Principal Communications Advisor (VPSG6)

Job posted: 11/06/2021
Applications close: 25/06/2021 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 31 December 2021

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $124,033 - $165,983

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1541539

Reference: VG/DH/CR/1541539

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Salary Range: $124,033 - $165,983

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: 25 June 2021

Role: Principal Communications Advisor (31 December 2021)

Number of vacancies available: 50 Lonsdale Street/Work From Home 

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

Position Summary: 

The Local Public Health Unit Branch is responsible the establishment and integration of local public health units in Victoria's public health and COVID-19 response systems. Operating as part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team, the Branch works closely with key internal and external stakeholders to deliver a distributed network of LPHUs across the state.

The Principal Communications Adviser will work across the Department to design, develop and deliver strategic communications material and advice that supports the delivery of Victoria's LPHU program.


  • Work collaboratively across the department to ensure the delivery of effective communications that are of a high written and visual standard and which comply with departmental and whole-of-Victorian Government guidelines.
  • Initiate and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders and seek opportunities to engage stakeholders in the development and application of new and/or contemporary methodologies to improve communications services.
  • Provide multi-disciplinary public relations and communications expertise and authoritative advice.
  • Identify positive story opportunities and identify risks and issues that will be contentious and provide authoritative and expert advice on how to manage them.
  • Prepare and present detailed, comprehensive reports, business cases, ministerial briefs and briefs on complex policy and operational issues as well as regular and ad hoc reports and correspondence.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.

Principal Communications Advisor (VPSG6)

Job type:

Full time / 31 December 2021

Job classification:



Carrie Barnes | Carrie.Barnes@heath

Principal Communications Advisor (VPSG6)