Policy and Research 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.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

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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.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ4680J
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: until 30 June 2024
Attachments: Position Description - VPS4 Policy and Research Officer TJRU.docx (Word, 540KB)

Contact: Mark Evenhuis on 0476 805 082

Position Details

  • Exciting opportunity to assist with the development of evidence-based policy and legislative reform to progress the Aboriginal Justice reform agenda.
  • Fixed term role available until 30 June 2024.
  • VPS Grade 4: $90,067 - $102,192 plus superannuation.

 The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Policy and Research Officer within Aboriginal Justice to provide a critical role within the Truth and Justice Response Unit.

This is a prioritised role for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, who will be given priority consideration as per the special measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.


About the business unit

The Aboriginal Justice group of the department is committed to driving systemic change in the justice system, to connect, support and deliver better outcomes for the Aboriginal community. The group works in partnership with Traditional Owners and the Victorian Aboriginal community to embed the principles of self-determination in the justice sector. The group is also responsible for leading the department's response to the Yoorrook Justice Commission (Commission) and administering the Victorian Government's Stolen Generations Reparations package.​​​​​​​

The Truth and Justice Response Unit (TJRU) is a newly established unit that leads the coordination of the department's responses to inquiries from the Commission and will lead proactive and responsive legislative and system reform opportunities across the Justice and Community Safety sector that align with the Commission's mandate.


About the role

Reporting to the Manager, Policy and System Reform TJRU, this position will be responsible for assisting with supporting the department, through research and policy development, to apply lessons from truth-telling to reform legislation and justice systems to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Some of the duties will include:

  • With guidance and support, undertake research and analysis on contemporary and historical injustice against First Peoples and prepare advice in response to Yoorrook Justice Commission lines of inquiry
  • With guidance and support, contribute to briefings on complex issues including risks and trends relating to matters being considered by the Commission
  • Contribute to considered, informed and authoritative advice to senior executives of the Aboriginal Justice Group on historic and ongoing injustices committed against Aboriginal Victorians
  • Contribute to policy, program and reform initiatives within the Truth and Justice Response Unit
  • Contribute to building and maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated approach across the department
  • Contribute to detailed, comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs, cabinet and agency submissions on complex matters, integrating complex information from a variety of sources in a time-pressured environment.
  • Have an understanding of the Victorian Government's commitment to Aboriginal self-determination and be able to identify outcomes that align with the overarching Aboriginal self-determination agenda.

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:

  • Knowledge and experience of public policy development and implementation.
  • Knowledge and experience of Cabinet processes and Government decision-making processes or an interest in, and demonstrated ability to acquire, that knowledge.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and work effectively with the Victorian Aboriginal community.


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 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.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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 three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

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