Senior Legal Policy Officer

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ1800JUNE2024
Closing Date: 25-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: 31 October 2025
Attachments: Position Description -Senior Legal Policy Officer - DJ1800.pdf (PDF, 224KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Lauren Scholz on 0419 345 950

Position Details

  • Utilise your policy expertise to provide support and advice to the Victim Services Support and Reform branch
  • Fixed-Term (until 31/10/2025), Full-Time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5: $106,534 - $128,897 plus superannuation.

About Us:

Victims Services, Support and Reform part of the Police, Racing, Victims and Coordination 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.

The Strategy and Policy unit in VSSR leads the development and implementation of victims' policy within DJCS and across government, including major system reforms, and the delivery of a new Financial Assistance Scheme for victims of crime and the new Victims Legal Service.

About the Role:

This role forms part of the Legal Policy team within VSSR. The team supports Ministerial, cabinet and parliamentary matters as well as being responsible for the governance and delivery of Victoria's first Victims Legal Service and supporting implementation of the Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme, a landmark reform that will replace the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. The Legal Policy team also leads and influences the development of policy and legislative reforms for victims of crime.

This role will suit an experienced policy and creative policy thinker and with the ability to work to tight deadlines. You will enjoy working in a dynamic and high performing environment at the forefront of reform across multiple subject areas.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Analysing and proactively influencing policy development and legislation across government departments, agencies and entities to ensure victims' perspectives are effectively considered and reflected.
  • Providing expert advice, submissions and briefings for the Attorney-General, Minister for Victim Support and DJCS senior executives and Cabinet.
  • Developing and managing stakeholder relationships across DJCS to strategically influence legislative and policy outcomes that improve victim engagement and empowerment in the justice system.

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

About You:

As an ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Demonstrated high quality analytical and policy skills, including the use of data to inform policy development.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing or implementing legislation, subordinate legislation or Guidelines.
  • Knowledge of parliamentary, Cabinet and Government decision-making processes.
  • Professional written communication skills and demonstrated ability to develop complex policies, briefs, Cabinet submissions and other documents, such as Guidelines to a high standard.
  • Understanding of victims' issues, in particular family violence, sexual assault, financial assistance for victims or the criminal justice system.  


  • A bachelor of Laws or equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution is highly 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 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.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.



The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.

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