Yoo-rrook Senior Adviser

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/AH/1595214
Closing Date: 23-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: PD - VSP5 - 634337 634338 Yoo-rrook Senior Adviser - Yoo-rrook Response Team - 6 January 2022.docx (Word, 159KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Matthew Lloyd

Position Details

Application Closes: 23rd January 2022

Role: Yoo-rrook Senior Adviser

Number of vacancies available: 2, Fixed Term 3 years

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street/Work from home


The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission is the first truth telling body to be established in Australia and will establish an official record of the impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people in Victoria through the inquiry into and reporting of historical and ongoing systemic injustices.

Based within the Aboriginal Health Division the Yoo-rrook Response Team will lead the development of policy and strategic advice to the Secretary and Ministers to support departmental response to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission.

Under the direction of the Yoo-rrook Response Lead, the role will drive and support planning and coordinated engagement across the Department of Health and across the health service system to support the response to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission, with responsibility for conducting and contributing to complex policy and service delivery research and analysis. It will require strong leadership, collaboration, and time management skills, with the ability to collaborate with and harness the collective insights of the department, health services and other external stakeholders to inform departmental engagement and response to the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission. Strong policy, research, analytics and writing skills are required to be successful in this role.

Key accountabilities

  • Provide authoritative advice, reasoned recommendations and innovative solutions to complex and sensitive issues based on comprehensive research.
  • Develop policy initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Monitor and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and agency submissions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Enable and support self-determination of Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal health organisations in relation to the design, implementation and review of health services, programs and policies.
  • Maintain an understanding of Commonwealth and State legislative and policy reform directions to influence policy development.
  • Represent the department on key stakeholder committees and groups concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives and contribute to relevant committee and governance processes.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.
  • Manage cross-functional delivery of departmental policies and services impacted by sensitive and complex issues.

Essential Information:

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.  As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.  This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19.  Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made.  If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

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 further information please visit the Department of Health https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

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