Principal Communications Advisor

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: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/CE/1629694
Closing Date: 30-Jun-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: 12 Months
Attachments: PD -Principal Communications Adviser- VPS6.docx (Word, 189KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Public Health Recruitment COVID-19

Position Details

 Application Closes: 30th June 2022

 Role: Principal Communications Advisor (12 Months)

 Number of vacancies available: 1

 Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000

 Position Summary: 

Reporting to the Head of Strategic Communications, the Principal Communications Adviser delivers high-level communications advice to key clients across the department. The role leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of communications strategies for major projects and initiatives. The role acts as a communications champion to ensure an insights and audience-led approach is applied to all communications across the department. The Principal Communications Adviser is responsible for fostering a strong relationship with ministerial offices, the Office of the Secretary, business areas and key external stakeholders.

The Principal Communications Adviser applies expertise and insights to identify opportunities and manage emergent risks and issues. They collaborate with colleagues across the branch and department to ensure a consistent, integrated and audience-led approach to strategic communications.


  • Develop and oversee contemporary and integrated strategic communications strategies that are audience and insight led. In addition, the strategies need to ladder up to the department strategy and meet ministerial requirements and key Government priorities.
  • Work collaboratively across the branch and other areas of the department to build and maintain positive and productive relationships with colleagues, senior internal and external stakeholders, and ministerial office staff
  • Contribute strategic communications expertise and insight, providing advice and guidance to the Communications and Engagement Branch and business units on opportunities, emergent issues, risks, and ministerial priorities.
  • Effectively manage and provide team leadership to produce quality outcomes under tight deadlines by:
    1. leading and supporting individuals to achieve their potential and contribution to organisational goals and outcomes
    2. modelling behaviours integral to good people management and departmental values
    3. ensuring staff are supported to fulfil all the duties of their role and managing, monitoring, and accounting for specific improvement targets in annual performance plans
    4. pro-actively building and maintaining positive relationships with peers and stakeholders across the organisation.
  • Lead continuous service improvement, performance measures and content and campaign reviews.
  • Oversee the application of best practice in the development of communications strategy, standards, tactics, channels and the application of style guides and guidelines.
  • Maintain up to date expert knowledge of emerging trends in strategic communications.
  • Initiate and embed processes and new ways of working that advance the effectiveness and productivity of the Communications and Engagement Branch.
  • Represent the department on key government and non-government committees and bodies concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives.
  • 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.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

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.

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through rather than via external advertisement.

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 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 <>

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