Senior Policy Officer

The Department of Justice and Regulation delivers high quality services to Victorians and supports a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

We provide professional, value for money services that are driven by our values: working together, making it happen, respecting other people, serving the community and acting with integrity.

Through our commitment to diversity and equality, we are actively engaged in promoting and maintaining a safe and inclusive work environment where all employees are respected, valued and supported.

Our employees are key to our success, and bring new and creative responses to issues and challenges we face in our work and the delivery of quality services to the Victorian community. We proactively seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

Working flexibly is considered business as usual at the Department of Justice and Regulation. All requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered in line with operational requirements.

Department policy stipulates that salary upon commencement is paid at the base of the salary range for the relevant grade. Any above base requests require sign off by an executive delegate and will be by exception only or where required to match the current salary of Victorian Public Service staff transferring at level.

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If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application.
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ9368_DJ1053
Closing Date: 25-Feb-2018
Salary Range: $93,867 - $113,572
Job Duration: Until 30 June 2019
Attachments: DJ9368_DJ1053 Senior Policy Officer - Position Description.doc (Word, 860KB)

Applying for a position at DJR.pdf (PDF, 160KB)

Contact: Lisa Saxton on (03) 8684 1907

Position Details

About us

Liquor, Gaming and Racing (LGR) advises the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and the Minister for Racing, on the development and implementation of liquor and gambling legislation and regulation, and on current and emerging issues.

The role of the Office of Racing is to advise the Minister for Racing on the development and implementation of racing policy and on current and emerging racing-related issues.

The Office of Racing administers racing legislation, implements the government's racing policy objectives and facilitates the ongoing relationship between the government and stakeholders within the racing industry. Key stakeholders include Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria, and their racing clubs, the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner and key racing stakeholder bodies such as those representing owners, trainers, jockeys, drivers and other industry representative bodies.

The Office of Racing also has responsibility for the administration of funding support to the racing industry in order to deliver on key objectives of the government's racing program.

About the role

As the Senior Policy Officer, you will be responsible for:

  • actively contributing to the work of the team and leading projects on a variety of racing policy matters
  • developing legislation and regulations and preparing briefings for the Minister and other required entities
  • managing designated projects and activities in the Office of Racing
  • providing authoritative advice in relation to the development of racing policies
  • developing and maintaining an understanding of current initiatives and directions in racing and wagering policies
  • undertaking a broad range of tasks associated with the implementation of the government's racing program.

There are 2 fixed term positions available

About you

As the successful candidate, you will have experience in:

  • leading policy development in a government context
  • government systems and processes
  • the preparation of complex briefings and correspondence.

A degree in public policy or other relevant discipline is desirable.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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