Principal Policy Officer, Crime Prevention and Policy Reform

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D02051JUNE2024
Closing Date: 24-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: FINAL - D02051 - Principal Policy Officer - VPS6 - Position Description - December 2023.pdf (PDF, 238KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Suzie Fry on 0438 167 411

Position Details

  • Utilise your policy expertise to provide support and advice to the Ministerial Services, Policy Reform and Programs branch
  • Ongoing, Full-Time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 6: $130,673 - $174,869 plus superannuation.

About Us:

Police, Racing, Victims and Coordination (PRVC) group is responsible for leading key policy reform and programs across the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS). It enhances community safety and wellbeing through public policy, governance, legislative advice, reform and grants, bringing together all policy and reform functions aligned to the Police, Crime Prevention, Victims and Racing portfolios.

About the Role:

As the Principal Policy Officer, you will assist the Manager and Senior Manager of the Crime Prevention and Policy Reform team to lead and deliver priority reforms for the department and government with a focus on crime prevention. You will be required to work in a flexible manner, across a breadth of policy and reform work, providing a high level of strategic policy work to ensure sound outcomes for the Victorian community.

Where required, you will lead priority-specific teams to deliver on critical reform priorities.

As a senior member in the team, you will have an important role in actively contributing to a dynamic, productive and positive workplace culture as well as mentoring and building the capability of team members.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Providing authoritative, strategic policy advice to Ministers and departmental executive, as it relates to a range of justice portfolios.
  • Leading the development and implementation of highly complex and sensitive policy and reform outcomes, including leading research, consultation and engagement activities.
  • Providing leadership and guidance through coaching and mentoring of staff.

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

About You:

As an ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Well-developed knowledge of government and the justice system, including issues and pressures to which the department and government has to respond.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing leadership, guidance and performing effectively under pressure in a dynamic and politically sensitive environment.


  • 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.

In accordance with the Jobs and Skills Exchange Recruitment Policy, only Victorian Public Service employees are eligible to apply for this position. People on labour hire contracts, such as agency staff and external contractors, are not eligible to apply.



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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