Manager, Child Safeguarding Policy (VPSG6)

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 29/05/2022 (Midnight)
9 days remaining

9 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Until 30.Jun.2023

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $125,893 - $168,473

Occupation: Community Services

Reference: VG/DFFH/CFCD/CF/611835

Reference: VG/DFFH/CFCD/CF/611835

Occupation: Community Services

Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473

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)


  • Provide authoritative advice, reasoned recommendations and innovative solutions to complex and sensitive issues based on comprehensive research.
  • Develop policy initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Monitor and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and agency submissions.


An exciting opportunity exists for a Manager, Child Safeguarding Policy on a Fixed term -Until 30 June 2023-Full time basis in Children and Families Branch.

Children and Families leads the development and translation of policy into operation service delivery for child protection, care services, family services and the government's commitment to Aboriginal self-determination and self-management as outlined in the vision of the Aboriginal Children's Forum, Wungurilwil Gapgdapduir: Aboriginal Children and Families Agreement, Roadmap for Reform and Beyond Good Intentions. The branch is responsible for ensuring best practice legislation, policy, programs and initiatives which are developed effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of the Victorian community. The branch leads a range of child safeguarding initiatives, primarily the Royal Commission response and implementation of the new child sharing information legislation.

The Manager, Child Safeguarding Policy will lead a team with responsibility for the ongoing policy and coordination work arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) and development of the Child Information Sharing Scheme, Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, and the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM). The Manager will have oversight of development of policy advice and coordinating departmental feedback on Victorian and national child safeguarding initiatives and work arising from the Victorian Government's agenda to improve the safety and wellbeing of women, children, and families, including MARAM and the information sharing schemes and their associated practice supports, handbooks and guides, Ministerial Guidelines, performance measures, and reporting and governance frameworks 

  • prepare the department's contribution to the Victorian and Commonwealth Annual Reports on implementation of Royal Commission recommendations
  • prepare advice and supporting material for department Executives, Secretary and Ministers' participation in Victorian and Commonwealth governance forums.

The role involves extensive liaison with lead agencies Family Safety Victoria (FSV), and the Departments of Education and Training, and Justice and Community Safety. The role requires excellent drafting skills, and the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. The successful candidate will be able to quickly absorb, analyse, and cross-reference complex information, develop policy recommendations, and present this information in a succinct and persuasive manner.

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:

  1. Written communication: prepares complex briefs, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language; edits written communications to ensure they contain the information necessary to achieve their purpose and meet audience needs; ensures appropriate style and formats are used.
  2. Planning and organising: sets clearly defined objectives and priorities and operates accordingly, reviewing and adjusting as required; identifies processes, tasks and resources required to achieve a goal; establishes systems and procedures to guide work and track progress; recognises actual and potential barriers and finds effective ways to deal with them
  3. Self-management: invites feedback on own behaviour and impact; uses new knowledge or information about self to build a broader understanding of own behaviour and the impact it has on others; understands strong emotional reactions and seeks ways to more effectively manage them.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria and qualification requirements for the role please refer to the Position Description attached.

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination policy.


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 outlining their suitability to the position in line with the Key Selection Criteria (max 2 pages)

All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to JSE) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> portal.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

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.  c

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)

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

Manager, Child Safeguarding Policy (VPSG6)

Job type:

Full time / Until 30.Jun.2023

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Leanne McGaw | M|0436 916 550 or E| leanne.mcgaw@dffh.vic.gov.au

Manager, Child Safeguarding Policy (VPSG6)