Senior Policy Officer, Office for Youth

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: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/FVEC/CW/695022
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: to 30 June 2024
Attachments: 2023-01-10 695022 VPS5 Senior Policy Officer position description (2).docx (Word, 180KB)

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Contact: Lucy Benbow on 9595 2607

Position Details


An exciting opportunity exists for an outstanding, talented and passionate individual to join the Office for Youth as a Senior Policy Officer. In this role you will work across a variety of areas in policy development and program management for the Youth portfolio to support improved outcomes for Aboriginal young people in Victoria.

You will work closely with the Koorie Youth Council, the youth sector and other portfolios across government to provide coordination support, strengthen communications and influence policy, programs and reforms to support Aboriginal young people, for example liaising across government to support the Koorie Youth Council to develop and implement the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Framework. In addition, you will promote culturally safe practices and build capability to support Aboriginal young people within the Office for Youth.

The role requires a proactive self-starter with a good understanding of government processes and an ability to work in a complex, sensitive and fast paced environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate policy, analytical, program management and communication skills coupled with an ability to influence stakeholders and work effectively in a team environment. Experience in social or economic policy and/or working with programs that support Aboriginal communities or young people is an advantage, but not essential.


  1. Provide policy analysis and advice, reasoned recommendations and program options and solutions to highly complex and sensitive issues to the Minister for Youth and senior executives on a wide range of matters of strategic and/or critical impact in relation to young people across Victoria, particularly Aboriginal young people. This includes analysing and critically evaluating information and proactively identifying potential implications and risks of proposed policy options.
  2. Prepare and present clear, timely, accurate, succinct and solution-focused written and verbal briefings, correspondence, reports, cabinet and agency submissions on a range of policy issues affecting young people, particularly Aboriginal young people.
  3. Contribute to the full life cycle of projects to meet departmental objectives 

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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.

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) <> 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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