Forensic Officer - DEU

The Victoria Police Forensic Services Department is an accredited laboratory that provides a professional forensic service to Victoria Police, persons involved with the administration of justice and the public.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: FrO2
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/E20032430A
Closing Date: 03-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $70,086 - $77,377
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: VPS Application Form FO-2 - DEU.docx (Word, 628KB)

Role Statement - DEU FO2.docx (Word, 111KB)

C3336 FO-2 Position Description - Oct 21.docx (Word, 577KB)

03 9450-3540

Position Details

Victoria Police

Forensic Services Department

Document Examination Unit

Ongoing Forensic Officer Level 2 role available

About the Role:

The Victoria Police Forensic Services Department is an accredited laboratory that provides a professional forensic service to Victoria Police, persons involved with the administration of justice, and the public. 

The Document Examination Unit provides a range of forensic document examination services including:

  • Comparison of handwriting and signature formations
  • Examination of printing devices and printed documents
  • Examination of security identity documents
  • Examination of documents for indentations, obliterations, alterations and erasures

The position provides quality and timely casework assistance to the Document Examination Unit which includes both administrative and technical support.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.

As the successful applicant, some of your duties will include:

  • Exhibit handling (including the use of the laboratory exhibit management database).
  • Case processing and preparation of case files for caseworkers.
  • Under direction and supervision from caseworkers, undertake initial examinations adhering to established methodologies and procedures.
  • Perform instrument checks within the unit, including keeping records where necessary.
  • Perform a range of administrative tasks for the unit including but not limited to procurement, maintaining records (electronic and hard copy), database entry, preparation of in-house and national database submissions, casework auditing and responding to customer inquiries
  • Present factual evidence in Courts of Law where required.
  • Solve routine problems using readily available information, where alternatives are limited.
  • Assist in prioritising tasks to achieve specified targets.
  • Perform work individually and as a member of a team.

Skills & Experience

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Ability to undertake scientific/technical examinations following established procedures.
  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of relevant scientific instrumentation.
  • Proven administrative skills including the maintenance of detailed and accurate records.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on the ability to impart specialist knowledge and advice to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work autonomously and/or in a team environment and to manage workloads in order to meet defined/agreed targets and deadlines.
  • Prepare reports and provide results on technical matters relevant to own work area.
  • An understanding of the customer service requirements of the position and a demonstrated record of strong commitment and achievement in meeting customer needs.
  • A proven record of ethical behaviour and a demonstrated commitment to the Victoria Police Code of Ethics and Conduct and the Organisational Values.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Position is located at 31 Forensic Drive, Macleod, Victoria.
  • 1 x Ongoing FO-2 position available
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide a DNA sample (buccal swab) for use in laboratory quality control procedures (elimination purposes only)
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.
  • The position may require the incumbent to be exposed to material that is offensive and/or graphic in nature.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through the following platform: Job Skills Exchange (JSE) or website.  Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE).

Applications close midnight, Monday 3rd October 2022 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role contact: Kylie Edwards on 03 9450 3540 or via email

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community.

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