Senior Policy Adviser

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: Homes Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/HV/610513A
Closing Date: 06-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2023-1-23 PD 610513 Senior Policy Adviser.docx (Word, 200KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Fiona Shaw
0414 605 313

Position Details


The Senior Policy Adviser is part of a team in Homes Victoria embarking on an exciting reform agenda with responsibility for strategic policy and program design to improve outcomes for people living in Supported Residential Services (SRS), and other privately operated low-cost accommodation settings such as rooming houses. 

In this role you will:

  • Lead a range of strategy and policy reform initiatives to improve the experiences for residents living in private and supported low-cost accommodation settings
  • Work with colleagues across government and the sector to improve pathways for resident, including strengthening integration with health, community services and homelessness sectors
  • Lead on person-centred policy development and sector co-design opportunities as part of reform
  • Prepare high-level advice in a timely manner as well as responses to external scrutiny bodies.

This position will require high level written and verbal communication skills, highly developed policy and stakeholder engagement skills and an ability to contribute to a variety of work priorities within the team.  

Are you:

  • A team player and passionate about improving outcomes for Victorians?
  • Able to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and build productive relationships with a range of stakeholders?
  • A self-starter with the ability to draw on a range of information to inform policy and program design?


  1. Provide authoritative advice, reasoned recommendations and innovative solutions to complex and sensitive issues based on comprehensive research.
  2. Develop policy initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  3. Monitor and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and agency submissions.

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 (

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.

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