Senior 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: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ8794SEP
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: DJ8794 - Position Description - VPS5 Senior Legal Policy Officer JF.DOCX (Word, 2.22MB)

Contact: Edwina Kabengele - 0424 757 885

Position Details

  • Great opportunity for a short term role or possibly 2 year fixed term
  • Utilise your strong legal policy and communication skills 
  • VPS5 salary $103,920 to $125,735 plus superannuation


About us 

Integrity, Legal and Law Reform (ILLR) supports the Attorney-General and DJCS ministers to deliver criminal and civil law policy responsibilities by providing legal, policy, integrity and assurance expertise to DJCS and Justice Ministers. We work collaboratively with key entities across the justice system and the department to ensure policy reform is strategic, relevant, holistic and people-centred.

Within ILLR, Justice Policy and Legislation (JP&L) leads policy development and law reform across civil and criminal law, including the delivery of the Attorney-General's (and other justice Ministers) legislative reform program and national reform projects through the Meeting of Attorneys-General.  

Justice Foundations (JF) is one of three JP&L teams. We have a broad remit, including civil and criminal evidence and procedure, tort, administrative and probate law, fatal offences, open courts, juries and jury directions, property law, contempt and coroners court policy and sexual offence reform.

About the role

Within JF, the Senior Legal Policy Officer is responsible for the co-ordination, development, implementation, review and reform of policy and legislation across the Attorney-General's portfolio, whilst providing considered, informed and authoritative advice to the senior executives and government on key policy and legislation issues. 

About you 

As our ideal candidate you will have:  

  • A law degree, and experience in practice and/or in policy work
  • The ability to develop complex legislation, strategic and policy frameworks and plans 
  • High level influencing and negotiation skills to work collaboratively with our partners across the department and the broader justice system 
  • Experience with processes for development of legislation within a parliamentary system 

For further information please refer to the attached position description. 

How to apply 

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a cover letter and resume, with no requirement to address the key selection criteria. Please confirm if you would like to be considered for either short term, longer term roles, or both.

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. 



The Department has legislated duties to provide and maintain a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees and other workplace participants. Consistent with these duties the Department has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all employees who are, or may be, required to work for the Department outside their ordinary place of residence to be COVID-19 vaccinated within the timeframes specified by the Department and/or any timeframe set by any Chief Health Officer direction. The policy applies to all new and current employees. 

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. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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