Senior Project Officer, Financial Assistance Scheme Reform

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ1799_SEP
Closing Date: 28-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: Until 30 June 2024
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Project Officer Financial Assistance Scheme Reform.docx (Word, 540KB)

Contact: Kellie Phillips on 0438 219 550

Position Details


  • Utilise your project management skills, ability to juggle multiple priorities and can-do attitude to support delivering a new Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) for victims of crime.
  • Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service until 30 June 2024.
  • VPS Grade 5: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.  


The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Senior Project Officer to provide a critical role in the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) Reform team until 30 June 2024.


About the business unit

Victim Services, Support and Reform (VSSR) is part of the Service Delivery Reform, Coordination and Workplace Safety Group within the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS). VSSR is responsible for the delivery and reform of services to victims of crime, placing victims at the centre of our justice system, as well as direct service provision through a range of programs including the Victims of Crime Helpline, Victims Register and the Victims Assistance Program.  

In September 2018 the Victorian Government tabled in Parliament the Victorian Law Reform Commission's review of the current system of financial assistance for victims of crime, administered by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). The review recommended widespread reform of the scheme, including that a new administrative Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) is established. The Government has accepted in principle all of the report's 100 recommendations and committed to undertaking significant work to progress the recommendations in this term of government. This includes the new Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance Scheme) Act 2022 whichrecently passed Parliament.


About the role

Reporting to Senior Project Manager - Financial Assistance Scheme Reform Project, the Senior Project Officer will lead project and administrative support for the project team. This role will suit an adaptable thinker who enjoys a fast-paced project, managing multiple priorities, across multiple stakeholders.

Some of your duties will include:

  • In collaboration with the Senior Project Manager, lead the implementation of project management tools and controls across the FAS Reform Project team, in line with the department's project management excellence framework.  This includes developing project schedules, document management, risk management, project monitoring and reporting and quality assurance processes to support the effective functioning of the FAS Reform project.
  • Track and prepare reports on project progress using appropriate project management tools.
  • Prepare meeting documentation (agendas and minutes) and correspondence for the FAS Reform project governance groups, including the WOVG FAS Steering Committee.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.


About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Excellent understanding of and experience in project management tools and controls such sourcing inputs to develop project plans, creating schedules and Gantt charts, risk management, project monitoring and reporting.
  • Excellent understanding of governance frameworks and reporting processes and frameworks on projects.
  • Ability to juggle many priorities through excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills and an ability to produce professional documentation.
  • Knowledge of victims of crime issues and the criminal justice system is highly desirable.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification in project management or business, or equivalent experience is desirable.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

1.    COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)

2.    Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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