our delivery partners and talk to affected landowners? If you are, we have a range of positions from Property officer, Senior Property officer, Manager and Land Acquisition Specialist, where you can demonstrate your passion for delivery, commitment to project outcomes and ability to thrive in a busy and supportive team (refer to PD's for further information including key selection criteria).

TPD is currently going through a significant period of growth to enable it to respond to the challenges involved with being a delivery partner for the Big Build and other key Departmental projects. TPD is involved at the beginning of planning and delivery for the Big Build and other significant Government projects, as none of these can commence until TPD has acquired the land needed for them.

The Senior Property Officer will manage a range of government land transactions (e.g. compulsory acquisitions, negotiation of leases/licences, purchases, temporary occupations, underground strata divestments and Planning and Environment Act claims) and associated compensation for our clients which include the Department's Groups, Westgate Tunnel Project, Level Crossing Removal Project, North East Link Project, Major Roads Project Victoria and Suburban Rail Loop Authority.

If this sounds like you, please give us a call about these exciting opportunities in the TPD and help us deliver the Big Build

Key Accountabilities

  • Effective Delivery of Land and Compensation Negotiations – under broad supervision, has effectively settled assigned land transactions in accordance with the relevant legislation and government policies and procedures. This includes interaction with landowners, their representatives and other interested parties, preparing all statutory notices and other correspondence, preparing, recommending and obtaining internal and external approval to offers of compensation, negotiating and settling compensation cases, obtaining possession of land in accordance with project time frames and relevant legislation, recommend and support dispute resolution via VCAT or the Supreme Court,  and updating systems/databases with key information.
  • Advice – has provided considered advice in relation to government land transactions and broader government land processes in accordance with established policies and procedures and developed responses to problems relating to land transactions and compensation where defined policy and procedures do not exist.
  • Stakeholder Management – has developed and maintained strong relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders resulting in high levels of trust and stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement – has actively identified and actioned opportunities for improvements in divisional processes, policies, standards and operations to improve the effectiveness of the division.
  • Promote and support safe, inclusive and flexible team operations.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Occupational Capability - Demonstrated experience in land transactions (particularly in the area of case law, identification of risk and strategies toward resolution of compensation cases) and practical knowledge of relevant legislation, including the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009, the Transport Integration Act 2010, the Land acquisition and Compensation Act 1986, the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and other legislation relevant to leases, licences, road declarations, crown land dealings and land disposal.
  • Project Delivery (Applied) - Defines tasks to be delivered to meet agreed outcomes; Coordinates and guides others in the execution of work activities; Monitors progress of tasks against plans and takes corrective action when required.
  • Interpersonal skills (Accomplished) - Detects the underlying concerns, interests or emotions that lie behind what is being said and done; Presents as genuine and sincere when dealing with others; Projects an objective view of another's positions; Uses understanding of individuals to get the best outcomes for the person and organisation.
  • Innovation and Continuous Improvement (Accomplished) - Uses understanding of clients or stakeholders' context to design and implement systems for continuous improvement within team or organisation; Reviews and analyses internal and external information to improve effectiveness and quality of work; Creates team environment where innovation and creativity are fostered and rewarded.

Qualifications (Desirable)

  • A relevant tertiary degree would be well regarded.

For further detail regarding the position, please refer to the PD attached.

Culture and Benefits

The Department of Transport is committed to building a culture of developing our people to achieve great outcomes for the Victorian transport network.  We are proud of our commitment to flexible work arrangements that support different ways of working, helping employees balance work and life.

How to apply:

Applications should include a resume and if you wish a covering letter. Applications close 11.59pm Wednesday, 02 February 2022.

Please note:This position requires the successful employee to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or medical evidence which confirms the individual is unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical contraindication or an acute medical illness.

Failure to comply with this condition of employment will impact your eligibility for employment in this position with DoT.

For a confidential discussion, please contact David Roche, Director Property Projects on 0400 081 167

Preferred applicants may be subject to pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Department of Transport will be treated in the strictest confidence.

At DoT, we are committed to advancing an inclusive workplace culture where our people are safe, diverse, engaged, valued and high performing. This will enable us to deliver an integrated transport system that contributes to an inclusive, prosperous and environmentally responsible state.

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