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Lead Health Policy Specialist, Fiskville Redress Scheme

Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Full Time – Fixed Term (30 June 2022)
  • VPSG6, $125,893 - $168,473
  • Melbourne – CBD

About Us

On 23 December 2014, the Victorian Government supported the establishment of a a dedicated redress scheme in response to the 2016 Final Report of the Inquiry into CFA Training College at Fiskville. The Scheme would provide financial and non-financial redress to Fiskville affected persons for the increased health risks they may have been exposed to due to the unsafe operational practices which occurred at the Fiskville training centre from 1970 until its closure in 2015.

A small specialist team in Redress Design, Police and Community Safety, will lead the design and delivery of the new Fiskville Redress Scheme. The scheme is for Emergency Service workers and community members who are suffering ill health as a result of exposure to toxic materials in the Fiskville area.

Significant work is required to design the Scheme to enable it to open in 2022. Whilst Redress Design will lead this work, Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) will be supporting the project through stakeholder management, sector advice and in the development of a 2022-23 business case for the Estimates and Review Committee.

About the role

The position will focus on the establishment of the specialist health and support services as well as the potential restorative engagement components of the Scheme through policy, service delivery and funding model design. This will require a combination of project and policy expertise in the context of health, a strong understanding of government and decision making and effective stakeholder management.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Influencing the development of policy to support the design of the redress scheme, ensuring compliance with legislative, financial, administrative and risk management frameworks.
  • Providing authoritative expert health advice on complex policy issues to senior executives, including identification of major emerging policy issues and options to resolve them.
  • Supporting and role modelling reflective practice and a commitment to building practice capability.

About You

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

Technical Expertise:

  • Current and detailed knowledge of the operation of government, public policy, and a strong understanding of health systems.
  • Demonstrated high level analytical and policy skills, including use of data to inform policy development.
  • Recent demonstrable experience in a leadership role and the capability to think strategically, articulate and write logically.

Essential Skills and Personal Attributes:

  • Policy Design and Development: Keeps up to date with a broad range of contemporary issues; Develops complex and far reaching business case proposals. Builds trusting relationships with Senior Leaders across the VPS to engender support for proposals. Provides thought leadership to others on area of expertise.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Considers a broad range of topics (beyond immediate area of work), works across government and at senior levels to develop and deliver sustainable solutions.
  • Strategic Planning: Guides others through the strategic planning process, creating a shared vision for the future. Has a comprehensive understanding of external and internal issues that influence the strategic direction of the organisation. Ensures that overall strategic plan cascades to operational and team planning processes and performance plans; Provides subject matter expertise and building capability of others.
  • Project Delivery: Is regarded as a thought leader in project management; Considers historical, political and broader context to inform project direction and mitigate risk; Engage key stakeholders at senior levels; Balances the needs of clients, team, and the organisation.
  • Leadership: Provides thought leadership and high level advice around capability development at VPS level; Has knowledge of external factors relating to capability development such as demographic trends, skills shortages and future workforce requirements; Appropriately delegates responsibilities to further the development of others; Fosters talent and builds capability of others across the organisation.
  • Outcomes Thinking: Is up to date with needs of community and formulates strategies that are aligned to community needs; Removes barriers that prevents achievement of outcomes for the community.
  • Promote Inclusion: Creates a culture that supports and respects the individuality of others and recognises the benefits of diverse ideas and approaches; Communicates well with, relates to and sees issues from the perspective of people from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds.

For a full description of the Key Accountabilities and Key Selection Criteria please refer to the attached Position Description.

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