Principal Policy Adviser (VPSG6)

Job posted: 09/05/2024
Applications close: 26/05/2024 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $130,673 - $174,869

Occupation: Policy

Reference: VG/1793431

Reference: VG/1793431

Occupation: Policy

Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869

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.

  • Senior Policy role in supporting future health within Ambulance, Emergency care and Access
  • VPS 6 role $130,673- $174,869
  • Hybrid WFH/Melbourne CBD

About the role: 

The Principal Policy Adviser works within a team, reporting to the Manager, Performance Improvement to monitor ambulance and emergency department performance among public health services and hospitals, providing tailored support and improvement strategies to improve access to timely emergency care. 

As a new function within the branch, the role will contribute to work that establishes and implements the branch's approach to support public health services and hospital improve ambulance and emergency department performance, taking into account whole of system patient flow enablers. 

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:

The role also leads responses to new and emerging issues and risks relating to ambulance and emergency department performance among metropolitan and regional health services. Demonstrated competency in monitoring and understanding ambulance and emergency department performance as well as the associated drivers, well developed analytical and conceptual skills, relationship management and the ability to influence and work with stakeholders to deliver service and system wide improvements are expected.

This role would suit a candidate with a passion for system change and improvement, a sense of curiosity and a delivery-focused mindset. It requires systems thinking, excellent communication skills and a drive to improve experiences from patients and healthcare staff. Prior senior experience in either improvement, data analysis, policy or project type roles would be welcomed.

Suitable applicants will be able to demonstrate:

  • Provide high quality business intelligence, authoritative advice and sound policy recommendations to senior management and government based on comprehensive research.
  • Oversee the development of policy and initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Review and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs and agency submissions on complex issues.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders
  • Provide timely expert advice and develop open and effective communication strategies including collection of highly complex, contentious or sensitive information on matters of staff or business
  • Represent the department on key government and non-government committees and bodies concerned with achieving relevant government and departmental objectives.
  • 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

To learn more please view the Position Description attached

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 disabilities, 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. Please view our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion here.

Preferred applicants may be required to complete a police check and other pre-employment checks including proof of  minimum 3 vaccinations 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 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 JSE rather than via external advertisement. 

Principal Policy Adviser (VPSG6)

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Catherine Stocks | (03) 9456 3648

Principal Policy Adviser (VPSG6)