Senior Contract Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CV0073_JAN
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - VPS5 - Senior Contract Officer - Operations - January 2023.docx (Word, 542KB)

Contact: Carolyn Kopke on 0417 115 236

Position Details

  • Utilise your experience in the management of complex service contracts.
  • Ongoing opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service.
  • VPS Grade 5: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Senior Contract Officer to provide a critical role in the Assets and Infrastructure, Contracts and Infrastructure Branch.


About the business unit

Corrections Victoria (CV) operates Victoria's adult corrections system, including Community Correctional Services across more than 50 locations, and manages 11 public prisons and oversees three privately operated prisons. It ensures prisoners are safely and securely contained and aims to rehabilitate offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

The Contracts and Infrastructure Branch (CIB) is responsible for contract management, commercial oversight and advisory services, as well as the effective management and maintenance of all Corrections and Justice Services' prisons and related infrastructure.  The management of major contracts including private prisons and prisoner transport contracts as well as oversight of smaller contracts and managed within other areas of CV Head Office.  The States correctional services contracts include three full service private prison contracts (Port Phillip Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre and Ravenhall Correctional Centre), three facility management prison contracts (Metropolitan Remand Centre, Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Hopkins Correctional Centre) and a prisoner transport contract.


About the role

Reporting to the Manager, Operations Contracts, the Senior Contract Officer will be required to visit prisons at least once per week to undertake performance monitoring obligations.

Some of the duties of the role will include:

  • Provide leadership in the management of CV's contract obligations for the effective operation of the contract management framework by actively planning and contributing to contract service negotiations, compliance and performance reviews and procurement activities.
  • Prepare high-quality technical reports, briefings and correspondence for senior stakeholders on commercial, contractual and operational matters that may involve integrating complex information from a variety of sources in a time-pressured environment.
  • Lead the provision of authoritative advice to stakeholders based on identification, analysis and resolution of emerging issues, risks, opportunities and trends influencing CV's contracts.
  • Proactively build and maintain strategic and collaborative relationships with departmental business units, the Contractor and other key stakeholders, to create a shared commitment to the delivery of initiatives and identified priorities.

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


About you

Corrections Victoria, Contracts and Infrastructure Branch are looking for an accomplished Senior Contract Officer who has:

  • experience in management of complex service contracts
  • experience in performing commercial analysis and provision of authoritative commercial advise
  • outstanding writing, editing, communication and presentation skills.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


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 Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.


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 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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