Principal Policy Officer

Drive policy development and implementation for Victoria Police in the areas of Family Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Consulting and Strategy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/E20032609A
Closing Date: 05-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description C3344.docx (Word, 438KB)

2. Application Form 20032609.docx (Word, 628KB)

Contact: Bettina Cooke
03 8335 8535 or

Position Details

About the role:

This role will drive policy development and implementation for Victoria Police in the areas of Family Violence, Sexual Offences and Child Abuse. Reporting to the Manager, Strategy, Policy and Legislation Unit (SPLU) Family Violence Command (FVC), the successful applicant will be required to initiate, develop and coordinate strategic advice, policy and legislation with a whole of command view, and to support integration of initiatives and expertise strengthening responses to family violence, sexual offences and child abuse. The successful applicant will have significant record of achievement in the Command themes particularly relating to violence against women and children and will be leading key work arising from recent reforms to the way police and the broader system respond to sexual offending.

This position is a senior VPS role that would be required to support and lead an array of projects for SPLU and FVC. The SPLU team is responsible for: 

  • Leading reforms arising from Government reforms to responses to sex offending including policy, practice and process changes and supporting education and capability uplift across the organisation.
  • Policy analysis, advice and support for Victoria Police and whole of Victorian Government reform agenda, including analysis of emerging trends and developing new strategic policy proposals.
  • Drawing on specialist expertise across the Command to develop advice regarding cabinet submissions, legislative change proposals, internal policies, government discussion papers, input to national policy requests and other policy proposals.
  • Supporting coronial proceedings including supporting responses to the Coroner.
  • Managing, coordinating and supporting key Command projects, stakeholder groups and crime themes.
  • Providing advice to the Command on policy development and implementation and supporting policy capability uplift
  • Supporting Command engagement with external government and sector stakeholders.

Current key initiatives include revisions of Victorian Police Manuals and Codes of Practice in relation to the Command themes to incorporate legislative changes, coronial recommendations, operational practice improvements and sector feedback.

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

Your duties will include:

  • The development of complex policies, procedures and guidelines and the provision of timely policy advice to government, senior levels of the organisation and key external stakeholders.
  • Undertaking high level research and analysis to support the development of policy advice including translating policy positions into operational guidance.
  • Managing and contributing to FVC Action Plan and Work Plan accountabilities as tasked.
  • Providing and coordinating timely advice to respond to legislative and policy submissions, and to support strategic policy and legislative change projects.
  • Representing Family Violence Command and Victoria Police in high-level internal and external forums and engagement with key stakeholders as required.
  • Developing, maintaining and strengthening relationships internally and externally, with key clients and stakeholders.
  • Leading and contributing to Command projects including planning, governance and reporting as required.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • A People Focused approach to work that balances the needs of self, others and the workplace and a personal commitment to workplace safety.
  • A strong work ethic, self-motivation, flexibility and the ability to work autonomously and contribute to a team.
  • Proven experience in the development of complex policies, procedures and guidelines and the ability to provide policy advice to government, senior levels of the organisation and key external stakeholders preferably in respect to family violence, sex offences and child abuse.
  • Highly developed and flexible organisational, management and planning skills.
  • Developed strategic thinking, project management and planning skills.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Highly developed written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to represent Victoria Police in high level meetings and in public settings.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x Full-time, ongoing, VPS-6, Principal Policy Officer position available
  • This position is located at the Victoria Police Centre. 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.[CBX1] 
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated (this includes a booster vaccination) and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form – word document (2. Application form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement.

Applications close midnight, Wednesday 5th October 2022.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic), Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) website.
Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

For further information on this role please contact: Bettina Cooke on (03) 8335 8535 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 or on (03) 8335 8081.

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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