Lead Health Policy Specialist, Fiskville Redress Scheme

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function:
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D00371
Closing Date: 07-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: 30 June 2022
Attachments: Position Description - VPS6 D00371 Lead Health Policy Specialist FRS (Nov 2021).docx (Word, 538KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Martin van Tijn on 0419 534 200

Position Details

  • Full Time – Fixed Term (30 June 2022)
  • VPSG6, $125,893 - $168,473
  • Melbourne – CBD

About Us

On 23 December 2014, the Victorian Government supported the establishment of a a dedicated redress scheme in response to the 2016 Final Report of the Inquiry into CFA Training College at Fiskville. The Scheme would provide financial and non-financial redress to Fiskville affected persons for the increased health risks they may have been exposed to due to the unsafe operational practices which occurred at the Fiskville training centre from 1970 until its closure in 2015.

A small specialist team in Redress Design, Police and Community Safety, will lead the design and delivery of the new Fiskville Redress Scheme. The scheme is for Emergency Service workers and community members who are suffering ill health as a result of exposure to toxic materials in the Fiskville area.

Significant work is required to design the Scheme to enable it to open in 2022. Whilst Redress Design will lead this work, Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) will be supporting the project through stakeholder management, sector advice and in the development of a 2022-23 business case for the Estimates and Review Committee.

About the role

The position will focus on the establishment of the specialist health and support services as well as the potential restorative engagement components of the Scheme through policy, service delivery and funding model design. This will require a combination of project and policy expertise in the context of health, a strong understanding of government and decision making and effective stakeholder management.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Influencing the development of policy to support the design of the redress scheme, ensuring compliance with legislative, financial, administrative and risk management frameworks.
  • Providing authoritative expert health advice on complex policy issues to senior executives, including identification of major emerging policy issues and options to resolve them.
  • Supporting and role modelling reflective practice and a commitment to building practice capability.

About You

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

Technical Expertise:

  • Current and detailed knowledge of the operation of government, public policy, and a strong understanding of health systems.
  • Demonstrated high level analytical and policy skills, including use of data to inform policy development.
  • Recent demonstrable experience in a leadership role and the capability to think strategically, articulate and write logically.

For a full description of the Key Accountabilities and Key Selection Criteria please refer to the attached Position Description.

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.


For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role, please refer to the attached position description.


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


The successful candidate 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 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.

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