Senior Policy Officer, Redress

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time or part time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D01123
Closing Date: 29-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: Position Description - D01123 - Senior Policy Officer, Redress - September 2022.docx (Word, 546KB)

Contact: Sarah Sanders on 0408 598 498

Position Details

  • Utilise your analytical and policy writing skills
  • Fixed term role available upto 3 years
  • VPS Grade 5 salary range ($103,920 - $125,735) plus superannuation.


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Senior Policy Officer to play a critical role within Redress Design, Police and Community Safety.


About the business unit

Redress Design is responsible for developing and implementing redress schemes that acknowledge past harm, provide a range of support options for individuals who have experienced harm, and operate independently from the organisation responsible for causing the harm. It provides high-quality strategic policy advice, makes recommendations to government for new scheme design and operational models, and is responsible for administration and delivery of frontline services.


About the role

As the Senior Policy Officer, Redress Design, some of your duties will include: 

  • Conduct complex and targeted legal and other research in relation to a range of issues relevant to the schemes, to inform the delivery of the schemes.
  • Prepare high quality background, preparatory material and final drafts including data gathering, synthesis and analysis of information of policy proposals and briefings, correspondence, committee papers, presentations, discussion papers, drafting instructions, other legislative and regulatory material, management reports, and papers within tight timeframes.
  • Provide considered and informed policy and legal advice to senior management on a wide variety of issues.

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:

  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills with a particular ability to analyse complex policy issues and provide accurate and strategic advice.
  • Demonstrated achievement and success in the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures in a reform or transformation context/project.
  • Sound knowledge of government processes, including Cabinet and Parliamentary processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare well-written, timely, concise, accurate and audience appropriate briefings and reports. 

A tertiary qualification in a relevant area such as public policy, law, public administration, health, human or social sciences or service delivery design would be highly 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 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.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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