Policy Officer

Job posted: 08/07/2024
Applications close: 22/07/2024 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Fixed Term until 19/07/2025

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $92,332 - $104,762

Occupation: Policy

Reference: VG/DH/MHW/1806186

Reference: VG/DH/MHW/1806186

Occupation: Policy

Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762

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 all Victorians. We’re focused on supporting Victorians to be as healthy as they can; whether through alerting them to seasonal risks like thunderstorm asthma, notifying them of contact with communicable diseases, safeguarding their drinking water, developing the best health, wellbeing and care facilities in the world, being at the forefront of mental health and wellbeing treatment or accelerating medical research. It’s all part of the way we partner with the community to help every individual lead a healthy life.


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  • CBD-based/Hybrid + EAP + L&D Opportunities + meaningful work + more VPS benefits!

About the role: 

The Policy Officer role will support the design and implementation of a new vision for the Victorian alcohol and other drug (AOD) system where Victorians are supported to make decisions in relation to AOD use that help lead a life they value.  

The role is in the newly established AOD System Planning team, which delivers on projects that will develop and improve the AOD treatment system. The VPS4 role will support senior staff in project work, including government writing, stakeholder engagement, reviewing and summarising material, and contributing to the overall program of work of the team and wider unit.  

The successful candidate will have contextual experience in the AOD sector or AOD programs in the department, relevant tertiary qualifications, and experience in managing projects.

This 12-month parental leave cover could be suitable for a current AOD sector worker to gain government experience through a secondment.

About us: 

At the Victorian Department of Health we want a future where Victorians are the healthiest people in the world. A Victoria where our children and people thrive, our workplaces are productive and safe, and our communities are more connected.  

We see it as our job to support Victorians to stay healthy and safe. And to deliver a world-class healthcare system that ensures every single Victorian can access safe, quality care that leads to better health outcomes for all. 

How you'll make a difference:

  • Contributes to strategic policy development within the alcohol and other drugs system, including undertaking research and developing recommendations. 
  • Maintain positive relationships with stakeholders to facilitate a partnership approach and support the effective implementation of reforms.
  • Adhere to quality control mechanisms to ensure completeness and accuracy of presentation and delivery of information and events.
  • Undertake and contribute to complex projects and contribute to the preparation of briefs, submissions, correspondence and reports on issues related to the alcohol and other drugs system.

Suitable applicants will be able to posseess/demonstrate:

  • Tertiary Qualification in fields related to public policy, health or welfare
  • Strong understanding of Victorian AOD System
  • Well-developed time management skills
  • Exceptional communication skills - written and verbal
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills
  • Proven policy advisory skills

To learn more, please refer to the attached Position Description. 

What we offer: 

  • The opportunity to perform meaningful work, making direct contributions toward enabling Victorians to be the healthiest people in the world.
  • A wide range of growth and development opportunities within the department and wider Victorian Public Service & Sector.
  • A strong commitment to work-life balance, including a diverse array of flexible working arrangements.

How to apply: 

Applications should include a resume and a cover letter. Click the ‘Apply' button to view further information about the role including key contact details and the advertisement closing date. 

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. We continue to build an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity of backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services aimed at enhancing the lives of all Victorians. 

All roles can be worked flexibly and we encourage applications from Aboriginal people, people with disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Please contact us if you require any adjustments to participate in the recruitment process at inclusion@health.vic.gov.au. For more information on our commitment to inclusion and diversity see inclusion and diversity at the Department of Health.

Preferred applicants may be required to complete a police check and other pre-employment checks including proof of 3 vaccinations (including booster) against COVID-19. Information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence, in line with our Privacy Policy

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for employees who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform. As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through the JSE. 

Policy Officer

Job type:

Full time / Fixed Term until 19/07/2025

Job classification:



Jo Driscoll | jo.driscoll@health.vic.gov.au

Policy Officer