VPS5 Senior Project Officer, Redress Scheme (2x roles available)

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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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/CFCD/CW/692232
Closing Date: 04-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: Fixed term until 29th February 2022
Attachments: FSEQI PD Senior Project Officer Victorian Redress Scheme Oct 2022 (1).docx (Word, 133KB)

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Contact: Leanne McGaw
m: 0436 916 550. e: leanne.mcgaw@dffh.vic.gov.au

Position Details


The position will work as part of a new team to design and prepare for implementation of a new Victorian Government redress scheme for people who experienced historical abuse and neglect in institutional care (the Scheme). The aim of the Scheme is to provide support and deliver a formal apology to Victorians who were placed in orphanages, children's homes and missions and experienced physical, psychological, and emotional abuse of neglect. It will cover an historical period up to 1990 when children were placed in care for reasons including welfare and safety concerns, economic stress, social disadvantage, being orphaned, having a single parent or parental mental illness.

It builds on support available through the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. As part of a co-design process with Pre-1990 Care Leavers (also known as Care Leavers and Forgotten Australians), it will draw on the model of other Victorian and interjurisdictional redress schemes to ensure it is meaningful, healing, and respectful.   

The role will work as part of a team to develop and maintain project management documentation, support governance and stakeholder management arrangements and develop systems and guidance in preparation for the Scheme's commencement in early 2024. It will involve sensitive work in partnership with Pre-1990 Care Leavers including through co-design and consultation with key stakeholders.


  • Able to work flexibly in a busy policy and project delivery environment?
  • Able to build, communicate with, and maintain sensitive relationships with key stakeholders, including survivors of institutional abuse to facilitate a trauma-informed and partnership approach?
  • A strategic thinker who can approach issues innovatively and work to tight timelines?


1. Manage and oversee the full life cycle of projects to meet departmental objectives including:

(a) Leading research, analysis and implementation of complex projects based on defined outcomes and outputs.

(b) Managing and overseeing projects or sub-projects and being accountable for the successful delivery and completion of the projects/sub-projects within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.

(c) Monitoring and evaluating projects to ensure departmental objectives are met.

2.    Provide leadership, guidance and authoritative advice to internal and external stakeholders and prepare and present detailed, comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs, cabinet, and agency submissions on complex matters.

3.    Pro-actively build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate a partnership approach.

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) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> 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 (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.

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