Principal Land & Property Adviser, Portfolio Development, Future Projects & Planning (VPSG6)

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 29/05/2022 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 30/04/2025

Organisation: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Salary: $125,893 - $168,473

Occupation: Planning

Reference: VG/DFFH/HV/387582

Reference: VG/DFFH/HV/387582

Occupation: Planning

Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473

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)



  • Passionate about contributing to nation's largest-ever investment in social and affordable housing?
  • An experienced people leader who can build a collaborative and performance-oriented culture?
  • An expert in land assembly and property development?

An exciting opportunity exists for a  Prinicpal Land & Property Adviser on a Fixed term basis in Portfolio Development, Future Projects & Planning sub-unit

The unit undertakes forward planning for social and affordable housing growth to create a well-planned and targeted growth pipeline which best leverages State and other investment. The wider unit is also responsible for defining the scope, preliminary form and initial costs of social housing projects, for precinct and estate master planning and for coordinating and overseeing statutory planning for social housing growth.

The Projects, Precincts and Land Use sub-unit/ team has focus on identifying a forward pipeline of social and affordable housing projects on government land, assessing development feasibility and facilitating land assembly for acquisition of surplus government land. The sub-unit has a high level of engagement with internal and external stakeholders.

The Principal Land and Property Adviser presents a rewarding opportunity to help deliver the Victorian Government's social and affordable housing agenda, principally the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, Australia's largest-ever investment in social and affordable housing. The role will lead a team responsible for the advancement of social and affordable housing projects, on surplus or underutilised government land.

As an experienced people leader and property professional, you will lead and develop a small team of property advisers and project managers in the identification and assessment of potential development sites, particularly identifying land assembly requirements, assessing commercial feasibility, defining the scope of development housing opportunity, managing risks and applying the requirements of the Victorian Government Land Transaction Policy to support land purchase decisions. You will also lead strategic and operational stakeholder engagement with landholding agencies.

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

  1. People management: aligns team with the organisational values and goals through effective people management and modelling, maximises effectiveness by selecting, developing, managing and motivating a high performing team, clearly defines role expectations, monitors performance, provides timely and constructive feedback and facilitates employee development, ensures staff are effectively deployed through effective workforce planning practices.
  2. Written communication: prepares complex assessments and studies, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language; edits written communications to ensure they contain the information necessary to achieve their purpose and meet audience needs; ensures appropriate style and formats are used

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

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. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19) based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.  For this role, you are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to commencement. Please refer to the attached policy for more information - DFFH COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination policy.


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 outlining their suitability to the position in line with the Key Selection Criteria (max 2 pages)

All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to JSE) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> portal.

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.  c

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)

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