Senior Policy and Project Officer

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 children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Various
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CV0143_JAN
Closing Date: 12-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - VPS5 Senior Policy and Project Officer - PSSD.pdf (PDF, 319KB)

Contact: Rich Vinciullo on 0416 078 667

Position Details

  • Exciting ongoing and 2-year fixed term positions available to support strategic policy reform projects with a justice system focus.
  • Utilise your strong policy development and stakeholder engagement skills to contribute to a dynamic and busy team.
  • VPS Grade 5: $103,920 to $125,735 plus superannuation.


About us

Corrections and Justice Services (CJS) is part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety and is responsible for the direction, management and operation of Victoria's adult corrections system, including Community Correctional Services, public and privately operated prisons, and a transitional centre.

CJS is made up of several business units including Corrections Victoria, Justice Services and Policy, Strategy and Offender Outcomes (PSOO). PSOO brings together a number of teams responsible for policy, strategy and coordination functions.

The Senior Policy and Project Officer roles sit within Policy, Strategy and Service Design (PSSD) within the PSOO business unit. PSSD provides strategic advice and develops policy to improve rehabilitation and reintegration outcomes for people across the corrections system, including in prisons and community corrections. This is a critical component of the department's strategy to reduce offending, keep people out of prison and contribute to community safety. PSSD is also responsible for CJS's response to the Cultural Review into the Adult Custodial Corrections System (the Review). The Review is the first of its kind conducted in Australia, inquiring into the culture of the custodial system with a focus on the wellbeing and safety of staff and the safety (including Cultural safety) of people in custody.

PSSD works closely with other CJS business units to deliver a modern corrections system for Victorians that is focused on human rights, rehabilitation and community safety. PSSD lives the DJCS values in its work, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for people in contact with the system, and fostering a workplace culture that is kind, respectful and effective.


About the role

The successful candidates will be responsible for contributing to the development of significant state-wide policy and priority projects in response to emerging issues with a focus on the needs of prisoners and offenders in the community. This may include preparing and coordinating detailed and complex reports, briefings and business cases, delivering strategic advice including on the State Budget, responding to Parliamentary questions, correspondence, undertaking research and leading projects related to corrections policy and service design, liaison with operational staff, service providers and other government stakeholders.

The roles operate within a complex and dynamic environment that requires a capacity to exercise sound judgement, and the ability to proactively develop and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders, using influence and negotiation skills to support the provision of clear advice to support effective, timely actions.

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


About you

Core to being successful in this role will be your ability to understand new subject matter quickly, demonstrate appropriate initiative, and your capacity to write accurate, timely and audience-appropriate strategic documents, briefings and issues papers. Our ideal candidates will demonstrate:

  • Developed conceptual, policy and analytical skills with ability to analyse complex operational, policy and legal issues.
  • Strong written communication skills, with the ability to develop a range of written briefing and other products tailored to stakeholder and audience needs.
  • Sound knowledge and/or experience of Victorian Government administrative process.
  • Knowledge of current policy direction, research and issues within corrections and the criminal justice system more broadly, or the ability to understand these issues quickly.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification is desirable.


The Department of Justice and Community Safety has a comprehensive Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


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 all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

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.


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:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. 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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