Senior Policy and Program Officer, Office for Senior Victorians

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/AS/70844585
Closing Date: 09-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2022-09-21 70844585 Senior Policy and Program Officer PD.docx (Word, 128KB)

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Contact: Alison Zoraja
0419 358 647

Position Details


As Senior Policy Officer in the Carer Program team you will be responsible for leading policy and projects to deliver on key priorities in the carer portfolio, including but not limited to:

  • supporting development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Victorian Carer Strategy including the range of initiatives supporting carers through the strategy
  • coordination and central monitoring of the Support for Carers Program, including communication with providers and catchment planning to promote service accessibility and positive outcomes for carers
  • implementation of local and state-wide grant programs including supporting application, management, and acquittal processes
  • policy development and project management and implementation related to supporting Victoria's unpaid carers
  • stakeholder management and engagement including peak bodies, funded agencies and carer support groups.

The role requires an agile, creative, systems thinker who enjoys working with sector partners, driving projects and policy development in a team environment to improve outcomes for vulnerable Victorians.


  1. Provide authoritative advice, reasoned recommendations and innovative solutions to complex and sensitive issues based on comprehensive research.
  2. Develop policy initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  3. Monitor and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and agency submissions.

Please open the position description to read more.


The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19). The department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy(Word) outlines the requirements for existing employees, other workplace participants and prospective employees. Please read in full prior to applying.


All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <> portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (

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