Governance Lead

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ8790
Closing Date: 06-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - DJ8790 Governance Lead_.docx (Word, 540KB)

Contact: Krystal Henderson on 0477 793 758

Position Details

  • Liaise, coordinate, and provide strategic support.
  • Ongoing opportunity to join a passionate team in the Aboriginal Justice Group.
  • VPS Grade 5 : $103,920 - $125,735plus superannuation.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is seeking a Governance Lead to provide a critical role within the Aboriginal Justice Group.

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 of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is committed to driving systemic change in the justice system, to connect, support and deliver better outcomes for the Aboriginal community.

The Koori Justice Unit (KJU), within the Aboriginal Justice Group, Department of Justice, and Community Safety, is primarily responsible for coordinating implementation of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA) across the Victorian Government and justice system. The core role of the KJU is to provide institutional stewardship to deliver improved and equitable justice outcomes for the Aboriginal community, in partnership with key community and government stakeholders.

About the role

As the Governance Lead, you will have a primary responsibility to support the governance mechanisms under the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, including coordination and support of the RAJAC and LAJAC network and Collaborative Working Groups. This role will be responsible for oversight, ensuring sound governance process are upheld across these mechanisms under the AJA.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Attend and represent the KJU at DJCS cross government and stakeholder meetings as required
  • Establish and maintain effective procedures and practices to maintain high quality KJU business operations.
  • Report on project and activity status including schedules, risks and critical issues on a regular basis.

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:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to identify, develop and implement new policies, programs and initiatives.

A qualification in project management, public administration or a related discipline 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 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:

  1. COVID-19 digital 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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