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Job Title : Senior Policy Officer


Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

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VCID No. 672416

We currently have 2 Fixed Term, Full Time appointments for 12 months with the possibility of extension(s) and/or permanency.

1 position exists in the Strategic Policy directorate and the other exists in the System Engagement directorate. Both positions form part of the System Development division.

While this selection process will initially be used to fill the above two vacancies, it may also be used to fill other “similar” vacancies throughout the Mental Health Commission. In addition to this, should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised vacancy, then the next most suitable applicant may also be selected from this process. Both of these options remain valid for a period of twelve (12) months from when the authorised delegate endorses the recruitment process.

About us

The Mental Health Commission’s (MHC) vision is for a Western Australian community that experiences optimal mental health and minimal alcohol and other drug-related harms. The MHC is working towards a modern effective mental health system that places the individual and their recovery at the centre of its focus.

The MHC commissions, provides and partners in the delivery of:

  • person-centred and evidence-based prevention, promotion and early intervention programs;
  • treatment, services and supports; and
  • research, policy and system improvements

If you would like to work for an organisation that offers great working conditions and is making a difference in the community, then consider a career with the MHC. 

We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic individuals who have demonstrated capability in strategic planning, policy formulation, service development and report writing. With well -developed project management and interpersonal skills, you will be able to effectively manage priorities and meet competing deadlines. You will be able to work collaboratively within a team environment, contributing to team goals while still working efficiently on your own. 

About the roles

The Senior Policy Officer roles are responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of strategic mental health and alcohol and other drug policies and programs.

PN00008839 - Senior Policy Officer - Strategic Policy

In the Strategic Policy directorate this role will initially be involved in work associated with the Mental Health Act 2014 (the Act) and ongoing administration of the Act. This will largely include working on the statutory review of the Act due to commence shortly. Individuals with knowledge of the Act and/or Government legislative processes are encouraged to apply.

PN00016135 - Senior Policy Officer - System Engagement

In the System Engagement directorate this role will join the secretariat team that is providing the secretariat support to the new mental health and alcohol and other drug governance arrangements. This role will also head and manage priority projects arising from the governance committees and associated governance arrangements.

Subject to your position, work area and Industrial Award/Agreement, MHC employees may access a range of benefits including:

  • Study leave/assistance
  • Option to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive employee wellness program
  • Flexible working hours including flexible start/finish times.
  • Leadership and professional development programs
  • A competitive, award-based salary

Further information about the position can be found in the attached job description form (JDF). 

About your application

Please specify which position you are applying for, or if you are applying for both. You will be assessed against the selection criteria of the position, as outlined in the relevant JDF. 

You will also need to show us how your skills and experience match your ability to work in a way that reflects our values - Honesty, Engagement, Accountability, Respect and Togetherness.

A current (within 12 months) National Criminal History Check will be required prior to commencement of employment. 

For further information about the Strategic Policy directorate position contact Lisa Chighine on 08 6553 0659 and for information about the System Engagement directorate position contact Kate O’Halloran on 08 6553 0393.

Submitting Your Application

Your application should include:

  1. a maximum 4 page CV outlining your employment history and achievements relevant to this position.
  2. a maximum 4 page statement (including cover letter) addressing the work related requirements of this role.

Late applications will not be accepted. If you experience difficulties while applying online, please contact Employee Services on 13 44 77 for immediate assistance during business hours.

The MHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply. MHC values the uniqueness of individuals who may vary in many different ways, including ethnicity, culture, national origin, social class, gender, age, religious belief, sexual identity, intersex status and mental and/or physical ability, and people from these diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

If you experience any issues with the application process, please contact HSS to discuss how we can accommodate your requirements.

To find out more about the MHC and what we have to offer, click here.