Urban Water Strategies and Circular Economy Lead – DELWP

Ever wanted to come and see how the policy is made on the other side?

We have an exciting opportunity to be one of the first to take part in a new water sector exchange program with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

This VPS5 ($101,120 - $122,348) fixed term, 12 month exchange to 30 June 2022 would see you sitting in the Strategic Projects team within the Water and Catchments Group, leading the Urban Water Strategies and our Circular Economy initiative.

About you:

  • You’re the kind of person who has lots of ideas for how to improve the way things are done and finds a path to make things happen
  • You always have your ear to the ground, connecting how your work interacts with what’s going on in the media, across the Department and through the wider water sector
  • You want a chance to work on something really big – not just write a report, but actually change how things are done
  • You are absolutely committed to service excellence, always looking for an better way, avoiding replication of work and reducing the burden on our sector partner

About us:

The Strategic Projects Team in Policy Partnerships Branch, Partnerships and Sector Performance Division is a small team producing BIG results. We have responsibilities for international engagement, the desal order process, circular economy initiatives, coordinating urban water strategies… And more.

This role is responsible for coordinating strategic projects and partnerships across the water sector. The role contributes to a small team with a current focus on improving long-term water security across Victoria via the development of Urban Water Strategies and identifying improvements to Victoria's water security planning framework. This position also has responsibility for developing and maintaining water sector partnerships and delivering projects related to the water sector’s transition to a circular economy under related strategies such as Recycling Victoria: a new economy.

The successful candidate will be a motivated and collaborative individual with demonstrated experience in delivering outcomes in a dynamic environment. You will be comfortable adapting to changing priorities as new strategic issues arise. Drawing on your strong experience working with external stakeholders and agencies, you will have the ability to transform big picture ideas into tangible strategies that benefit the water sector and the communities we serve while delivering on DELWP’s commitment to Service Excellence.


  • Lead DELWP’s support for, and ensure successful delivery of, Urban Water Strategies by the state’s urban water corporations.
  • Lead collaboration and strategy development across the water sector and key stakeholders to deliver circular economy initiatives linked to Recycling Victoria: a new economy.
  • Coordinate the annual desalinated water order process.
  • Identify opportunities to enable the community to play their part in maintaining and improving Victoria’s water security for the long-term.
  • Work across WCG to ensure coordination of activities related to water security to deliver the best outcomes for the government and community.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to take on additional projects or changing priorities to address strategic issues facing the water sector as determined by the water and catchments group executive.
  • To practice cultural safety by creating environments, relationships and systems free from racism and discrimination so that people can feel safe, valued and able to participate.

Applications close midnight Monday 5 July 2021:
- contact Sarah Jenkins [email protected] for a copy of the Position Description and information on how to apply.

*Please note – there are comprehensive requirements for applying for roles within DELWP, please be sure to contact Sarah for more information before submitting an application.

- contact Michael O'Neill [email protected] with any questions about the role




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