Operational Policy Officer

The Commission is an independent statutory body that promotes improvement in policies and practices affecting the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people. It has a particular focus on vulnerable children and young people. The Commission is also the regulator for the Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme. The Commission supports flexible and hybrid working models Mandatory Vaccinations The Commission is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and stakeholders. Employees will be required to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus a minimum of one booster) against preventable diseases, such as COVID-19, based on Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions and the Commission’s policies. When required, the Commission will need to collect proof of your vaccination status
Job Details
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Department: Commission for Children and Young People
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/OPO4
Closing Date: 26-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Position description - Operational Policy Officer - VPS 4.DOCX (Word, 108KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Alison Medhursst, Manager, Policy Projects
0429 853 677

Position Details

Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Operational Policy Officer will be responsible for developing a suite of operational policies and procedures to facilitate the introduction of the Child Wellbeing and Safety (Child Safe Standards Compliance and Enforcement) Amendment Act 2021. The Operational Policy Officer will also contribute to the development of regulatory strategy, officer training and education and capacity building activities. Stakeholder engagement is a requirement of the role, including facilitating and participating in project meetings.

The Operational Policy Officer reports directly to the Manager, Policy Projects. The Operational Policy Officer will have expertise in providing operational and regulatory policy analysis and advice in a compliance context. The role requires a systemic and evidence-based approach to the design, implementation and review of regulatory policy and compliance practices at the Commission.

At times this position requires engagement with challenging and confronting subject matter related to child abuse and vulnerable children. 

 In this role you will:

  • Contribute to the development and provision of strategic advice and influence regulatory policy and compliance practice across the Commission's regulatory functions.
  • Assist in the review and design approaches to regulation and its implementation to maximise compliance, while minimising compliance costs and the risks of unintended effects.
  • Undertake research and contribute to the development of a range of policy and initiatives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Maintain an understanding of issues impacting the Commission's stakeholders and incorporate, where appropriate, into the development and review of policies, procedures, standards and operating practices.

 About You

 As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in regulatory policy or analysis and the design and implementation of effective regulatory practice.
  • Strong communication and engagement skills
  • Ability to maintain a high attention to detail and perform effectively under pressure in a dynamic environment.

What we can offer you

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • A friendly and supportive working environment.
  • Training and development opportunities.
  • Free access to the building's lifestyle centre including a gym, secure bicycles storage, shower rooms with hair dryers, straighteners, ironing board and fresh towels.

Applications close midnight Wednesday 26 September 2022

How to Apply

Please include a resume and covering letter.

There will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond. There is no need to respond to the selection criteria itself.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

The Commission is committed to diversity and strongly encourages people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from different cultural backgrounds, LGBTI+ people and people with disabilities.

The Commission is headed by the Principal Commissioner, Liana Buchanan, and the Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Meena Singh.

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