The Victorian water industry secondment program builds organisational capability by connecting staff with work opportunities in other organisations exposing them to new ideas and knowledge, alternative leadership styles and diverse approaches to challenges and implementations.


Job Overview

Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Fixed term – flexible
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Negotiable
Reference: VG/50927626MAR
Closing Date: 17-Mar-2024
Salary Range: $92,332 – $104,762
Job Duration: Period of 12 months
Attachments: PD – 50927626 VPSG4 Policy Analyst.docx (Word, 404KB) Job Specification
Contact: Nick Madden 04363 752 78 /

Position Details

An opportunity exists within the Sector Resilience and Emergency Branch within DEECA’s Water and Catchments Group for a Policy Analyst looking to apply their knowledge and experience of critical infrastructure risk, assurance and legislative requirements, in a government setting. This twelve-month secondment provides an opportunity to apply your sector knowledge to inform outcomes for the water sector, DEECA and the Victorian communities.

The Policy Analyst will work in the Risk and Critical Infrastructure team to deliver legislative and regulatory programs, and a range of projects, relating to the assurance and resilience of critical infrastructure and risk management in the water sector. The Policy Analyst will also undertake analysis, evaluation and reporting of relevant data, and preparation of briefings as required. The Policy Analyst will engage with a wide range of government and water sector stakeholders to progress initiatives, convey findings, facilitate networks, and support awareness and capability building.

The role also includes broader involvement in water sector emergency management events and exercises.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Lead tasks and projects associated with the regulation, development, implementation, and continuous improvement of arrangements related to critical infrastructure, risk, and resilience in the water sector.
  • Develop and prepare research and position papers, briefing notes, updates, presentations, and correspondence for a range of internal and external audiences as required.
  • Consult with stakeholders, develop, and maintain effective networks within the department and external bodies and agencies such as water corporations, catchment management authorities, state and commonwealth regulators, security, and emergency response agencies.
  • Facilitate network events and provide expert advice and support to water sector and other stakeholders.
  • Support on a broad range of risk and emergency management activities associated with critical water infrastructure to the state’s water corporations and to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including participation and observing emergency management exercises with water corporations and other stakeholders as required.
Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications
  • Relevant tertiary qualification/s or experience in public policy, science, natural resource management, law, engineering, economics or a water-related or emergency management field is desired.
  • An understanding of risk management principles and processes is desirable.
  • An understanding of Victorian and Commonwealth emergency management and critical infrastructure arrangements in an “all hazards all agencies” approach is desirable.
  • Knowledge of the water industry in Victoria and governance and regulatory frameworks beneficial.

This is a fixed term position available for a period of 12 months. The work location for this position is flexible within Victoria with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 17 March 2024.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

A secondment is a chance to temporarily work in a different organisation.
It can also regenerate employees who have started to feel they have plateaued in their current role and looking for a springboard into the next phase of their career.

The Victorian water industry secondment program offers the ability to develop further skills and knowledge through matching individual interest with work opportunities across water corporations, and catchment management authorities. The program directly builds the capability of the sector as a whole.

A secondment can offer a more intensive learning experience than classroom or online courses, and you get to put your new knowledge to use immediately and continuously. There are no theory or hypotheticals here, this is real and hands-on.

Hosting organisations experience the benefit of new skills, experience and perspective being applied.

Secondments pay dividends in terms of employee engagement as well. After all, what’s more engaging than a chance to develop new skills without the hassle of going to night school?

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Secondment programs build organisational capability by connecting staff and exposing them to new ideas, alternative leadership styles, and diverse approaches.
It’s an opportunity to learn further skills and knowledge they can use when they return to their regular role.

Secondments are also a great tool for employee retention. If a highly valued team member becomes restless in their role, sending them to another department for a quarter or two gives them a chance to stretch their legs without walking out the door.

VicWater is excited to support the Victorian water industry secondment program, which will help participants improve their skills and invigorate their careers and in doing so, build the capability of the sector as a whole.

Secondments are a great opportunity for people to experience a new functional area in a fast and furious way.

In an era of increasingly specialised skillsets and tough competition for the most talented workers, secondments are a win for both water sector employees and employers.


A secondment is the opportunity to work temporarily in a different firm or department to the one you are already working in. In an internal secondment, the employee moves to a different part of the same organisation. In an external secondment, the employee temporarily works at a different organisation.

Secondment programs build organisational leadership and positive cultural change by connecting staff and exposing them to new ideas, alternative leadership styles, and diverse approaches. It’s an opportunity to learn valuable skills and training on the job, they can use when they return to their regular role.

Length of secondment depends on individual circumstances, but it can range from less than 100 hours on a part-time basis, to up to two years full-time. Depending on organisational policies, opportunities may be open to all or restricted to managers, technical or professional staff.

Generally, your employer who is letting you go on secondment is the one that will continue to pay your wages. There may also be additional consideration in regards to bonuses, expenses, overtime and training costs.

Secondees can learn additional skills, benefit from new experiences and of course it’s a tremendous networking opportunity.

The secondment may be terminated at any time by mutual agreement of the Employing Organisation and the Host Organisation. Alternatively, the Employing Organisation or Host Organisation may terminate the secondment by giving the other party at least two weeks’ written notice.

A secondment does not terminate an employee’s contract of employment; the contract continues to subsist during the period of secondment, and a key principle of the arrangement is that the employee is expected to return to his or her substantive post when the secondment ends.

Below are examples of secondment agreements. If you would like more information please contact us.

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