Principal Consultant, Employee Relations (x2)

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Human Resources (HR)
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CDS/385615/376620
Closing Date: 03-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position description - Principal Consultant VPS6 385615, 376620.docx (Word, 129KB)

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Contact: Peter Butler, Manager, Employee Relations
(m) 0412 917 688 (e)

Position Details

  • Provide expert and strategic advice on a broad range of employment issues
  • Undertake complex and sensitive investigations on employee issues 
  • Utilise your demonstrated knowledge of relevant legislation and industrial instruments 

We currently have two Principal Consultant roles in our Employee Relations team available on an ongoing basis.

The Employee Relations Unit leads the whole of department employee relations policy and strategy. The unit provides high-level strategic advice and management support to Ministers, Senior Executive and line management, to ensure effective management of industrial/employee relations issues across the Families, Fairness and Housing portfolio consistent with Government policies and priorities.

Role Purpose

The Principal Consultant, Employee Relations will provide a hands-on, solution-focused approach to resolving complex and confidential employee relations matters and taking an advanced role in identifying emerging employee relations (ER) risks and actively intervening to promote positive ER outcomes for the department, including representing the department at the Fair Work Commission.

This position is responsible for developing significant state-wide employment related policy, including preparing and coordinating detailed and complex reports and Ministerial briefings, responding to correspondence, undertaking research and leading employment-related projects.

This position is responsible for developing and reviewing HR policies and providing policy advice and support to the people and culture teams across the department with complex and confidential employee relations issuesAs our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of relevant legislation and industrial instruments and experience working on complex misconduct and employee relations cases
  • the abilty to problem-solve, liaise with stakeholders, analyse issues from different perspectives to propose workable solutions
  • the capability to deal with concepts and complexity comfortably by using analytical and conceptual skills.

A tertiary qualification in employment law, human resources, industrial relations or other relevant field and/or significant experience in developing and implementing employment-related strategies preferably within a government environment is desirable.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria, qualifications and/or requirements for the role please refer to the attached Position Description.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) based on Pandemic (Workplace) Order 2022 (No.8) directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination policy.


All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <> portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

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. 

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (

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