Senior Policy and Project Officer

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Department: Department of Premier & Cabinet
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VG/1795438A
Closing Date: 15-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: 2 years
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Policy & Project Officer - FPSR - ALR - May 2024.docx (Word, 191KB)


Contact: Hanna Tadesse, Manager Aboriginal Land Rights
0461 286 296

Position Details

A unique opportunity exists for a talented and passionate individual to join the Aboriginal Land Rights team as Senior Policy & Project Officer. This role will contribute to the ground-breaking work of the Group in the areas of truth, Treaty, self-determination and cultural rights.

The First Peoples - State Relations Group supports an extensive program of priority work with First Peoples, applying a strong understanding of self-determination to our work practices and in providing clear and robust advice to the Minister for Treaty and First Peoples, Premier, Cabinet and senior executives within the Group.

As the Senior Policy & Project Officer, you will lead production of and deliver high quality, strategic, clear, evidence-based and solution-focussed policy advice and work outputs for the branch and departmental senior executives, Ministers and the Premier. You will also support delivery of a whole-of-government approach to Treaty in Victoria, by ensuring opportunities to progress Treaty are realised, and developing and coordinating stakeholder discussions and forums.

 About You

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • Ability to take ownership of work, adapting systems and processes quickly to changed priorities and situations
  • Ability to deliver work outputs with high autonomy to a high quality to meet agreed outcomes, timelines and standards
  • Understanding of systemic State intersections with marginalised or vulnerable groups
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Understanding of the cultural, political and organisational context of Treaty in engagement with stakeholders and advice provision

Please note that an understanding, experience and commitment to the rights of First Peoples in Victoria, including cultural rights, self-determination, Treaty and truth is expected in this role.

Working with us, you can make a difference not just in your career, but in the community where you work and live.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

How to apply

Apply before the advertised closing date. All applications should include:

  • a resume; and
  • a cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria (within three pages).

Current VPS employees are strongly encouraged to apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) platform.

Other relevant information

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees and clients and consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OH&S Act), to support this DPC has a COVID-19 Vaccination policy which strongly recommends all DPC employees be fully vaccinated.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent form. Employment of successful candidates will be subject to a National Police Check. DPC actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from all diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. All roles at DPC can be worked flexibly, however it may differ from role to role.


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