Senior Communications Advisor - Children and Families

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: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/FVEC/375119
Closing Date: 02-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: Until 1/9/2023
Attachments: 2023-1-18 375119 PD Senior Communications Advisor .docx (Word, 133KB)
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Contact: Travers Purton

Position Details


The Children and Families communications team supports engagement activities for the State Government across Child Protection, Foster Care, community services, volunteering, Men's Sheds, Neighbourhood Houses, disaster recovery and food relief. The team sets the strategic communications direction for priority projects and key programs, policies and State Budget initiatives and play a key coordination role across all the Communications and Media Branch.

As Senior Communications Adviser, you will work with colleagues across digital, internal, social, media and Ministerial events and CALD and campaigns teams to provide advice, design communications strategies and deliver end-to-end communications. This includes advertising and workforce campaigns, fact sheets, grants, honours and awards, social media collateral, communications strategies, commissions, newsletters, videos, emails, speeches, and major sector events.

Working independently and in the broader team, you will build relationships with Ministerial offices, business and program areas, key external stakeholders and across the Public Engagement branch. The role works closely with the Media and Events and social media team.

You will apply your considerable 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.

This is a role which will draw on your personal values and is an opportunity to make a tangible difference for the thousands of Victorians who rely on the services we deliver for children and families in Victoria every day.

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Senior Communications Adviser is a key member of the Portfolio and Sector communications team in the Public Engagement Branch and works collaboratively with other staff in the branch to support portfolio priorities including the Roadmap for Reform, Home Stretch and Better Futures. Your advice and work will have a direct impact on the work of the department and support our policy direction.

As required, the Senior Communications Adviser will also work with the leadership team to ensure effective communications services, support and resourcing during emergency, crisis and peak periods.


  • Design and deliver communications and media strategies. This includes providing considered advice to support the development and implementation of initiatives across your portfolio responsibilities.
  • Deliver communication materials and strategies for use across all communications channels including campaigns, internal and external communications, speaking points, event opportunities and publications to ensure that stakeholders receive targeted, accurate and timely information.
  • Use innovative storytelling skills to showcase the work that the department delivers to benefit all Victorians.

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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.


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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