Senior Policy Adviser - Aboriginal Policy and Strategy

Job posted: 07/06/2024
Applications close: 23/06/2024 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / April 2025

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $106,534 - $128,897

Occupation: Policy

Reference: VG/1799525

Reference: VG/1799525

Occupation: Policy

Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897

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.

About the role: 

Fixed term until April 2025.

The Senior Policy Adviser has responsibility for actively contributing to policy development to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people and their families living in Victoria. 

The Senior Policy Adviser will work collaboratively with key Aboriginal health organisations, department divisions and health services to ensure that health care delivery is culturally safe and accessible for Aboriginal people, and that service design and development is driven by Aboriginal led-decision making and in line with commitment to self-determination and Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing. This includes contributing to the identification of improvement priorities and opportunities, driving the implementation of key initiatives and providing expert advice.

The role requires strong collaboration skills and an ability to work flexibly and creatively to respond to emerging issues, system barriers and reform agendas.

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:

  • Provide authoritative advice, reasoned recommendations and innovativesolutions to complex and sensitive issues based on comprehensive research.
  • Monitor and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and agency submissions.
  • Develop policy initiatives that meet government and departmental objectives within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.
  • Maintain an understanding of Commonwealth and State legislative and policy reform directions to influence policy development.
  • Manage cross-functional delivery of departmental policies and services impacted by sensitive and complex issues.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Enable and support self-determination of Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal health organisations in relation to the design, implementation and review of health services, programs and policies.
  • Represent the department on key stakeholder committees and groups concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives and contribute to relevant committee and governance processes.
  • 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.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification in a health discipline or relevant public policy area and / or a relevant post-graduate qualification in a relevant health or public policy area is desirable.
  • Cultural Knowledge and expertise including the ability to identify emerging issues, trends and potential risks that impact upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of working with Aboriginal organisations and Aboriginal community.

 To learn more please click ‘Apply' to view the Position Description on the Careers.vic website. 

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 disability, 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 3 vaccinations (including booster) 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. 


Senior Policy Adviser - Aboriginal Policy and Strategy

Job type:

Full time / April 2025

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Helen Smith | helen.smith@health.vic.gov.au

Senior Policy Adviser - Aboriginal Policy and Strategy