Principal Policy Officer (two positions)

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.

Our vision is to achieve the best health, wellbeing and safety of all Victorians so that they can live a life they value.

We are building an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity of backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services aimed at enhancing the lives of vulnerable Victorians.

The department is committed to the safety of its clients. The department takes a zero tolerance approach to abuse, including child abuse and abuse of people with disability.

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.

If you want a career within a department striving to make Victoria the best place to be and helping shape communities we all want to be part of, then we encourage you to apply.

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Other
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DHHS/HW/510825
Closing Date: 20-Aug-2017
Salary Range: $113,156 - $151,426
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2017-07-27 - PD - Principal Policy Officer - fixed term.doc (Word, 946KB)
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2017-07-27 - PD - Principal Policy Officer - fixed term.pdf (PDF, 151KB)
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2017-07-27 - PD - Principal Policy Officer - ongoing.doc (Word, 946KB)
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2017-07-27 - PD - Principal Policy Officer - ongoing.doc.pdf (PDF, 151KB)
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Contact: Lorraine Langley
(03) 9096 7003

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 2

There are two positions available in the unit. Please refer to the individual position descriptions with their position numbers and identify on your application which role (or both) you are applying for.

Position Summary:


The Principal Policy Officer, System Policy and Integration Unit is a new, fixed term role being established as part of the Victorian Government's commitment to deliver the Forensic Mental Health Implementation Plan.


Funded as part of the 2017-18 Victorian State Budget, the Forensic Mental Health Implementation Plan is delivering $85.2 million to help identify clients who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system, expand the capacity of Thomas Embling Hospital and provide specialist forensic mental health support for young people.

Are you


  • Are you interested in driving the expansion of forensic mental health services across Victoria?
  • Do you possess strong stakeholder management and engagement skills?
  • Are you able to manage complex projects in a dynamic environment?



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 view the Information for Applicants document to obtain guidance on what to include in your cover letter and resume. This document also provides information on the department's recruitment and employment safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role, or click here to obtain step-by-step guidance on how to register and apply online.

The Department of Health and Human Services has undergone a merger. Please note, as an interim measure, for further information please review both websites: and

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