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Principal Policy Officer (Vpsg6)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


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 young people and recognises that young peoples’ 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

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

  • Full time, fixed term, 12 months opportunity available with Youth Justice Directorate and Operational Reform
  • Salary range $124,033 - $165,983 plus superannuation
  • Focus on ensuring the safety, stability and effectiveness of the Youth Justice custodial system

About us

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for the supervision of children and young people in the criminal justice system.

Youth Justice oversees services responding to children and young people in the criminal justice system, providing strategic advice and delivering strategic outcomes to address youth crime and reduce offending.

About the role

Reporting to the Manager, Operational Reform, you will be part of the team developing and delivering high priority reforms to Youth Justice operations, with a focus on initiatives to ensure the safety, stability and effectiveness of the Youth Justice custodial system.

A key function of the role will involve liaising with executive, operational and policy staff across the Youth Justice portfolio, and collaborating with key department executives and business partners to execute priorities.

The role is responsible for leading a program of work which includes:

  • Engaging Youth Justice staff, children and young people, their families, service delivery partners and key stakeholders on priority projects for the Youth Justice custodial system
  • Developing new operational policies and frameworks for the Youth Justice custodial system
  • Leading a program of work to establish new and strengthened safe systems that will prevent and respond to operational risks in the Youth Justice system
  • Aligning these safe systems of work to a new configuration for Youth Justice custody, including new custodial operating models
  • Supporting Youth Justice operations in the implementation of strengthened safe systems of work and new custodial operating models.

In the role you will

  • Lead the delivery of a high priority program of work to develop and embed safe systems of work in the Youth Justice system
  • Provide project management of each priority reform initiative, including consultation, timeframes, procurement processes and budget processes to ensure that objectives and commitments are met on time and within budget and quality requirements
  • Develop and deliver high priority projects within Youth Justice operations, with a focus on initiatives to ensure the safety, stability and effectiveness of the Youth Justice custodial system
  • Provide high level and authoritative operational policy advice to departmental executives and Ministers on complex and potentially sensitive matters relevant to the delivery of the program.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Sound knowledge of and/or experience in Victorian government administrative processes
  • Proven track record in public sector policy, management and/or project delivery
  • A relevant tertiary qualification in public policy, social sciences, criminology, risk management, assurance law and/or project management is desirable.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role, please refer to the attached position description. 

Why work with us?

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we provide every person with the means to achieve their potential through ongoing learning and development opportunities in a diverse, equitable and supportive environment.

We look for people who are prepared to do their very best in line with our values and behaviours. Our values shape and influence how we recruit, train and develop our staff and build relationships with stakeholders.

We will also provide you with professional development opportunities, an employee assistance program, access to job opportunities across the Victorian Government, salary packaging and much more.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience for the position.

Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Please note: there are no Key Selection Criteria (KSC) questions required for this application and you do not need to separately address any KSC.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

During the COVID-19 pandemic all of our assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using online tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates and staff. No face to face contact is required and induction training will also be completed online for those who are successful in securing a position with us.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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