Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer

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: Safer Care Victoria
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: VPS STS
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/SCV/482182B
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $173,134 - $235,465
Job Duration: Three (3) year fixed term contract
Attachments: 2023-01-19 PD Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer.docx (Word, 92KB)
Job Specification

2023-01-19 PD Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer.pdf (PDF, 496KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Mike Roberts

Position Details


The Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer (CNMO) is responsible for providing strategic clinical leadership, advice to the Minister, Department of Health, Safer Care Victoria (SCV) and the broader health service and hospital sector on nursing and midwifery.

The CNMO is a key member of the SCV Senior Leadership Team and will work together with colleagues, as one team, to deliver the strategy of the organisation. It is not about your team and its deliverables it is about a singular goal and mission, improving outcomes for the population of Victoria.

The CNMO is the principal advisor on all matters relating to nursing and midwifery, and for the provision of professional leadership and direction on a diverse range of nursing and midwifery issues for Victoria.

The CNMO oversees the development of policies and initiatives to support the delivery of safe, effective and high-quality person-centred care on behalf of SCV. Engagement with senior stakeholders and leaders across government and the broader health sector will be required. The role provides a link between Safer Care Victoria, the Department and the broader nursing community and promotes the interests of nursing and midwifery in Victoria as well as nationally and internationally.


The Chief Nurse and Midwifery officer provides leadership for nurses and midwives across Victoria. This is supported by the Senior Maternity Advisor and Principal Maternal-Child Health Nurse who report to this position. The role represents Victoria at a national level and is a key advocate for Nursing and Midwifery into the Department of Health.

The role works in partnership with other leaders and teams in SCV to deliver the organisations strategic goals. This is reflected in the following activities undertaken by the role when required (but not limited to):

  • Leading nursing and midwifery workforce initiatives for SCV and the Department of Health
  • Contributing to the multidisciplinary approach to workforce solutions
  • Supporting the SCV Safety branch to undertake reviews and make recommendations
  • Executive sponsorship of system wide improvement initiatives
  • Engaging with academic institutions within the SCV academic strategy and supporting research relating to SCV work programs 


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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