Policy Officer (VPSG4)

Job posted: 04/08/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Until 30/6/2023

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $90,067 - $102,192

Occupation: Policy

Reference: VG/DFFH/VDWC/681533

Reference: VG/DFFH/VDWC/681533

Occupation: Policy

Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192

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)


Are you:

  • Knowledgeable in regulatory principles, comfortable working with legislation and regulations and have a sound experience in writing operational policy and procedures?
  • Able to provide strategic and solution-oriented policy advice?
  • Able to handle competing priorities and produce high quality work within tight inflexible timeframes?

An exciting opportunity exists for a Policy Officer on a Fixed Term basis in the Victorian Disability Worker Commission.

The Victorian Disability Worker Commission (Commission) is an independent, statutory body responsible for the administration of the Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018, which involves the regulation of all disability workers in Victoria. The Disability Worker Regulation Scheme (the Scheme) applies to disability workers in Victoria, providing a complaints mechanism and a voluntary registration scheme.

The Commission receives, assesses and deals with complaints about disability workers and supports the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria and the Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner.

The Victorian Disability Worker Commissioner regulates the conduct of unregistered disability. The Commissioner is also the head of the Commission. The Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria registers disability workers who meet certain standards and can take action regarding the conduct of registered disability workers. It also accredits training programs for disability workers.

The Commission is seeking to attract people who will build an organisational culture that values people with disability and champions their rights to safe high-quality services, community participation and inclusion.

Reporting to the Principal Strategic Advisor, the Policy Officer role will develop high quality operational policy solutions, and documentation which are consistent with the Disability Services Safeguards Act 2018 and support the development and implementation of systems for the Disability Worker Regulation Scheme (the Scheme).

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

  1. Policy skills
  2. Problem solving 
  3. Systems thinking 
  4. Conceptual and analytical ability 
  5. Teamwork


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment that 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).  The department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy (Word) outlines the requirements for existing employees, other workplace participants and prospective employees.  Subject to exceptions, only employees or other workplace participants with up-to-date vaccination status (see definitions section of the policy) against COVID-19 and who provide evidence of their Vaccination Status are permitted to work for the department outside their ordinary place of residence.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement.  Please refer to the above link for more information. 

Other mandatory qualifications or requirements for this opportunity include:

  1. Demonstrated understanding of the issues faced by people with disability and the disability workforce. 
  2. Experience in the practical implementation of legislative reform programs, writing complex briefs informed by legislation and expert knowledge in regulatory frameworks would be expected.

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



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. 

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 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.


Policy Officer (VPSG4)

Job type:

Full time / Until 30/6/2023

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Marie Dalins | 03 9821 6067

Policy Officer (VPSG4)