Senior Policy Officer, State Control Centre (VPSG5)

Job posted: 09/10/2020
Applications close: 30/10/2020 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / to 30 June 2022

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $98,396 - $119,052

Occupation: Emergency Management



Occupation: Emergency Management

Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?



Senior Policy Officer, State Control Centre

  • Help keep Victorians safe during state emergencies
  • Monitor and report trends in emergency management operations
  • Earn $98,396 - $119,052 plus superannuation

Provide strategic policy and project support to the Manager Operational Governance and Doctrine. A fixed term contract until 30 June 2022.


Victoria's State Control Centre (SCC) is the primary control centre for the management of emergencies. The SCC is the hub of a network of regional control (RCC) and incident control (ICC) centres across the state.

Having a role with SCC means you're a part of the massive task of delivering and supporting the people and services needed for a particular emergency. The critical and urgent nature of states of emergency mean that you are making an important contribution to the people of Victoria.

With more frequent, intense, and converging emergencies forecast into the future, the SCC is moving to a new model which will ensure the centre can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to manage a range of major emergencies and keep the community safe.

The key areas of responsibility for the SCC are:

  • assessing the current and expected future state of the emergency to support strategic decision-making
  • engaging with and providing information to key stakeholders and the State Emergency Management Team
  • implementing emergency control strategies and arrangements
  • producing and delivering information and community warnings
  • prioritising the allocation of state and specialist resources
  • providing support to state, regional, incident control and agency personnel.


  • Provide responsive and high-quality advice to government, senior executive and committees on complex policy issues relating to emergency management and related portfolios.
  • Prepare submissions and briefs to ministers, members of parliament and senior departmental officials on issues led by the team, including on significant policy and strategy proposals.
  • Undertake environmental scanning, research and analysis; and work collaboratively across EMV and government to identify strategic themes, trends and issues in operational emergency management, and use these to inform policy development and advice.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to support a collaborative approach to policy development and implementation, and to promote integration of outcomes and priorities across diverse policy areas. 
  • Identify opportunities to use governance and stakeholder forums to shape and advance outcomes and priorities for operational emergency management in line with government and EMV's strategic direction.


We are looking for people with:

  • Experience in monitoring performance of service systems and developing performance measures and use of performance data
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Victoria's emergency management arrangements is desirable
  • An understanding of the structure and responsibilities of the Department of Justice and Community Safety and, more broadly, the Victorian Government is desirable.

Before you apply, ensure you review the position description attached.


As part of the State Control Centre, you will be doing vital work to keep Victorians safe during state emergencies. You can expect to be treated with respect and appreciated for your talent and efforts. You will also enjoy the following benefits:

Regular feedback and career planning– approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to a professional development plan agreed on by you and your manager.

Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.

Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues.

Financial and retirement planning – chance to sit down with a counsellor, as well as attend superannuation consultations, to develop strategies to meet your financial goals for the future.

We welcome candidates of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au.

Applications close at midnight Friday 30 October 2020.

To apply for this position, provide a cover letter of no more than two pages that demonstrates how your experience and skills address the key selection criteria contained in the position description found in the top right hand corner of this page.

Candidates will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.

Senior Policy Officer, State Control Centre (VPSG5)

Job type:

Full time / to 30 June 2022

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Susan Fayers | susan.fayers@emv.vic.gov.au

Senior Policy Officer, State Control Centre (VPSG5)