Manager Community Participation

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: Community Services
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Shepparton - Goulburn
Reference: VG/DFFH/COPL/ED/484015A
Closing Date: 10-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: Ongoing Full time
Attachments: 2023-01-12 484015A VPS6 Manager Community Participation PD (002).docx (Word, 131KB)

2023-01-12 484015A VPS6 Manager Community Participation PD.pdf (PDF, 673KB)

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Contact: Paul O’Kelly
0401 719 837

Position Details


The Manager Community Participation leads a team of community participation officers to promote a connected, resilient and safe community through place-based partnerships across sectors and community with the aim to enhance service access, equity and capacity to improve local response across Goulburn.

The Community Participation team has a strong focus on innovative approaches to community wellbeing, working collaboratively with community groups, funded agencies, local government, other departments and the broader community-based support systems across the five local government areas of Greater Shepparton City Council and the shires of Moira, Mitchell, Murrindindi and Strathbogie. In Goulburn, the Community Partnership program will also lead key government reforms, including the priorities of the Local Sector Executive Committee, Putting Families First, Better Connected Care and social recovery.  

The role actively works in collaboration with the relevant central office program areas and other internal stakeholders in influencing, developing and implementing departmental policy, ensuring that local needs are considered in policy and program development. Across the state, Community Participation Teams contribute to the Department Families Fairness and Housing strategic vision to empower communities to build a fairer and safer Victoria.


  1. With a high level of understanding of the local context, strategically review and implement departmental initiatives and planned approaches that impact service delivery and service system issues and support those initiatives to meet departmental, government and community expectations.
  2. Act as a key source of local advice by maintaining an understanding of issues impacting community services and the service system and investigate and lead critical projects that enhance service delivery, budget effectiveness, efficiency or improved community and client access and outcomes.
  3. Forge strong connections across the department and with external stakeholders across sectors to facilitate a partnership approach for place-based initiatives that promote resilience, wellness, connection and empowerment.

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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