Chief Clinician

Job posted: 28/06/2024
Applications close: 28/07/2024 (Midnight)
13 days remaining

13 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $177,488 - $241,387

Occupation: Executive Management

Reference: VG/DFFH/COPL/374866B

Reference: VG/DFFH/COPL/374866B

Occupation: Executive Management

Salary Range: $177,488 - $241,387

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

If you’re having any trouble viewing this ad and would like it or any attachments in an accessible format (such as large print), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on the ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)


An exciting leadership opportunity exists for a highly experienced Chief Clinician to manage and oversee the delivery of Forensic Disability Clinical Services. The Chief Clinician is responsible for leading and managing the provision and coordination of clinical advice and representation of the Clinical Services program across the department and divisional areas of service in the State.

The Chief Clinician will lead four teams of clinicians who are responsible for assessing and addressing offending behaviour of children and adults with a cognitive disability across Victoria. The team delivers psychological and offender risk and needs assessments, cognitive behavioural offence specific and related treatment programs, family therapy, training and consultation services. The role will provide specialist clinical advice and leadership in a complex and dynamic environment and will identify service improvement opportunities and work collaboratively with teams across Forensic Disability Services and key stakeholders in developing continuous improvement systems and processes. The position will also have a pivotal role in the development and evaluation of innovative assessment and intervention approaches for people with cognitive disability.

The Chief Clinician will oversee the development of treatment plans for residents of the residential treatment program and monitor progress to ensure legislative and programmatic reporting requirements are met. The Chief Clinician will provide regular reporting to the Director, Forensic Disability Services. This is a critical leadership role within the broader Forensic Disability Services that will provide strong leadership for both the operational and technical management of the Forensic Disability Clinical Services program.

The Chief Clinician will also be required to have an in-depth understanding of relevant legislative frameworks and statutory requirements and will play a key role working with internal and external stakeholders including the Forensic Leave Panel, the Adult Parole Board, and civil and criminal courts and tribunals. The Chief Clinician will be required to provide expert evidence regarding criminal matters before the County Court of Victoria and Supreme Court of Victoria.

Are you:

  • Highly experienced in addressing serious behaviours of concern with people who have complex needs?
  • Experienced in delivering high value, evidence based psychological programs that are time critical, with complex stakeholder engagement?
  • Able to work collaboratively with senior executives to provide clear, authoritative clinical, technical and specialist advice on matters of high complexity, program design and program coordination?



  1. Lead and manage the operations of Forensic Disability Clinical Services to deliver contemporary evidence-based practice and highly specialised clinical intervention services to complex forensic disability clients within Forensic Disability Services.
  2. Provide highly specialised clinical leadership to manage and guide clinical practice, programs and service delivery and lead empirical research to develop valid and reliable assessment tools and interventions. Manage the development and implementation of quality monitoring and improvement initiatives in Forensic Disability Clinical Services.
  3. Undertake the role of Authorised Program Officer to monitor, evaluate and approve key clinical decision-making progresses concerning clients residing within Forensic Residential Services, including leave programs and restrictive interventions.

Please open the position description to read more.

The department strongly recommends (but does not mandate) that employees maintain their COVID-19 vaccination status in accordance with current ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) advice, given their individual circumstances. As of June 2023, DFFH does not require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status.


All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.

Chief Clinician

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David Pearce | e: David.Pearce@dffh.vic.gov.au m: 0447 543 084

Chief Clinician