Policy Officer (VPSG4)

Job posted: 15/09/2021
Applications close: 24/09/2021 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 31 December 2021

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $88,955 - $100,930

Occupation: Policy

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1566874

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1566874

Occupation: Policy

Salary Range: $88,955 - $100,930

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

Application Closes: 24 September 2021

Role: Policy Officer  (fixed term until 31 Decemeber 2021)


Operates under a roster

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street/Work from home

Position Summary: 

The purpose of the role is to support the issuing and interpretation of the Chief Health Officer's Directions under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

This role will support the ongoing management of the Victorian Government response to COVID-19, as the State moves out of the critical response period for this pandemic. You will work very closely with key parts of the Department of Health, public health and legal experts and other government departments.

The Policy Officer is responsible for providing advice to Victorian Government agencies on the application of the Directions, preparing talking points used by the COVID Safe Information Line, and overseeing reports to Parliament on the use of emergency powers and extension of the state of emergency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Work collaboratively in a team to develop and provide advice and sound policy recommendations to senior management and government.
  • Draft written responses to Ministerial, internal DH and inter-governmental queries regarding interpretation and application of the Directions. Liaise with Public Health, Legal Services and, Communications and Media to ensure consistent and accurate advice.
  • Prepare and contribute to the preparation of timely and well researched reports, submissions, briefs, Possible Parliamentary Questions and Questions on Notice on complex policy issues, for Parliament and Cabinet Committees.
  • Develop COVID Safe Information Line talking points.
  • Draft and collate epidemiological data, and public health policy materials to prepare the Chief Health Officer advice and report to Parliament for the extension of the state of emergency declaration.
  • Communicate directly with stakeholders to develop and advise on the interpretation and application of the COVID Directions.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

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.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health>

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

Policy Officer   (VPSG4)

Job type:

Full time / 31 December 2021

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Aisling Taylor | aisling.taylor@health.vic.gov.au

Policy Officer   (VPSG4)