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Senior Policy and Legislation Officer
  • Fixed term, Full time – until July 2021
  • Melbourne OR Geelong location*
  • $132,814.00 per annum + super

About the role

The Senior Policy & Legislation Officer is responsible for undertaking policy and legislative analysis work, supporting stakeholder consultations, understanding and responding to stakeholder comments and assisting in the preparation of a consultation paper and final report. The Senior Policy & Legislation Officer may also be required to prepare legislative amendments and subordinate instruments administered by WorkSafe Victoria and provide legal advice in relation to legislative process and policy and other matters as required. The Senior Policy & Legislation Officer will work across a broad range of subject matter, including legislation related to dangerous goods, occupational health and safety and workers' compensation and may be working in a variety of settings including national, government, stakeholder and corporate.

This position has an important role to play in ensuring that the review of the Dangerous Goods Act and associated regulations will consider contemporary issues and challenges in the management of dangerous goods, including emerging risks and issues and their impact on the safety of persons and properties, as well as having regard to the broader program of work across the Victorian Government that is relevant to the management of dangerous goods.

The Dangerous Goods Secretariat Group (DGSG) is a newly formed specialist team responsible for supporting the Independent Review of the Dangerous Goods Act and associated regulations. The dangerous goods sector has experienced major changes since the introduction of legislation, with significant market changes to industrial processes, demand, use and disposal contributing to emerging issues and community concern arising relating to illegal stockpiling and environmental hazards.

The Review is being led by an independent Reviewer (appointed by the Minister for Workplace Safety) who is supported by the Secretariat Group comprising policy, legal, stakeholder engagement and technical experts from WorkSafe and external expertise as required.

*While the team is based at our Melbourne CBD office, there is flexibility to work between both the Geelong and CBD office as required.

Some key accountabilities:

  • Support the comprehensive review of the Dangerous Goods regulatory framework by providing strategic advice based on a range of research and legislative analysis techniques to enable recommendations that will lead to sustainable outcomes and to possibly include legislative and regulatory reform.
  • Proactive identification and keeping abreast of any relevant trends, issues, risks or other relevant work relating to dangerous goods including the ongoing review of related legislation, academic literature, case law, industry trends, activity in other jurisdictions and overseas.
  • Keeping abreast of government, stakeholder and community views including but not limited to matters from the State Crisis Resilience Council, the Essential Services Commission, the Legislative Council's Environmental Planning Committee, reports from the Victorian Auditor-General, the Inspector-General, Coroner reports and the Model work health and safety laws relating to dangerous goods.
  • Preparing drafting instructions, briefings, Cabinet documents, discussion/consultation papers and reports as part of legislative, parliamentary, stakeholder engagement and other policy development processes.
  • Comprehensively reviewing a range of information products and forms that implement legislation administered by WorkSafe Victoria - these include guidance materials, standard letters, forms and publicity materials.
  • Providing critical legislative and regulatory analysis and advice to the DGSG, the Legislation, Policy and Information Services (LPIS) Management Team, the Dangerous Goods Response and Reform Division, WorkSafe CE, ELT and Board, the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS)and other stakeholders including but not limited to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Emergency Management Victoria (EMV), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP), the Minister's Office, WorkSafe's Corporate Affairs and Government Relations team, the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and WorkSafe Board in relation to significant legal, policy and implementation issues.
  • Ensure policy and legislative compliance and quality of statutory and non-statutory guidance materials.
  • Represent WorkSafe at Victorian and National Dangerous Goods forums.

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role. 

About you

You are an experienced policy officer with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and manage internal and external networks and relationships, particularly with senior stakeholders. You have the proven capability to meet strict timelines/deadlines and to self-manage.  Your written communication skills are highly developed and you have the ability to explain complex or technical issues clearly and in a way that can be easily understood and accepted by a range of audiences.

More specifically you will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Dangerous Goods regulatory framework, OHS and/or compensation law or other relevant legislation and understanding of development of legislation and related Parliamentary processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing high level authoritative advice on complex legal and policy issues to senior officers, Government departments and Ministers within limited time constraints.
  • High level analytical, conceptual skills and the ability to provide creative and practical solutions to problems.
  • Proven ability to consult on complex and sensitive issues within critical timeframes.
  • A high level of knowledge and expertise in the systems and regulations governing the function, and of the industry and discipline.
  • Ability to apply your knowledge of research, analysis and project management techniques, and should undertake continuous professional development to stay up-to-date.


  • Professional qualifications in law, including admission or eligibility to gain admission to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria are highly desirable, but not essential 


Working with Us

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance. 

WorkSafe employees enjoy: Discounted Gym & Pool Memberships | WELL Rated Building | Group Training & Yoga Classes | Very active Social Club | Pool & Table Tennis | Sparkling Water | Discounted Prescription Eyewear | Career Opportunities and Working for your Community!

What's next?

Applications close 11pm Wednesday 23rd of September.  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 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 Ilona Russell at


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

WorkSafe 2030 will ensure that WorkSafe Victoria remains at the forefront of workplace health and safety, and meets the community's high expectations in relation to managing the workers' compensation scheme at a time of rapid workplace change. WorkSafe 2030's prevention-led approach will save lives and reduce injuries. It will deliver affordable premiums and lower administration costs for employers, freeing up their time and resources.


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

Job Ref: IR000081
Submitted: 09-09-2020

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