Senior Policy Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - flexible
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D02042JUNE2024
Closing Date: 24-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: FINAL - D02042 - Senior Policy Officer - Policy Reform and Programs - VPS5 - Position Description - December 2023.pdf (PDF, 226KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Natalie Gibbons on 0422 613 454

Position Details

  • Utilise your policy expertise to provide support and advice to the Ministerial Services, Policy Reform and Programs branch
  • Ongoing, Flexible opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5: $106,534 - $128,897 plus superannuation.

About Us:

Ministerial Services, Policy Reform and Programs (MSPRP) comprises several business units, including: Ministerial Services and Coordination, Policy Reform and Programs and Redress Design. These business units will be responsible for providing critical departmental and Ministerial coordination support and delivering essential family violence programs and crime prevention grants.  MSPRP is responsible for delivery of priority justice policy reforms in line with departmental and Ministerial priorities. It also leads on crime prevention, family violence and the public intoxication reforms. MSPRP teams work in a dynamic environment, requiring agile policy teams to respond to key priorities as they arise.

The Violence Prevention Safety and Policy Team works in collaboration across the department and with other areas of government to drive and support ongoing family and sexual violence reforms to continue to improve women's safety.

About the Role:

As the Senior Policy Officer, you will be responsible to ensure sound policy and strategy advice is provided to senior departmental executives on priority justice policy issues. You will be required to be agile and work across different workstreams depending on priorities.

You will contribute to the progression of priority policy reform across the department and you will be required to develop and maintain key working relationships across the department, other government departments and key agencies to ensure considered advice is provided on policy issues. 

Some of your duties will include:

  • Providing high level policy and technical advice to Ministers and Departmental Executives on a wide variety of priority justice policy issues.
  • Leading, with limited direction, in the development and implementation of policy and legislative proposals, including through consultation and negotiation in relation to options for reform and the preparation of relevant documentation.
  • Undertaking complex, sensitive research, analyse policy development and delivery including the identification and resolution of emerging issues, risks and trends impacting on the achievement of key government and departmental objectives.

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

About You:

As an ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills.
  • Ability and experience in providing advice on complex policy issues, considering available evidence research, data and evidence.
  • Stakeholder leadership in engagement and policy design.
  • Sound knowledge of Government and of Cabinet and Parliamentary processes.


  • A tertiary qualification in a related discipline 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 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 of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.

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