Senior Economist

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.

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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: Economics
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D01396
Closing Date: 09-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 30/06/2025
Attachments: D01396 - PD - GCaS - DDI - EI - Senior Economist - VPS 5 (2022).docx (Word, 541KB)


Contact: Melanie Millsteed
Melanie.Millsteed@crimestatistics.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Seeking an experienced Senior Economist
  • Fixed term role available for immediate filling until 30 June 2025
  • Attractive VPS 5 salary between $103,920 - $125,735 + superannuation

 

What does the business unit do?

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS; the department) delivers a justice and community safety system that works to build a safer, fairer and stronger Victoria.

Data, Digital and Insights (DDI) focuses on meeting the departments data and digital needs by providing responsive and sustainable services focused on supporting departmental outcomes. The specialist groups within DDI consist of Technology Solutions and Evidence and Insights.

Technology Solutions explores and employs modern technology to enable the department's business to function via the use of modern, appropriate platforms, products and services.

Evidence and Insights is responsible for providing end-to-end evidence-based policy support to the Department of Justice and Community Safety, and the reporting of data and research to the Victorian public through the Crime Statistics Agency and the National Coronial Information System.

 

What will the role do?

A Senior Economist is sought to work in the Investment Analytics team within Evidence and Insights to provide authoritative advice and analysis on the likely financial impacts of policy changes and new initiatives. The focus of this role will be on supporting the identification of, and measuring, the impacts of initiatives designed to reduce criminal justice system demand.

Reporting to the Manager, Investment Analytics, the Senior Economist will work within a team of data analysts and scientists to develop reusable methodologies to measure avoided costs, cost-benefit and return on investment of DJCS policies and programs. They will be required to partner closely with policy and program implementation areas across the department to understand their proposed initiatives and undertake and translate research and analysis to support the development and measurement of the impacts of these initiatives. 

 

What skills should a Senior Economist have?

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Experience in developing, undertaking and applying economic analysis, including developing and applying unit costs.
  • Knowledge of modelling and forecasting, data science and/or data analytics approaches.
  • Ability to develop, collate and translate data, statistics and analysis to inform decision making.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of statistical programs such as SQL, Power BI, R and/or Python to analyse large, complex datasets.
  • A tertiary qualification and/or experience in statistics, economics, data analytics, data science social science or a related field with a major focus on quantitative research methods or data analysis is highly desirable.

 

What's in it for you?

You will be working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which is one arm of the Victorian State Government, a recognised top employer of choice nationally. All our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

There are many advantages in working for the department, including:

  • A fair salary– enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options.
  • Transparent performance framework– approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to professional development plans agreed on by you and your manager.
  • Generous leave entitlements– provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate, and sick leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues. It is also available for financial counselling and retirement planning.

If you have any queries, please contact Melanie Millsteed, Director, Evidence & Insights on (03) 8684 1828 or email at melanie.millsteed@crimestatistics.vic.gov.au.

We want to make sure all Victorians feel represented by the department's work. One of the ways we do this is by recruiting a diverse workforce – we welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background. We are also committed to the Victorian Government's promise to increase the number of veterans working in the public sector.

We're proud of our individual differences. We're proud of the many languages we speak and the stories we can share with each other. We hope you will share your story too.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff across all our roles. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au.

If this sounds like a compelling job that you believe your skills would be a great match for, please APPLY NOW. Applications close 11.59pm on Thursday 9 February 2023.

 

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 INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

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.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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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