Manager, Aboriginal Service Design (VPSG6)

Job posted: 26/03/2024
Applications close: 28/04/2024 (Midnight)
16 days remaining

16 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $130,673 - $174,869

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Reference: VG/DFFH/FSV/540707C

Reference: VG/DFFH/FSV/540707C

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

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)



The Manager, Aboriginal Service Design is a senior member of the Aboriginal Initiatives Unit in the Family & Sexual Violence Programs Branch, Family Safety Victoria, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

The Manager provides effective leadership of the team responsible for a range of Aboriginal governance structures and provision of high-quality policy, project and reporting support to monitor progress and deliver actions against: Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families, the Aboriginal 10 year Family Violence Agreement. This team supports the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum. The Forum is the key governance structure that brings together Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services and Government to create a future where Aboriginal people live free from family violence.

This role will lead the delivery of critical actions under Dhelk Dja Strategic Priority's three – Self-determining Aboriginal family violence support and services, Priority four – System transformation based on self-determination and Priority five Aboriginal-led and informed innovation, data and research and relevant activities under the Dhelk Dja Three Year Action Plan and the Dhelk Dja 10 Year Agreement.

The Manager will build strong relationships across Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services, Department of Families, Fairness and Housing and other government departments/agencies to support outcomes in line with Dhelk Dja. The Manager role will provide management and leadership support for a team, and work as part of a collaborative Aboriginal Initiatives Unit leadership group.

The role actively works collaboratively with government and non-government stakeholders across the state in ensuring engagement with Aboriginal communities to develop solutions to issues of family violence involving Aboriginal people. The position is tasked with ensuring that there is Aboriginal voice in the coordination of responses to family violence in Aboriginal communities in line with the principle of self-determination.

The successful applicant will require a strong knowledge of Aboriginal culture and principles of self-determination, as well as proven highly developed leadership, negotiation and relationship building skills. They will also require a strong understanding of public policy and the political environment in relation to Aboriginal communities and the Aboriginal Affairs reform agenda.  


  • Forge strong relationships with Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal services and organisations, government and non-government sectors to facilitate a partnership approach to achieving the strategic priorities outlined in the Dhelk Dja 10 Year Agreement.
  • Provide facilitation, leadership and project management support to the Dhelk Dja Governance structures to strategically plan, design and implement specific actions and funding in the second Action Plan (2023-2025) aligned to the strategic priorities in the 10 Year Agreement.
  • Maintain an understanding of issues impacting stakeholders and projects and identify and actively manage emerging issues and areas of risk.

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.

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010, provides for lawful 'Special Measure' provisions, therefore the following has been applied to this role. 

This is a Designated role - Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.


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) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> 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.

Manager, Aboriginal Service Design  (VPSG6)

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Wayne Freeman (03) 88507185 | wayne.x.freeman@familysafety.vic.gov.au

Manager, Aboriginal Service Design  (VPSG6)