Senior Program Officer, Aboriginal Initiatives Team, Child Protection Unit

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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Departmental employees are required to comply with all legal requirements including the Child Safe Standards to keep children safe from harm and abuse.

All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTI and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DHHS/CFDO/483813AA
Closing Date: 26-Aug-2018
Salary Range: $95,275 - $115,276
Job Duration: various
Attachments: 2018-08-10 Senior Program Officer - VPS 5 - Final PD.docx (Word, 222KB)
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2018-08-10 Senior Program Officer - VPS 5 - Final PD.pdf (PDF, 135KB)
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Contact: Catherine Dernee Phone: 9096 5017 or 0447 088 755
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Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 03

Office Location(s):
 Melbourne, CBD 

Position Summary:



Senior Program Officer

This is an exciting opportunity for three motivated individuals to work as part of a team and in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) to deliver on the government's commitment to Aboriginal self-determination and self-management, as outlined in the vision of Wungurilwil Gapgapduir – the Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement and reflected in commitments made to the Aboriginal Children's Forum.

Three Senior Program Officers are sought to join a dedicated team that works closely with stakeholders to support ACCOs to assume increased responsibility for vulnerable Aboriginal children, including those in care. Based in the Child Protection Unit, the position supports a range of initiatives that aim to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children and young people.


Are you

  • Knowledgeable and have experience in Victoria's child protection system?
  • An excellent communicator with high level written and analytical skills?
  • Keen to make a difference in the lives of Aboriginal children and families?
  • Experienced in the development and implementation of policy and program initiatives?


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.
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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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