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Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Private Company - Geelong, VIC

Any Industry
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


About the role

The purpose of this role is review, analyse, advise on and develop policy and strategy in a range of contexts including strategic, economic, legislative, regulatory and operational. The Senior Strategic Policy Advisor formulates effective legislative, statutory and strategy solutions, provides authoritative strategic policy advice to WorkSafe, and assesses and responds to emerging trends and challenges in occupational health and safety and workers compensation.

The Senior Strategic Policy Advisor will work across a broad range of subject matter, including occupational health and safety, dangerous goods and workers compensation. You may be working in a variety of settings including national, government, stakeholder and corporate.

Key accountabilities

  • Lead the development of critical occupational health and safety and workers compensation legislative and regulatory policy through using a range of research and analysis techniques to develop policy options and recommendations.
  • Provide expert strategic advice to enable and support the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory reforms, statutory guidance, and non-regulatory policy options
  • Proactive identification and escalation of emerging trends, issues and risks in occupational health and safety and workers compensation legislation and policy, including reviewing academic literature, case law, industry trends, research and activity in other jurisdictions and overseas, and keeping abreast of government, stakeholder and community views.
  • Lead the development of WorkSafe Victoria’s responses to policy priorities and critical issues, such as emerging policy issues, government inquiries, interpretation and review of legislation, as well as national developments.
  • Lead the preparation and review of complex and time-critical documents including discussion papers, policy positions, Regulatory Impact Statements, drafting instructions to define legislation and regulations, and submissions to government and parliament.

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/careers

About you

You are an experienced policy professional who has extensive experience in developing government and strategic policy. Your experience has provided you with a strong understanding of government process and your communication and organisational skills are highly developed. Your stakeholder management skills allow you to negotiate, influence and problem solve with a range of stakeholders both internal and external to the organisation.
Additionally, you possess the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent analytical, conceptual and problem solving skills with demonstrated ability to identify emerging trends and systemic issues, develop effective responses and position an organisation to take a proactive approach to addressing issues and opportunities.
  • Experience in leading the development of strategic policy and strategy, gained in or through exposure to a government environment.
  • Experience in providing high quality and rigorous advice on a range of complex policy and strategy issues within limited time constraints, including authoritative advice to senior officers, government departments and ministers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of OHS and/or compensation law (or the capacity to rapidly gain this knowledge) and understanding of development of legislation and related parliamentary processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects through to fruition, including working collaboratively with relevant stakeholders and anticipating and managing risks.


  • Understanding of the regulatory cycle and practical application of a range of statutory tools to facilitate effective regulatory design and practice.
  • Understanding of strategy development
  • Understanding of the regulations writing process and drafting instructions for development of legislation.
  • Understanding of Commonwealth-State relations.
  • Qualifications in law, public policy, social sciences or economics

Working with Us

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance. People who are seeking part-time or job share arrangements are encouraged to apply.

What’s next?

Applications close 11:00pm Wednesday the 23rd of June, 2021. Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check (and/or Medical Assessment) as part of the recruitment process.

Candidate screening may take place prior to the advertisement closing, so get your application in.

For further enquiries please contact Bianca Stojanovski via email bianca_stojanovski@worksafe.vic.gov.au.

About Us

At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we’re committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community.

Our future

Our goals are to embed in every workplace a proactive, prevention-led approach to health and safety across the state, and to provide a personalised, tailored service for every Victorian who comes into contact with WorkSafe.

Like wearing a seatbelt or putting on sunscreen, “prevention-led” thinking will become automatic every time Victorians step into the workplace.

WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve.