Associate Deputy Secretary (Several opportunities)

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of young people and recognises that young peoples’ rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: SES2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/ADS_0122
Closing Date: 27-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $257,112 - $370,331
Job Duration: Up to 5 years
Attachments: Position Description - Associate Deputy Secretary 13012022.docx (Word, 544KB)

Position Description - Associate Deputy Secretary 13012022.pdf (PDF, 163KB)

Contact: Luke Bishop on 0427 099 251

Position Details


Associate Deputy Secretary (Several opportunities) 

Department of Justice and Community Safety


  • Utilise your leadership skills to implement change and coordinate efforts across the department to improve outcomes for Victorians
  • Several opportunities available to put your senior leadership expertise into practice
  • SES Grade 2 ($257,112 - $370,331 per annum)


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) provides a range of government programs and services which focus on improving community safety, victim services, regulatory services, crime prevention, and building strong collaboration across the justice system.

DJCS oversees functions including: Aboriginal Justice, Victim Support, Justice Services, Family Violence, Justice Operations, Regional Services Network, Corrections, Youth Justice, Emergency Management, Police and Crime Prevention, Regulation, Corporate Services, Justice Coordination, and Workplace Safety Policy.

DJCS is now recruiting several Associate Deputy Secretary positions who will work together to deliver on key priorities of the Victorian Government and ministers. Together we will work towards a vision of a connected justice and community safety system, where we're working to build a safer, fairer and stronger Victoria.


About the roles

The Associate Deputy Secretary works toward realising a clear and unifying vision of a justice and community safety system that works together to build a safer, fairer, and stronger Victoria. The role is involved in building partnerships with the Victorian communities, government, and community sector to provide authoritative strategic leadership, advice, and reform across the department.

We want leaders who will foster an environment where our people enjoy coming to work and thrive in their roles; where they have the systems and capabilities in place to make it easier to collaborate across the department and beyond to achieve outcomes that benefit the community. You will create, shape, and cultivate a contemporary and values-based workplace culture and champion behaviours such as respect and integrity.

Under the direction of a Deputy Secretary, you will oversee and lead the work of a business area to ensure the delivery of the justice and community safety portfolio. You will provide visible leadership to ensure positive service outcomes.  

Some of your duties will include:

  • Support the Deputy Secretary in leading a Group to ensure deliverables are met.
  • Lead and manage a high-performing team of professionals and ensure their efficient and effective performance.
  • Provide independent counsel to the Deputy Secretary, Secretary and Board of Management on the full spectrum of issues across their specialised portfolio.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.


About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage all aspects of a large complex team of professionals including staff and project management, budget oversight and procurement.
  • Demonstrated experience working at a senior executive level within government or the public service.
  • Highly developed conceptual and analytical skills, and experience in providing authoritative and concise, solutions-based legal and policy advice to Government, under pressure.
  • Proven senior level communication, relationship management, negotiation, and customer service skills in delivering high quality legal and policy advice and outcomes, including at a whole-of-government level.
  • A proven ability to work in a sustained way and deliver results under pressure.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter that outlines your relevant background, skillset and motivations for applying. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment  checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.



The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).  Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to undertake duties outside of their homes.  Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

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