Manager and PPO, Priority Justice Policy and Family Violence

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ3857JUNE2024
Closing Date: 25-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Manager and PPO - Violence Prevention and Safety Policy - VPS6 - Position Description.pdf (PDF, 203KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Alice Fishburn on 0439 336 295

Position Details

  • Utilise your Management expertise to provide support and advice to the Ministerial Services, Policy Reform and Programs branch
  • A Fixed-Term, Full-Time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service for 12 months
  • VPS Grade 6: $130,673 - $174,869 plus superannuation.

About the Business Unit:

The Police, Racing, Victims and Coordination (PRVC) group is responsible for leading key policy reform and programs across the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS). It enhances community safety and wellbeing through public policy, governance, legislative advice, reform and grants, bringing together all policy and reform functions aligned to the Police, Crime Prevention, Victims and Racing portfolios.

Ministerial Services, Policy Reform and Programs (MSPRP) comprise several business units, including: Ministerial Services and Coordination, Policy Reform and Programs and Redress Design. These business units are responsible for providing critical departmental and Ministerial coordination support and delivering essential family violence programs and crime prevention grants.  MSPRP is also responsible for delivery of priority justice policy reforms in line with departmental and Ministerial priorities. It also leads on crime prevention, family violence and the public intoxication reforms. MSPRP teams work in a dynamic environment, requiring agile policy teams to respond to key priorities as they arise.

About the Role:

This role will be split over a 12 month period accordingly: Six months as the Manager, Violence Prevention and Safety Policy, and six months as Principal Policy Officer, Priority Justice Policy and Family Violence.

As the Manager you will lead a multi-disciplinary team to responsible for consulting with diverse stakeholder groups and shaping authoritative policy advice to senior departmental executives. This role will play a key leadership role, with a particular responsibility for the provision of high level advice to Senior Executives.

As the Principal Policy Officer you will be responsible for delivering a breadth of policy reform and programs work across the priority policy reforms for the group. You will be responsible for working on priority projects, to deliver policy reform. 

Some of your duties will include:

  • Providing authoritative, strategic policy advice as it relates to a range of portfolios relevant to the Ministerial Services, Policy Reform and Programs business unit  
  • Leading the development and implementation of policy reform, including planning and design, consultation and developing effective solutions to barriers
  • Managing and developing a team, including staff performance management, contributing to staff professional development, building capability and delivering quality outputs.

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

About You:

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Well-developed knowledge of government and the justice system, including issues and pressures to which the department and government has to respond
  • Demonstrated experience in providing leadership, guidance and performing effectively under pressure in a dynamic and politically sensitive environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and extensive experience in preparing and coordinating timely, concise and accurate briefings. 


  • A tertiary qualification in a related discipline would be 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 reference checks, national police checks and misconduct screening. Dependant on the role, other checks may include VicRoads checks, drivers licence checks, medical checks, Working with Children Checks, and Declaration of Private Interests (for executive and responsible officer roles).

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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