Senior Policy Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Various
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D00489_JUL
Closing Date: 03-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: Various Ongoing and Fixed term positions
Attachments: D00489 - AJPRU - Senior Policy Officer - Position Description - June 2022.docx (Word, 545KB)

Contact: Joe Youssef

Position Details

  • Full Time - Various Ongoing and Fixed-term positions
  • Salary $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation
  • Developing reform proposals and providing policy advice in relation to the Aboriginal Justice reform agenda


This is a prioritised role for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, who will be given priority consideration as per the special measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

About us

The Aboriginal Justice group of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is committed to driving systemic change in the justice system, to connect, support and deliver better outcomes for the Aboriginal community. The group works in partnership with Traditional Owners and the Victorian Aboriginal community to embed the principles of self-determination in the justice sector.

The Aboriginal Justice Policy Reform Unit (AJPRU) drives structural and systemic transformation and coordinates efforts across the department to improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians through policy development, legislative reform, and genuine commitment to self-determination. The AJPRU has primary responsibility for coordinating the delivery of the Aboriginal Justice group's law and policy reform agenda.

About the role

Reporting to the Legal Policy Manager, AJPRU, the Senior Policy Officer will be responsible for developing reform proposals and providing policy advice in relation to the Aboriginal Justice reform agenda.

Some of the key accountabilities of this role include:

  • Provide advice in relation to strategic Aboriginal Justice policy matters and apply experience in reform development, focusing on stakeholder engagement and emerging policy and implementation issues.
  • Have a demonstrated understanding of the Victorian Government's commitment to Aboriginal self-determination and be able to identify and deliver measurable outcomes that align with the overarching Aboriginal self-determination agenda.
  • Contribute to the development and management of aspects of the ongoing evolution of Victoria's policy on Aboriginal Justice matters and the Attorney-General's Aboriginal Justice reform program.

About you

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of policy development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Cabinet processes and Government decision-making processes.
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and society and understanding of historical and contemporary issues relating to Aboriginal Victorians.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with the Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and delivering policy and legislative reform through community consultation and targeted engagement.

All candidates are given the opportunity to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process with the team contactable via email at


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.

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.

Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Please visit for further information.

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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