Principal Policy Advisor

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 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:
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/SR/519182A
Closing Date: 30-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2022-1-14 VPS6 Principal Policy Adviser 519182 .docx (Word, 124KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Catherine Russo
0408 002 182

Position Details


  • Taking an evidence-based approach, provide expert advice and lead and influence regulatory policy across the department's portfolios and in key areas of intersection across all levels of government. 
  • Based on a sound understanding of portfolio regulation, regulatory institutions and government priorities, analyse markets for health and human services and the role for regulation in supporting safe and integrated services and protecting public health.
  • Review and design regulation and its implementation to maximise compliance, while minimising compliance costs and the risks of unintended effects.

An exciting opportunity exists for a Principal Policy Advisor on an Ongoing - Full time basis in Regulation Policy & Reform .

The Regulatory Policy and Relationships Unit leads and drives improvements to human services regulation and regulatory systems as the foundation for safe, high quality services for Victorians. We lead and coordinate regulatory and legislative policy design to ensure ‘fit for purpose' regulation that takes a system-wide view and minimises complexity and fragmentation. We plan, design, and deliver reforms to human services regulation, including research and analysis, engagement of stakeholders, reviews and policy advice and implementation of approved reforms to deliver contemporary regulatory frameworks and legislation to underpin the department's regulatory schemes.

We maintain strong, cohesive working relationships across all levels of government and the human services sectors, including non-government organisations. This includes monitoring of contemporary approaches to regulatory policy. The unit manages the department's relationship with independent portfolio regulatory commissioners, statutory panels, and tribunals.

The Principal Policy Advisor leads regulation reform projects across the department's portfolios, taking a system-wide focus.  You focus on regulation reform to achieve best practice in regulatory design and implementation which reduces unnecessary complexity and fragmentation for the benefit of the department's clients, stakeholders and the community as a whole.

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:

  1. Regulatory Skills: Demonstrated specialist expertise and a record of achievement in regulatory policy or analysis and the design and implementation of effective regulatory systems. 
  2. Policy skills: formulates and communicates public policy options and recommendations; keeps up-to-date with a broad range of contemporary issues; scans for links and potential implications of proposed policy options; liaises with stakeholders.
  3. Problem solving: seeks all relevant information for problem-solving; liaises with stakeholders; analyses issues from different perspectives and draws sound inferences from information available; identifies and proposes workable solutions to problems; implements solutions, evaluates effectiveness and adjusts actions as required.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria and qualification requirements for the role please refer to the Position Description attached.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination policy.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Please note, for this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.
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.  
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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