Inspector of Municipal Administration (Investigator)

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.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

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.

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 more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Regulatory, Governance and Compliance
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/LGI009-02-2024
Closing Date: 10-Mar-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description_Inspector of Municipal Administration_Updated January 2024.pdf (PDF, 255KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Michelle Bowran on 0429 312 225
michelle.bowran@lgi.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Assessment of complaints, conducting initial action enquiries and subsequent investigations in consideration of the Local Government Act 2020
  • Ongoing full-time opportunity to work with the Local Government Inspectorate.
  • VPS Grade 4: $92,332 - $104,762 plus superannuation.

The Local Government Inspectorate is seeking an Inspector of Municipal Administration (Investigator) to provide a critical role within it's team.

Local Government Inspectorate

Under the leadership of the Chief Municipal Inspector (CMI), the Local Government Inspectorate (LGI) is an independent administrative office hosted by the Department of Justice and Community Safety. It is the dedicated integrity agency for local government focussing on investigations for offences and compliance with the Local Government Act 2020 (Act).

The key functions of the Inspectorate include:

  • Investigating alleged breaches and offences against the Act, including public interest disclosures within LGI's jurisdiction.
  • Monitoring council governance frameworks and practices.
  • Investigating alleged breaches of electoral provisions.
  • Targeted governance examinations and broader systemic audits of councils to identify opportunities for systemic improvement and legislative compliance.
  • Investigating allegations of serious or gross misconduct by councillors and senior council staff.
  • Collaborating with the Victorian Government Solicitor to undertake prosecutions for breaches of the Act.
  • Advising the Attorney General and Minister for Local Government where there are significant failures of council to provide good governance.
  • Engaging with the local government sector through presentations to councils and attendance at relevant seminars.

About the Role

As an Inspector of Municipal Administration, you will participate in the key functions of the Inspectorate, including the assessment of complaints, conducting initial action enquiries and subsequent investigations. This includes making enquiries with councils, complainants, and witnesses, documenting all actions and activity as well as writing reports and briefs.

The role also includes assisting in the development and delivery of proactive governance examinations of councils and assisting in broader reviews of systemic issues across the local government sector.

Assessment and investigation functions must be conducted in an effective, efficient, fair and timely manner to ensure the integrity and transparency of local government in Victoria.

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:

  • Analytical Problem Solving: Ability to use innovative thinking and analytical skills to gather, collate, analyse and respond to information.
  • Investigation and Examination Skills: Ability to conduct investigations and examinations under direction within tight timeframes and in a sensitive environment.
  • Report and Brief Preparation: Ability to compile and support the preparation of evidence-based reports and briefs of varying complexity, in consideration of legislation, criminal procedures and rules of evidence. Clear and concise written communication skills are highly regarded.
  • Knowledge of Legislation: Demonstrated understanding of the Act or experience of assessing information in accordance with regulatory Acts.

Qualifications

  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence;
  • Some out of hours work will be required including overnight travel to regional Victoria;
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in the field of law or commerce or related discipline or investigatory experience is highly 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 INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

  • 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.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

CHILD SAFE STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT:

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.


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