Senior Policy & Legislation Officer

Worksafe is currently seeking a Senior Policy and Legislation Officer for our Legislation, Policy and Information Services Division (LPIS).
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Department: WorkSafe Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Geelong
Reference: VG/NF000040
Closing Date: 23-Apr-2018
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: No File Attached
Contact: Nadine Fleming

Position Details

At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we're committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community.

WorkSafe is relocating its headquarters to Geelong by June 2018. Prior to this date, this role will be based between 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne and our Geelong interim office.

About the role

The purpose of this role is review, analyse, advise on and develop policy and strategy in a range of contexts including strategic, economic, legislative, regulatory and operational. The Senior Policy & Legislation Officer formulates effective legislative and statutory solutions, provides authoritative policy advice to WorkSafe, and assesses and responds to emerging trends and challenges in occupational health and safety and workers compensation.

The Senior Policy & Legislation Officer will assist the Legislation, Policy and Information Services (LPIS) Division in formulating effective legislative and statutory solutions. The role will work closely with the Policy & Legislation Officer to lead or assist in the provision of authoritative advice to WorkSafe.

The Senior Policy & Legislation Officer is responsible for the preparation of legislative amendments and subordinate instruments administered by WorkSafe Victoria and providing legal advice as required by the branch in relation to legislative process and policy and other matters as required, such as;

  • Developing and supporting the review and implementation of legislation and subordinate instruments administered by WorkSafe Victoria.
  • Providing authoritative, strategic and timely advice, including legal advice in connection with legislative proposals across a wide range of local and national forums.   
  • Preparing drafting instructions, briefings, Cabinet documents, discussion/consultation papers and reports as part of legislative, parliamentary, stakeholder engagement and other policy development processes.
  • Comprehensively reviewing a range of information products and forms that implement legislation administered by WorkSafe Victoria – these include guidance materials, standard letters, forms and publicity materials.
  • In undertaking these responsibilities you will investigate and research a wide range of legal and policy issues, engage effectively with both internal and external stakeholders, and communicate clearly, concisely and effectively.

Skills & experience

  • Excellent analytical, conceptual and problem solving skills with demonstrated ability to identify emerging trends and systemic issues, develop effective responses and position an organisation to take a proactive approach to addressing issues and opportunities.
  • Experience in leading the development of strategic and/or legal policy, gained in a Government environment.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills, with experience facilitating cross-organisational approaches to problem solving and a constructive approach to managing conflict.
  • Experience in providing high quality and rigorous advice on a range of complex policy and/or legal issues within limited time constraints, including authorative advice to senior officers, Government departments and Ministers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of OHS and/or compensation law (or the capacity to rapidly gain this knowledge) and understanding of development of legislation and related Parliamentary processes.

Benefits & culture

In return we offer a range of great benefits, including work variety, workplace flexibility and leave options, learning and development opportunities, study support, a leading health and wellbeing program, contribution to gym memberships and prescription eye wear and discounted corporate health insurance rates. WorkSafe prides itself on being a great place to work.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check as part of the recruitment process.

Applications close midnight Monday 23rd April 2018. Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

For further enquiries please contact Nadine Fleming on

WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve.

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