Senior Communications Advisor (VPSG5)

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 26/05/2022 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 12 Months

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $102,637 - $124,183

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Reference: VG/DH/CE/1629846

Reference: VG/DH/CE/1629846

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183

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: 26 May 2022

Role: Senior Communications Advisor (12 Months)

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Position Summary: 

The Senior Communications Adviser will be responsible for delivering high-level communications advice to key stakeholders across the department. The incumbent will develop communications strategies for major projects and initiatives and contribute to the implementation and evaluation of these strategies.

As appropriate, they may also be required to provide support to other teams across the Communications and Engagement branch as and when required, including participating in out of hours media and emergency rosters, providing support for public emergencies, large-scale communications campaigns, and other high priority projects, to contribute the effective management of work across the branch and department.


  • Develop and implement contemporary and integrated communications strategies that are audience and insight led. These strategies need to ladder up to the Department's strategy; meet ministerial requirements and key government priorities.
  • Provide an account management approach to core service delivery ensuring expediency and accuracy in information provided to the community, and alignment to departmental and government strategic objectives.
  • Develop, deliver, or oversee the production of communications including print, online and multimedia materials and departmental events.
  • 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.
  • Provide multi-disciplinary public relations and communications expertise and authoritative advice.
  • Apply best practice in the development of communications strategy, standards, tactics, channels and the application of style guides and guidelines.
  • Maintain up to date expert knowledge of emerging trends in strategic communications
  • 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.
  • Provide support to other teams across the Branch as and when required, including support for public emergencies, large-scale communications campaigns, and other high priority projects, to contribute the effective management of work across the Communications and Media Branch and department.
  • 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.


Mandatory Vaccination Policy

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 fully vaccinated 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>

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Senior Communications Advisor (VPSG5)

Job type:

Full time / 12 Months

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Senior Communications Advisor (VPSG5)