Principal Program Adviser, Ambulance

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: Administration / Secretarial
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/CSI/1694709
Closing Date: 06-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: 30-JUN-24
Attachments: PD Principal Program Advisor Ambulance Services 00630010.docx (Word, 163KB)
Job Specification

PD Principal Program Advisor Ambulance Services 00630010.pdf (PDF, 227KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sarah Cohen

Position Details



The Principal Program Adviser will lead and contribute to the development and implementation of a range of innovative strategy and reform projects to improve the current efficiency of ambulance and patient transport services in Victoria and the patient experience.


To be successful in this role, you will be a high performing individual with strong leadership, analytical, problem solving, project management and communication skills. The role would be suited to individuals who are comfortable working with complex issues, in multidisciplinary teams and with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Key accountabilities:


  • Provide high quality business intelligence, authoritative advice and sound policy and project recommendations to senior management and government based on comprehensive research.
  • Oversee the development of policy and project initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Share your expertise with others with a focus on building capability across the team and broader department.
  • Work across multiple projects, including designing and managing complex projects, and lead multi-disciplinary teams to meet emerging and significant work pressures and demands, as required.
  • Review and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs and cabinet and agency submissions on complex issues.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate collaboration across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Represent the department on key stakeholder committees and support the operation of consultative groups concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives, lead relevant committee and governance processes.
  • Respond flexibly and adapt approaches in order to deliver outcomes in the face of uncertainty.
  • Apply a strong evidence base, and a range of approaches and tools, to investigate, assess and advise on the implications of government policy and projects
  • 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 up-to-date with their vaccinations 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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