Senior Policy Officer

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  • Melbourne
  • Community Services and Engagement
  • This job will close on 30 May 2024
  • $106,534 - $128,897

About the role

As the Senior Policy Officer, you will have primary responsibility for the development and coordination of Aboriginal Justice policy advice to support the implementation of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement, and work closely with other business units within the Aboriginal Justice group and broader department to support contribution to whole of government policy frameworks in Aboriginal Affairs. You will have responsibility for providing strategic advice on monitoring and implementation of the AJA and other Victorian and Commonwealth Government Aboriginal Affairs Frameworks.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Utilising high level experience, and in partnership with Aboriginal Communities, provide strategic and operational policy advice in relation to strategic Aboriginal justice policy matters, with minimal supervision.
  • Develop high level reports on complex issues including Ministerial briefs, discussion papers, and submissions, and provide analysis and strategic advice on key emerging issues for Aboriginal people in the Victorian justice system, with minimal supervision.
  • Lead and coordinate Aboriginal justice policy advice to support the AJF, Aboriginal Justice Caucus and network of RAJACs, and assist strategic direction and decision making to drive the AJA and enable self-determined solutions.

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

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.

Ideal Candidate

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 knowledge of policy development and implementation. - Demonstrated experience in advocacy and delivering policy and legislative reform through community consultation and targeted engagement.

What's on offer?

Ongoing, Full-Time/Part-Time Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service

Attractive Salary - VPS Grade 5: $106,534 - $128,897 plus superannuation.

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we provide every person with the means to achieve their potential through ongoing learning and development opportunities in a diverse, equitable and supportive environment.

We look for people who are prepared to do their very best in line with our values and behaviours. Our values shape and influence how we recruit, train and develop our staff and build relationships with stakeholders.

We will also provide you with professional development opportunities, an employee assistance program, access to job opportunities across the Victorian Government, salary packaging and much more.

Where will the candidate be working?

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 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 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.

Application Requirements

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in law, public policy, Aboriginal affairs or similar is desired.

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For further information:

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Belinda Kristensen

Department of Justice and Community Safety
[email protected]