Principal Project Officer, Priority Child and Family Projects

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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: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DHHS/PSR/500709
Closing Date: 03-Apr-2017
Salary Range: $111,484 - $149,188
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: 500709-PD-VPS6 Mar.2017.doc (Word, 976KB)
Job Specification

500709-PD-VPS6 Mar.2017.pdf (PDF, 374KB)
Job Specification

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Contact: Georgie Enright
9096 1240 or email

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1
Position Summary:

Principal Project Officer, Priority Child and Family Projects

Working in the Priority Child and Family Projects Unit, this 12 month fixed-term Aboriginal identified position will be responsible for leading the development of an Aboriginal children and family strategy with support from a small project team and in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

The commitment to develop the strategy is set out in the Roadmap for Reform: strong families, safe children – the government’s long term vision for the child and family services system. The strategy will be developed in line with the principles of self-determination, and will aim to increase Aboriginal self-determination and self-management in decision-making relating to Aboriginal children, young people and families. The strategy will also be the key vehicle for the government’s response to a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Family Violence, which calls for ‘the Victorian Government to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to develop a state-wide strategic response to improving the lives of vulnerable Aboriginal children, young people and families.’

The role will be required to build strong working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including working across the Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies, and successfully engage with Aboriginal communities on draft strategy content at key points of project development. The successful applicant for this position will demonstrate a deep understanding of the experience of Aboriginal children and families in Victoria, and be capable of identifying opportunities for realising system and program change capable of supporting better outcomes for Aboriginal children and families in Victoria.

Are you

  • Aboriginal, with a good understanding of the issues facing Aboriginal communities, children, young people and/ or families across Victoria?
  • A strategic thinker, ready to identify opportunities for better ways of doing things?
  • A team player, who enjoys working collaboratively and effectively to help meet objectives?
  • An excellent communicator, and highly consultative, prepared to listen and act on what you hear from Aboriginal communities?



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.

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