Senior Policy and Project Officer

This position plays a key role in contributing to the achievement of the Department's priorities in early childhood education. You will join a dynamic team responsible for programs and policies designed to support vulnerable children's access to quality early childhood education.
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Department: Department of Education and Training
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DET/ECE/20014110
Closing Date: 09-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Senior Policy and Project Officer ELPP 11012023.doc (Word, 252KB)
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Contact: Patricia Nanni

Position Details

The role of the Senior Policy and Project Officer sits within the Early Learning Partnerships and Insights Unit.The role will have a particular focus the Early Years Agreement for Children in Out of Home Care and the Early Years Compact. Responsibilities will include:

  • policy and program design and delivery
  • project management
  • liaising with a regional offices, other Government Departments and key stakeholders
  • preparing information for Ministerial offices and senior executives as required
  • working with established funding and data systems to monitor and report on service system operations and risks

The successful applicant will enjoy working with multiple work streams and priorities, in an environment where responsiveness and accountability are key. An ability to write effectively for senior decision makers and strong relationship building skills are critical.  This position will be part of the newly established Early Participation Branch and will support the development, delivery and monitoring of key programs and projects within the Early Learning Partnerships and Insights Unit.

For more details regarding this position please see attached position descriptions.

The Department values diversity and inclusion in all forms - gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about our work, working for the Department, diversity and inclusion, and our employment conditions visit the Department website , HRWeb and our Diversity and Inclusion page

The Department of Education and Training (the Department) is committed to, so far as is reasonably practicable, providing and maintaining a working environment for its employees that is safe and without risks to health and that other persons are not exposed to health and safety risks arising from the Department's activities. The Department COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (Policy) requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department's Policy outlines the requirements for all employees, prospective employees who (or may need to) work outside of their ordinary place of residence and attend a workplace of the Department or workplace of another Employer on behalf of the Department and its portfolio agencies. Subject to exceptions, only employees, and prospective employees with up-to-date vaccination status (see definitions section of the policy) against COVID-19 and who provide evidence of their Vaccination Status are permitted to work for the department outside their ordinary place of residence.

For this role, you are required to submit proof of full vaccination as part of the recruitment process and prior to commencement employment. Please refer to the above link for more information. This role requires onsite attendance at one or more Department work locations.

Information about the Department of Education and Training's operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following websites: and

Applications close 9 February 2023

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