Senior Investigator, Regulation and Reform

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: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/SRW/486001
Closing Date: 05-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2022-09-19 486001 VPS5 Senior Investigator PD.docx (Word, 131KB)

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Contact: Paul Paciocco
(03) 9456 4312

Position Details


The Senior Investigator will lead investigations of service providers who have compliance obligations with a broad range of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. Based centrally, but often working through one of the HSRs regional offices, the Senior Investigator will be responsible for:

  • the management of multiple and complex investigations and the preparation of briefs of evidence, reports to senior management and advice on regulatory compliance matters;
  • utilising a risk-based approach to investigatory activities including consideration of relevant HSR regulatory, compliance and enforcement policies and procedures;
  • assist in providing sound strategic advice and recommendations on investigative and enforcement issues;
  • assist in building investigative capacity across the broader RCE team.


  • Lead complex, sensitive investigations of regulated entities (both proactive and responsive), negotiate resolution and – where necessary – prepare and present evidence to inform relevant enforcement actions.
  • Prepare and present complex briefs of evidence resultant from breaches of legislation and act as informant in bringing proceedings against organisations who have breached their legislative obligations.
  • With minimal supervision, conduct investigative activity including taking statements, interviewing witnesses, records of interview in accordance with relevant standards, policies and procedures.

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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.


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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