Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership



Senior Policy Advisors (2 x 1.0FTE)

Mental Health Victoria (MHV) is the peak body for Victoria’s mental health sector. We work with carers, consumers, clinical and support services, medical colleges, professional associations, unions, police, emergency services, universities, governments and many others involved in mental health.

MHV’s aim is to ensure that all Victorians living with mental illness can access the treatment and support they need to lead fulfilling lives in the community. To this end, we commission research and develop policy aimed at improving the mental health system as a whole and its many constituent parts.  We bring together mental health system stakeholders through state and national events including conferences, summits and forums, and we auspice the Victorian Mental Health Policy Network and Service Reform Advocacy Network.

Mental Health Victoria engages in advocacy, the development of public policy, and the delivery of workforce development and training services that build individual, organisational and community capacity. Mental Health Victoria translates best evidence into practice for the benefit of its members and their staff, consumers and communities.

MHV played a key role in the advocacy leading up to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. MHV currently plays a key role in ensuring that key stakeholders are engaged in the reform process in order to deliver world class mental health services to all Victorians. MHV’s engagement and communications with internal and external stakeholders is critical in realising our organisational purpose.


About the role

As a senior policy advisor with Mental Health Victoria you will have a unique opportunity to shape the State’s mental health policy agenda and play a critical role in helping Mental Health Victoria to achieve its policy and advocacy goals, notably the successful implementation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Position accountabilities

  • Provide high-quality, original, timely advice and responses to emerging issues in mental health
  • Research, coordinate and prepare reports, policy submissions, policy papers, and other publications
  • Support and/or lead the co-ordination of engagement activities including webinars, consultations and events with MHV members and stakeholders
  • Engage with mental health organisations representing a diverse range of stakeholders to inform policy responses
  • Represent Mental Health Victoria on local, state and national committees to advocate on mental health issues, as required.

Key selection criteria

  • Prior experience in a fast-paced public policy role, with strengths in policy writing, analysis and development
  • A solid understanding of the Victorian mental health landscape, or demonstrated experience in a similar health or community services sector
  • Highly developed research and analytical skills for identifying key issues relevant to Mental Health Victoria’s policy work
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively to a range of diverse audiences and to produce high quality submissions, reports and position papers
  • Tertiary qualification in relevant field (for example, Public Health, Public Policy, Law, Social Work).


How to apply

Position Description : PD Senior Policy Adviser 3-Apr-2023

Written applications addressing the selection criteria and including a resume and the names and contact details of three professional referees should be sent to using the subject: ‘Confidential Recruitment:  Senior Policy Advisor application via Pro Bono Jobs’.

Applications close: Thursday 27th April 2023.

Important: It is essential that applicants specifically address the key selection criteria. Where selection criteria have not been addressed, applications will not be considered.
Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children.

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