Principal Policy Officer, Child Safeguarding & Royal Commission Team

The Department of Health and Human Services develops and delivers policies, programs and services that support and enhance the wellbeing of all Victorians. Our services are in line with the government's vision for making Victoria a stronger, more caring and innovative state.

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - part time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DHHS/CD/535690
Closing Date: 22-Jan-2019
Salary Range: $118,908 - $139,017
Job Duration: 1 role to 30.6.2020 1 role to 31.12.2019
Attachments: 2019-01-14 535690 VPS 6 PD FINAL.docx (Word, 173KB)
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2019-01-14 535690 VPS 6 PD FINAL.pdf (PDF, 56KB)
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Contact: Leila Ismail
(03) 9096 7491

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 2

Office Location(s):
 Melbourne CBD

Position Summary:

Principal Policy Officer

The Principal Policy Officer will play a leadership role in strengthening the department's approach to child safeguarding to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who have received, or are currently receiving, services delivered or funded by the department. Policy work will be informed by themes and findings from legislation, external reviews and Royal Commissions and the implementation of new schemes for information sharing and family violence risk management.

Working across government, and across the department, the Principal Policy Officer will be responsible for supporting the development and coordination of child safeguarding policy, implementation of information sharing reforms and the department's response to the Royal Commissions into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

At times, this position requires engagement with challenging and confronting subject matter. This role will best suit a candidate who is resilient, empathetic, a team player and able to work in a complex and fast-paced environment. 

Are you

  • Able to work flexibly in a demanding, complex, and busy reform environment?
  • An excellent communicator with strong stakeholder engagement and interpersonal skills?
  • A strategic thinker who can draw connections, and identify impacts, between key pieces of information?


How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Careers Page. This page provides information on the department's recruitment and safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role.
For further information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: 

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.

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