Senior Project Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D00786A
Closing Date: 21-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: Until 31/01/25
Attachments: Position Description - D00786 Senior Project Officer.docx (Word, 541KB)

Contact: Kellie Phillips on 0438 219 550

Position Details

  • Implement your expertise and competency in project management and influencing and driving stakeholders to deliver outcomes central to a key transformation project in Service Delivery Reform, Coordination and Workplace Safety.
  • Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service in a fixed term role until January 2025.
  • VPS Grade 5: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Senior Project Officer to provide a critical role in Victim Services, Support and Reform, under the branch of Service Delivery Reform, Coordination and Workplace Safety.

About the business unit

Victim Services, Support and Reform (VSSR) is part of the Service Delivery Reform, Coordination and Workplace Safety Group within the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS). VSSR is responsible for the delivery and reform of services to victims of crime, placing victims at the centre of our justice system, as well as direct service provision through a range of programs including the Victims of Crime Helpline, Victims Register and the Victims Assistance Program.  

In September 2018 the Victorian Government tabled in Parliament the Victorian Law Reform Commission's review of the current system of financial assistance for victims of crime, administered by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). The review recommended widespread reform of the scheme, including that a new administrative Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) is established. The Government has accepted in principle all of the report's 100 recommendations and committed to undertaking significant work to progress the recommendations in this term of government. This includes the new Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance Scheme) Act 2022 whichrecently passed Parliament.

About the role

Within this role, you will be supporting the FAS project implementation plan milestones and deliverables. This may include supporting various workstreams where necessary if there is a need to accelerate work to meet the go live date for operations.  It may include taking on discrete activities such as running daily huddles for a workstream to track delivery of work; supporting the logistics of stakeholder engagement consultation sessions; or leading the development of the business performance metrics and measurement framework in collaboration with other FAS project team members.

The Senior Project Officer will own two main initiatives:

  1. The workstream of establishing the new property and accommodation of the new FAS.  This will involve working with the business change workstream on design requirements for the new accommodation so as to meet organisational needs. It will also require working closely with the department's property branch to deliver on a lease execution process to full fit out of the premises in readiness for the new workforce to occupy and for the FAS to commence operations.
  2. Project plan development and implementation of pilots to test readiness of the scheme prior to go live and any pilots during FAS operations that will test readiness for scheme expansion.

The role will also support the FAS project management office function when necessary to fulfill governance and project control functions should the FAS Project Officer be unavailable.

The Senior Project Officer will contribute to the effective operation of the VSSR and wider victim support system by:

  • adhering to the organisational vision, policies, guidelines and procedures.
  • supporting design and operational practice that ensures the FAS is culturally safe for Aboriginal people; and it is inclusive and accessible for marginalised communities, including LGBTIQ+ communities in line with Rainbow Tick standards.
  • adopting behaviours which support productive teamwork.
  • providing and accessing effective project management support to staff.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Research, design and implement a plan and suitable solutions to deliver on the FAS reform property and accommodation workstream.
  • Work closely with the Senior Project Manager to identify any gaps to delivery in the project implementation plan and develop solutions to addressing.
  • Design and deliver pilot programs as determined by the FAS project implementation plan.
  • Present at leadership governance groups where appropriate on behalf of the Senior Project Manager.

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

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated achievement and success working within a large transformation project or on a complex project with various initiatives delivered in the program.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of property or workspace change implementation projects and delivery.
  • Sound understanding of and experience in Government project management, decision-making, administrative and reporting processes and frameworks.
  • Professional written communication skills and an ability to develop presentations, briefs, formal correspondence to a professional standard.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating various stakeholders in meetings and communications to drive and achieve outcomes.
  • Knowledge of victims of crime issues and the criminal justice system is highly desirable


  • An evolving structure with opportunities for career advancement.
  • Find work life balance, initially working from home.
  • Make an impact that will help Victorian industries manage the threat of COVID-19
  • Be part of a once in a lifetime operation supporting the Victorian community.
  • Generous and fair salary with great working conditions and salary sacrificing options.
  • Job stability in a fixed term position as a member of the Victorian Public Service (VPS).
  • A fair salary– enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options.
  • Generous leave entitlements with provisions for many forms of leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program support where you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service.

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.

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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