Policy and Projects 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.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D00948
Closing Date: 29-Jun-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: 30 June 2023
Attachments: Position description - VPS4 Policy and Projects Officer - May 2022.pdf (PDF, 230KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Louise Newton on 0484 390 132

Position Details

  • An exciting opportunity within the Police, Fines and Crime Prevention group, Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • VPSG 4 Classification (Salary Range $90,067 - $102,192)
  • One (1) fixed-term, full-time opportunity available until 30 June 2023

About Us

The Registration, Screening and Crime Prevention Division includes:

  • Births, Deaths and Marriages and Adoption Services
  • Worker Screening Unit, including Working with Children and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening
  • Crime Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (Community Crime Prevention Unit).

The Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU) works in partnership with government and non-government agencies to help build the capacity of local communities to implement effective responses to local crime issues and promote safe, inclusive, and confident communities. The CCPU supports initiatives that address the root causes of crime, including social disadvantage, as well as providing funding to communities for practical crime prevention measures.

About the Role

The role of Policy and Projects Officer

  • Play an essential role in delivering a program that will improve the safety of crowded places in Victoria and build public capability in protecting crowded places from the risks of terrorism and extreme violence
  • Provide policy and project management support
  • Prepare a range of high-quality written materials for internal and external audiences.

Specifically, the role will be responsible for supporting a range of project, policy and, research deliverables that aim to further protect crowded places and improve public capability in protecting crowded places. This work requires someone with demonstrable stakeholder engagement, planning and organising, policy design, and project management skills.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Demonstrated policy development, conceptual thinking, and analysis capability, including the ability to achieve objectives within tight timeframes
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and actively engage internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong written communication skills and an ability to develop briefings, correspondence, and reports to a high standard
  • Sound project management skills, with experience in applying PRINCE2, Agile, or cognate project management principles and methods
  • A strong ability to execute work tasks against plan. Where plans are not defined, a strong ability to prioritise tasks in line with the urgency and impact of tasks, as well as utilising approved task management tools and maintaining accurate project records
  • A strong ability to understand the importance of knowledge management, and the ability to apply principles in day-to-day practices
  • A tertiary qualification in criminology/justice, law, public policy, and/or project management is desirable. 

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 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.

  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.



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) 

  1. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or 

  1. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you. 


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