VPS6 Manager, Dhelk Dja Regional Governance and Coordination

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: Family Safety Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/FSV/CW/686016
Closing Date: 11-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PDVPS6Manager,DhelkDjaRegionalGovernanceandCoordination Position Descirption.docx (Word, 224KB)

Contact: Sharon Paten, Director, Aboriginal Strategy Unit
9595 2861 or 0429 217 124

Position Details


The Manager, Dhelk Dja Regional Governance and Coordination is a senior member of the Aboriginal Strategy Unit in the Policy and Design Branch in Family Safety Victoria. The Manager has strategic and practice responsibility over eleven divisional Dhelk Dja Coordinators within the Department of Families, Fairness & Housing (DFFH) and plays a key role in the provision of support and advice to support Dhelk Dja; Safe our Way – Strong Cultures, Strong Peoples, Strong Families.

The role actively works in collaboratively with government and non-government stakeholders across the state in ensuring engagement with Aboriginal communities to develop solutions to issues of family violence involving Aboriginal people. The position is tasked with ensuring that there is Aboriginal voice in the coordination of responses to family violence in Aboriginal communities.

The position will require a strong knowledge of Aboriginal culture and principles of self-determination, as well as proven highly developed leadership, negotiation and relationship building skills. It will also require a strong understanding of public policy and the political environment in relation to Aboriginal communities.  


  • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person with skills and experience in engaging with communities to achieve outcomes? 
  • Committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities? 
  • Capable of forming strong relationships across an organisation to build capability to work in culturally safe and responsive ways? 
  • Able to work in complexity and support the department to deliver innovative and culturally responsive services?  


  1. Strategically inform and guide the Dhelk Dja Coordinators in their work in progressing the initiatives that fall under Dhelk Dja.
  2. Build and maintain positive working relationships across the department, government and with key stakeholders and partners to ensure the department's response to family violence in Aboriginal communities are developed under the guide of self-determination.
  3. Identify and actively inform sensitive and complex service and practice issues, ensuring that Aboriginal knowledge and expertise are prioritised and included in formulating innovative solutions.

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.


The Equal Opportunity Act 2010, provides for lawful 'Special Measure' provisions, therefore the following has been applied to this role. 

This is a Designated role - Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.


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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