Principal Adviser (VPSG6)

Job posted: 21/11/2022
Applications close: 05/12/2022 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 20 September 2025

Organisation: Victorian Health Building Authority

Salary: $127,467 - $170,579

Occupation: Projects

Reference: VG/DH/HI/1681701

Reference: VG/DH/HI/1681701

Occupation: Projects

Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579

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.


The Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) is responsible for the planning and delivery of the Victorian Government's multibillion-dollar health infrastructure program including $16.6 billion in managed assets and $8.8 billion in planning and delivery. Our work includes planning and building new hospitals and ambulance stations, aged care and mental health facilities, early parenting centres, redeveloping existing hospital facilities as well as replacing and upgrading engineering infrastructure. The Principal Adviser works with the VHBA Executive to prepare advice on financial and budget information, capital program delivery updates, asset management and maintenance, and planning activities and pipeline, to a range of clients. This advice ranges across the Health, Mental Health, Ambulance, Housing, and Ageing portfolios. In addition to providing external advice, the Principal Adviser works with the VHBA Executive on internal planning and strategy, Departmental processes, and office management.

You will be expected to provide this advice in a collegiate fashion and will provide leadership within the organisation and consistency of messaging in order to drive change and effectiveness. You will develop workforce capability specific to VHBA and deliver advice on wider Departmental and Government activities. The role requires a great deal of flexibility and an ability to meet the competing timelines of various stakeholders in an expert manner, to the satisfaction and approval of the CEO.

Are you:

  • Collaborative with highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a demonstrated ability to negotiate and influence stakeholders
  • Methodical with strong attention to detail, including an ability to anticipate, deal with, and manage changing requirements in an evolving organisationMandatory Vaccination Policy


  • Provide high quality business intelligence, authoritative advice and sound policy recommendations to senior management and government based on comprehensive research.
  • Review and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs and cabinet and agency submissions on complex issues.
  • Attend Steering Committee meetings and assist Project Directors and other members of the executive with information and activity on projects as required.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Attend meetings with the CEO where required and act on directions to ensure timelines are met and staff remain accountable. Prepare presentations, develop arguments and discussion points for the CEO in preparation of meetings where required.
  • Review written work prior to it going to the CEO and provide feedback to staff to ensure timeliness, accuracy and consistency of message.
  • Proactively resolve problems and facilitate positive outcomes by identifying issues that need to be brought to the attention of the CEO and advise VHBA staff of how to manage these and best prepare for discussions with the CEO.
  • Manage DH processes on behalf of VHBA including Parliamentary Accounts and Estimates Committee, Cabinet briefings, Parliamentary questions and questions on notice, and other ad-hoc reporting requests.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.

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. As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be up-to-date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment. This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19. Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made. If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


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

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through https://www.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-exchange rather than via external advertisement.

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 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.

Principal Adviser  (VPSG6)

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Polly Tan | Polly.Tan@health.vic.gov.au

Principal Adviser  (VPSG6)