Senior Communications Adviser, Strategic Communications

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: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/HI/1637076
Closing Date: 26-Jun-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 30 June 2024
Attachments: 632474 - VHBA HR - Senior Communications Adviser Strategic Communications - PD.pdf (PDF, 167KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Nicolette Baxter
0438 143 342

Position Details


Reporting to the Head of Strategic Communications, the Senior Communications Adviser - Strategic Communications will contribute to the planning and delivery of high-quality and impactful corporate communications, media and Ministerial events, promoting the government and Authority's projects and achievements

A strong writer and editor, the Senior Communications Adviser will play an important role in developing a range of communication collateral including media releases, speeches, media Q & A's, online news articles, social media messaging and engaging branded written and visual assets to enable effective communication with key audiences across multiple platforms. The role may require attending Ministerial media events to support health services, project managers and senior stakeholders.

Are you

  • A communications all-rounder who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment?
  • Experienced in a similar role involving senior stakeholders, juggling multiple deliverables?
  • Someone with excellent interpersonal and organisation skills?
  • Able to perform your work under time pressure, with an eye for detail?
  • A strong writer and someone who can proactively identify and escalate communications opportunities and risks?


  • Work collaboratively across the communications branch to ensure the delivery of effective communications that are of a high written and visual standard and which comply with departmental and whole-of-Victorian Government guidelines.
  • Initiate and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders and seek opportunities to engage stakeholders in the development and application of new and/or contemporary methodologies to improve communications services.
  • Identify positive story opportunities and identify risks and issues that will be contentious and provide authoritative and expert advice on how to manage them.
  • 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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