Senior Program 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.

Job Details
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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time or part time
Job Function: Consulting and Strategy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/MH/1639964
Closing Date: 06-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 30th July 2023
Attachments: VPS5 - Senior Program Adviser North and West Team 2 - PD.pdf (PDF, 187KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Kris Drew

Position Details


Reporting to the Manager, the purpose of this role is to support the management of the interface and engagement with the clinical and community mental health and AOD service systems in the north and west regions of Victoria. The role supports commissioning, service system performance and quality and safety oversight activities of the current system, including changes implemented as a result of Royal Commission recommendations.

You will be required to operate in a dynamic environment with curiosity, enthusiasm and initiative, working collaboratively within and across teams to support commissioning, service system performance and quality and safety oversight activities of the current system, including transformative changes implemented as a result of Royal Commission recommendations. A commitment to positive and collaborative workplace cultures is an important aspect of the role.

Are you

  • Experienced in working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders across a range of settings including government and mental health, AOD and health services?
  • Able to demonstrate expertise in engaging with the mental health, AOD and health service systems to ensure the delivery of high performing accessible, safe and high-quality services?
  • Skilled in supporting a complex environment, across functions and entities, with a strong focus on improving outcomes?

Key accountabilities


Operating at value range 1, you will:

  • Lead the management of relationships, commissioning, service performance and interfaces with clinical mental health services, MH and AOD NGOs specifically around performance, access, safety and quality of mental health and wellbeing services.
  • Identify, monitor and develop appropriate responses to emerging service delivery issues through development of excellent working relationships with health service executives, stakeholders and MH and AOD NGOs.
  • Provide detailed advice, recommendations and program options and solutions to complex and sensitive issues.
  • Actively support the development and delivery of Royal Commission recommendations and innovation in meant health and AOD service delivery and performance to improve safety, sustainability and outcomes.
  • Work in collaboration with a broad range of partners and stakeholders to ensure successful implementation.
  • Model adaptive leadership attributes and the behaviours and attributes of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division.
  • 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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