Manager/ Principal Policy & Project Officer - Multiple roles

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: Various
Job Function: Other
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/MH/687348/687461
Closing Date: 29-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: Ongoing and Fixed term (various end dates) roles
Attachments: 2022-09-15 VPS6 - Manager - PPO - Mental Health Legislative Reform - PD.docx (Word, 974KB)
Job Specification

2022-09-15 VPS6 - Manager - PPO - Mental Health Legislative Reform - PD.pdf (PDF, 253KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Kathy Ettershank

Position Details


We have an exciting once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform the state's mental health system and make a real difference to the way people experiencing mental illness are supported in Victoria.

Backed by an unprecedented investment in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Division in the Department of Health is embarking on the ambitious policy challenge of reshaping the mental health system and the way mental health services are delivered in Victoria.

The Legislative Reform Unit plays a key role in establishing the critical foundations of these reforms. Multiple roles are available to contribute to a range of priority activities being managed by the unit.

Implementation of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act

In March 2021, the Royal Commission into Mental Health System handed down its final report. A key recommendation was that the Mental Health Act 2014 should be repealed and replaced with a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.

Parliament has now passed this new legislation and work must begin immediately to prepare for its commencement by 1 September 2023. The unit will play a critical role in coordinating and managing implementation activities.

We are looking for outstanding candidates to take lead roles in supporting the implementation of the new legislation. This includes roles focused on the development of necessary regulations, and other delegated instruments and support for the broader Division in understanding obligations under the new Act.

It also includes support for the sector in transitioning to the new legislative requirements. Sector support roles will retain close ties with the legislative reform unit but may be embedded in other parts of the Division to ensure that the work aligns with and complements concurrent system reforms and sector support.

In each of these roles, you will engage closely with stakeholders, work collaboratively within the Division and the sector more broadly and have the opportunity to contribute to ensuring that the new legislation achieves the vision of the Royal Commission.

Ongoing legislative policy and reform

The legislative reform unit has an ongoing role in providing legal policy advice and progressing legislative change across mental health and the alcohol and other drug portfolios.

The unit will be responsible for implementing recommendations arising from the Independent Review as well as progressing other priority reforms of the Division.

We are looking for individuals with outstanding skills and experience in legal policy and law reform to support this challenging and important work.

Are you?

  • Able to demonstrate a strong track record in the management of complex policy projects?
  • Able to work under pressure to meet timelines, ensuring a high level of quality and accuracy in your work?

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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