Senior Communications Advisor, Corporate Communications and Events

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 people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/CDS/617724A
Closing Date: 09-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2021-11-19 PD 617724 Senior Communications Advisor VPS5.docx (Word, 132KB)
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Contact: Merrin Fabre
0437 883 522

Position Details


  • An experienced senior communications professional with a proven track record?
  • Able to demonstrate experience in planning and implementing effective and impactful communication strategies that achieve their objectives?
  • Motivated to make a difference and drive change and innovation in a large complex organisation with many competing challenges?

An exciting opportunity exists for a Senior Communications Advisor on a Ongoing basis in Public Engagement unit.

The Public Engagement branch is custodian of the department's story, brand and reputation. The branch supports the work of government and its partners to build inclusive and empowered communities to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety for all Victorians.

The branch takes an evidence-based approach to change and delivers progressive and best practice external and internal communications, engagement, digital and media services.

The branch delivers progressive and best practice external and internal communications, media, community engagement, emergency management and digital and media services. The branch also maintains specialist portfolio expertise.

To support this work, the branch maintains specialist teams with in-house capability to plan and implement strategic and tactical communication activities, using a contemporary and creative skillset, which includes:

  • Social media and video production
  • Website planning, development, and publishing
  • Graphic design, events, copy writing and speechwriting
  • Advertising, market research and strategic communications
  • Internal communications strategy and implementation.

The Senior Communications Adviser, Corporate Communications and Events is responsible for managing the priority projects of the Corporate Communication and Events team at the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. You will plan and implement communication strategies that will successfully communicate departmental initiatives and projects to employees and stakeholders. You will be involved in the development of the department's corporate documents (e.g., annual reports, strategic plans) to ensure that unified, consistent, and positive messages define and promote the department's vision and mission.

You will support the activities of the Corporate Communications and Events team including the continual development of the department's internal communication channels, maintaining the Corporate Communication's editorial calendar and support the online and in-person engagement activities of the Secretary of the Department. As well as supporting the planning and implementation of major events for staff, stakeholders, and the community services sector.

You will play a senior role in building relationships with key stakeholders including the department's senior leadership, business and program areas and across the central Public Engagement branch.

You will apply your communications expertise and insight to identify emergent risks and issues and collaborate to ensure a consistent, integrated and innovative approach to communications, content and creative development

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:

  1. Identify risks and issues that will be contentious and provide authoritative and expert advice on how to manage them.
  2. Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  3. Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria and qualification requirements for the role please refer to the Position Description attached.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19)  based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.

For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH and FSV COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy.docx (

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

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.  

For further information please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (

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