Senior Programs Officer (VPSG5)

Job posted: 16/05/2024
Applications close: 30/05/2024 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $106,534 - $128,897

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

Reference: VG/1794675MAY2024

Reference: VG/1794675MAY2024

Occupation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

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

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?

  • Utilise your expertise to provide support and advice to key stakeholders.
  • Ongoing, Full-Time Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5: $106,534 - $128,897plus superannuation


This is an Aboriginal Prioritised position, a role for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, who will be given priority consideration as per the special measures provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

About the Business Unit

The Koori Justice Unit (KJU) is a unit within the Aboriginal Justice Group of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS), which has been established to help realise a clear vision of a fair and accessible justice system for Aboriginal people.

The KJU is responsible for development and coordinating the implementation of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement - Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja - currently in its fourth phase (AJA4), in partnership with the Aboriginal community and Victorian government, in line with realising Aboriginal self-determination. The AJA drives structural and systemic transformation across the department and the VPS to improve justice outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians. The AJA has established extensive Government and Community networks through the Aboriginal Justice Forum (AJF), Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee Network (RAJAC) and the Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committees (LAJAC) and uses them to effectively deliver initiatives including early intervention and prevention programs, diversion initiatives, and rehabilitation and reintegration support.

The Programs team operates within a complex and dynamic environment that requires capacity to exercise sound judgement, work collaboratively with stakeholders and deliver effective and timely actions. A key requirement of the role is demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with ACCOs, their representatives, and the broader network of community and government stakeholders.

About the Role

As Senior Program Officer you will report to the Manager, Programs and autonomously work alongside Aboriginal organisations to lead on the design, development, and implementation of allocated programs, and the, evaluation and redesign of established programs. 

Regional travel will be required for this role.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Utilising high level expertise, and working alongside Aboriginal communities and organisations, autonomously lead the design, development, implementation, evaluation and redesign of allocated Aboriginal-led programs and pilots.
  • Proactively scope and manage the end-to-end delivery of projects, ensuring risks are mitigated, projects are delivered on time and to budget, and monitoring and reporting on progress meets required objectives.
  • Maintain awareness of emerging thinking, research and initiatives relevant to Aboriginal Justice and programs design and delivery.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

-          Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it.

-          Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and work effectively with the Victorian Aboriginal community.

-          Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to identify, develop and implement new policies, programs and initiatives.


-          A qualification in project management, public administration or a related discipline is desirable.

-          A current Victorian Driver's Licence.


Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Aboriginal candidates are encouraged to contact Aboriginalworkforce@justice.vic.gov.au if they would like cultural support and guidance through the application process.'

Please visit https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/careers/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-island-employment  for further information.


How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

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 this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.



The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.

Senior Programs Officer (VPSG5)

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Adam Harding on 0476 545 316 | adam.harding@justice.vic.gov.au

Senior Programs Officer (VPSG5)