Senior Policy Officer, Public Health (VPSG5)

Job posted: 15/11/2022
Applications close: 29/11/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 30 June 2023

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $103,920 - $125,735

Occupation: Policy

Reference: VG/DH/PH/1680016

Reference: VG/DH/PH/1680016

Occupation: Policy

Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735

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.


The Department of Health (the Department) aspires for all Victorians to be safe, healthy, and able to lead a life they value by driving reform and providing regulatory oversight. Working within the Public Health Division, the Senior Policy Officer, will be part of a team responsible to design, develop and oversee vaccination and testing policy, strategy and activate delivery. The role will work with key stakeholders to support the effective design, implementation, and governance across the system.

Are You

  • Passionate about public health and supporting the Victorian response to COVID-19?
  • Able to provide strong strategic and operational leadership and build relationships with people and key stakeholders?
  • Able to work in complex contexts to identify risks, gaps, and solutions in a time pressure environment?

The Senior Policy Officer role will be part of a team responsible for designing, developing, and overseeing Rapid Antigen (WoVG) strategy and policy within the Public Health Division. The objective of this role is to support the delivery of a flexible and sustainable WoVG Rapid Antigen Test distribution program, through policy and reporting activities.


  • Support the Manager of Policy and Coordination with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, guidelines, processes for the appropriate use and distribution of rapid antigen tests. 
  • Support the coordination of Rapid Antigen Test distribution including to priority and at-risk communities.
  • Contribute to effective management of the end-to-end Rapid Antigen Test ordering process for WoVG. This includes monitoring and responding to incoming queries, including complex issues, complaints and general enquiries.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate a partnership approach.
  • Where applicable, oversee, monitor and deliver projects.
  • Conduct training sessions for team, department and external stakeholders where required.
  • Monitor and report on high priority issues, risks and trends and prepare and present reports, ministerial briefs, Cabinet and agency submissions.
  • Ability to work in high-pressured agile environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • 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 utmost 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.

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 up-to-date with their vaccinations 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 Policy Officer, Public Health  (VPSG5)

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Full time / 30 June 2023

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Sally Symes | sally.symes@health.vic.gov.au

Senior Policy Officer, Public Health  (VPSG5)