Senior 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.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CV0774
Closing Date: 08-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: 31 December 2022
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Project Officer OMDB.docx (Word, 539KB)

Contact: Chris Varghese Mathew on 0419 680 277

Position Details

  • Great opportunity to join Corrections and Justice Services
  • Make a positive difference in keeping our community safe
  • Attractive salary between $102,637 - $124,183 + superannuation

An exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Officer in the Community Operations and Parole Unit within Corrections and Justice Services on a fixed term basis until 31 December 2022.

What does the Community Operations and Parole Unit do?

Justice Services is responsible for the direction, management and operation of Victoria's Community Correctional Services (CCS) across more than 35 locations. It ensures offenders are safely managed in the community and aims to rehabilitate offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

Community Operations and Parole Unit is responsible for providing central end-to-end oversight of the CCS service system and includes the Parole Central Unit (PCU), CCS Practice Development and Review Branch, Statewide Community Work and Partnerships (SCWP), Offender Management Development Branch (OMDB), Court Assessment and Prosecutions Services (CAPS) Central Unit and the Adult Parole Board (APB) Secretariat.

What does a Senior Project Officer do?

In the role of Senior Project Officer, you will be responsible for the development, implementation and support of evidence-based case management practice, risk assessment and associated quality assurance activities across CCS and areas of CV. You will be responsible for managing projects to further strengthen the use of dynamic risk assessment tools for Community Correction Order (CCO) offenders. You will also support other project initiatives being led by OMDB including the strengthening of transitional processes for certain offender cohorts with Corrections Victoria business units, in consultation with the Reintegration and Rehabilitation Branch.

Your accountabilities will include:

  • Lead and oversee the implementation of the trial to introduce the use of a dynamic risk assessment tool in CCS' case management of high-risk offenders on CCOs.
  • Undertake a range of key project activities to strengthen offender risk assessment and case management practices.
  • Provide authoritative and strategic policy advice to support the OMDB and senior staff on the design and development of OMDB initiatives.
  • Participate in sensitive consultations and negotiations with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring that policy development is informed by the views of relevant agencies and individuals.

What skills should a Senior Project Officer have?

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Demonstrated understanding of offender risk assessment frameworks and case management practices.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise with data literacy, analysis and information systems logic.
  • Demonstrated understanding and operational knowledge of Community Correctional Services, and key issues impacting Justice Services, Corrections Victoria or like organisations.
  • Sound knowledge of Victorian government administrative processes (desirable).

To learn more about the type of skills you will need to thrive in this role, please read the position description.

What's in it for you?

You will be working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which is one arm of the Victorian State Government, a recognised top employer of choice nationally. All our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

There are many advantages in working for the department, including:

A fair salary – enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options.

Transparent performance framework – approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to professional development plans agreed on by you and your manager.

Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.

Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues. It is also available for financial counselling and retirement planning.

If you have any queries, please contact Chris Varghese Mathew on 0419 680 277 or email

We want to make sure all Victorians feel represented by the department's work. One of the ways we do this is by recruiting a diverse workforce – we welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background. We are also committed to the Victorian Government's promise to increase the number of veterans working in the public sector.

We're proud of our individual differences. We're proud of the many languages we speak and the stories we can share with each other. We hope you will share your story too.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff across all our roles. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email

If this sounds like a compelling job that you believe your skills would be a great match for, please APPLY NOW. Applications close 11.59pm Wednesday 8 December 2021.

Important Information

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.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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.

Candidates that have previously applied do not need to reapply.

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

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