Senior Policy Adviser (Stakeholder Engagement)

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Closing Date: 06-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Policy Adviser (Stakeholder Engagement) - Sept 2021 (1).pdf (PDF, 216KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Alex Markham on 0428 713 642

Position Details

  • Utilise your policy and engagement expertise to lead on justice reforms
  • Ongoing, Full-Time Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.

An exciting opportunity exists for a dynamic individual who loves a challenge in a fast-paced environment. This key role will work with internal external stakeholders and play a pivotal role in delivering meaningful engagement to help shape the justice and community safety reform agenda.

About the Business Unit

The Stakeholder Engagement, Intergovernmental Strategy and Inclusion Unit plays a critical role in building the Department of Justice and Community Safety's (DJCS) capacity to engage with stakeholders. The Unit also works to ensure that inclusion and intersectionality are at the heart of the justice reform agenda.


About the Role

The Senior Policy Adviser (Stakeholder Engagement) will:

  • Lead on the development and delivery of high risk, high profile engagement projects relating to justice reforms
  • Undertake complex research and strategically analyse stakeholder feedback against policy proposals
  • Pro-actively identify, build and maintain positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop strategic engagement plans and prepare discussion papers, outcomes reports and presentations for key external stakeholders and governance forums on complex and sensitive issues
  • Operate as an internal consultant by providing strategic advice on complex policy and engagement considerations to policy and project teams across the department
  • Contribute to a consistent and coherent engagement and inclusion approach across the department.
  • Support the leadership team to deliver on the Unit's objectives.


About You

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced adviser who understands our policy landscape and can hit the ground running to support stakeholder engagement on high-profile and high-risk reform projects. Ideally, you will have extensive policy and/or stakeholder engagement experience along with:

  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills with a particular ability to analyse complex policy and program issues
  • A project management mindset and ability to develop and implement engagement plans in a fast paced, sometimes ambiguous environment
  • Strong experience leading complex policy projects end-to end, including direct stakeholder engagement
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills with a particular ability to analyse complex engagement, policy and program issues, interpret legislation and provide accurate and strategic advice
  • Strong experience and knowledge of the governance framework within the Victorian Public Sector
  • Proven experience with strategic planning, strategic analysis and delivery of strategic advice
  • Experience in mentoring and guiding teams, including supporting other members of the team
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare well-written, timely, concise, accurate and audience-appropriate briefings and reports.
  • A relevant qualification from a recognised tertiary institution is desired.


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 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.



The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.  

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time). 

Acceptable evidence includes: 

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account) 

  1. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) 

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.  

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