Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Programs (VPSG5)

Job posted: 17/03/2023
Applications close: 02/04/2023 (Midnight)
9 days remaining

9 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / (12 months)

Organisation: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Salary: $105,479 - $127,621

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Reference: VG/033149D

Reference: VG/033149D

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Salary Range: $105,479 - $127,621

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is firmly focused on driving a strong and resilient economy that benefits all Victorians – by creating more opportunities for people through jobs and skills; supporting businesses and industries to grow and prosper; and building vibrant communities and regions.

Established on 1 January 2023, our work spans numerous portfolios, supporting departmental ministers and operating across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.

Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Programs

  • Salary: $105,479 - $127,621 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed term role: 12 months
  • Usual hours of work: Full time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Hybrid - 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne and Working From Home


For the purpose of employment in Aboriginal Designated or Aboriginal Prioritised positions within the Victorian public sector, candidates will be asked to provide Confirmation of Aboriginality. This can be confirmed by a Confirmation of Aboriginality form signed by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation and affixed with the common seal of that organisation. Recognising that access to formal Confirmation of Aboriginality documents can occasionally be problematic, an alternative process can be discussed.

The Role

The Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Programs will provide strategic support to the Manager, Aboriginal Programs contributing to the design and delivery of key initiatives. The role will engage with both Aboriginal community, state sport and recreation organisations and work across government agencies to increase access and maximise opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to participate in sport and active recreation.

The role works collaboratively and in partnership with other sections of the department, state sporting associations, state sport and recreation bodies, and other key stakeholders. The role also has a focus on building internal capacity around Aboriginal cultural awareness.

Key accountabiltiies:

  1. Provide high quality strategy and policy development advice on Victorian sport and active recreation initiatives to increase Aboriginal participation.
  2. Provide authoritative advice to internal and external stakeholders and prepare and present detailed reports, complex ministerial briefs, ministerial correspondence and event briefs, cabinet and agency submissions on complex matters and communicate issues and recommendations to senior management and stakeholders.
  3. Project manage and participate in project teams responsible for the development, implementation and effective delivery of sport and active recreation policy initiatives and programs that increase opportunities for Aboriginal Victorians to participate in sport and active recreation.

The Team

The position of Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Programs forms a part of the Sport and Recreation Victoria  within the Sport, Tourism and Events group.

Sport, Tourism and Events (STE) is comprised of Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) and Tourism and Events (T&E). SRV aims to create greater sport and active recreation participation opportunities for all Victorians in order to maximise economic, social and health benefits and enhance Victoria's liveability.

About You

  • Knowledgeable of Victorian Aboriginal people, their culture and sensitive to their needs?
  • Able to prepare reports, briefings and accurate responses to correspondence?
  • Able to communicate in a sensitive and respectful manner with stakeholders and all levels of management? 

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Allyson Walker, Manager, Aboriginal Programs, on 0456 980 614 or allyson.walker@sport.vic.gov.au.

Applicants will be required to comply with the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Region's (department's) COVID-19 Vaccination requirements, as outlined in the department's COVID-19 Vaccination requirements policy and in line with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, directions, policies or procedures, including but not limited to any requirement to provide evidence of vaccination status.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

Please note: If you require an adjustment to participate in any stage of the recruitment process or have a particular requirement to be communicated with by either telephone or email only, please notify the DJSIR Recruitment Team at recruitment@ecodev.vic.gov.au with the position number in the subject line.

We respect and welcome people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, abilities, and cultures.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 2 April 2023.

Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Programs (VPSG5)

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Full time / (12 months)

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Allyson Walker, Manager, Aboriginal Programs | 0456 980 614 or allyson.walker@sport.vic.gov.au.

Senior Policy Officer, Aboriginal Programs (VPSG5)