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Senior Investigator, Child Safety Investigations


Job title: Senior Investigator, Child Safety Investigations

Company: State Government of Victoria

Job description: About the DepartmentThe Department of Education (DE) leads the delivery of education and development services to children and students both directly through government schools and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services and non-government schools.About the DivisionThe Conduct and Integrity Division provides expert advice and support to school principals and other people managers on managing employee conduct and performance including child safety concerns and fraud and corruption.There are four branches within the Division:

  • Preliminary Investigations Branch
  • Child Safety Investigations Branch
  • Child Safety and Fraud Branch
  • Child Safety and Integrity (Policy and Operations) Branch.

The Division leads critical functions with respect to both school and corporate employees and operations:

  • child safety misconduct and reportable conduct investigations, including notifications to the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) under the Reportable Conduct Scheme in relation to departmental employees and others engaged in departmental workplaces and notifications to the Disability Worker Regulation Commission
  • fraud and corruption investigations, including mandatory reporting to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and public interest disclosures
  • developing and maintaining the department’s guidelines on managing complaints, misconduct and unsatisfactory performance for the teaching service and the public service
  • providing expert advice and support to principals and people managers to manage allegations of misconduct, unsatisfactory performance, fitness for duty and
  • expert advice and management of fraud and corruption, conflict of interest, and integrity performance monitoring and reporting
  • pre-employment screening, and expert advice on suitability for employment and management of the department’s Employment Limitation policy
  • managing relationships with oversight and integrity bodies (including the Victorian Institute of Teaching, CCYP, IBAC, Victorian Ombudsman and the Victorian Public Sector Commission)
  • capability building and training activities aimed at increasing staff confidence to prevent, speak up, identify and respond to inappropriate behaviour, reportable conduct and misconduct
  • strengthening avenues for staff to speak up about inappropriate behaviour and misconduct
  • driving behavioural and system change to build a stronger culture of integrity in the department.

About the RoleReporting into the Manager, Child Safety Investigations, the Senior Child Safety Investigator is responsible for planning, managing and undertaking investigations into complaints and allegations of misconduct by department employees and allegations of child abuse falling within the Reportable Conduct Scheme related to our workplaces.As part of this role, the Senior Investigator will be expected to:

  • have experience conducting high quality and efficient investigations, and manage investigations conducted by outsourced service providers
  • plan and undertake investigations into complaints, allegations of misconduct by an employee, including reportable conduct allegations involving children, consistent with the branch’s processes and practices
  • prepare high quality written materials including investigation reports, briefings and correspondence
  • provide support and advice to the department’s people managers in relation to matters subject to investigation
  • provide expert advice, support and recommendations to people managers and delegated decision-makers about risk mitigation during investigations and employment actions arising out of investigations
  • build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and provide advice to senior decision- makers
  • contribute to division and system improvement activities
  • demonstrate the Public Sector Values and follow departmental policies and procedures in executing duties.

About YouThis role will benefit from a proactive, driven individual, who has proven experience working in a highly sensitive, confidential environment. You will be a team player who can support and motivate those around you.As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • proven, experience leading investigations
  • excellent stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills, able to successfully advise and negotiate with stakeholders
  • highly developed written communication skills across a wide range of mediums, including reporting and brief writing
  • initiative and proactiveness, with success in identifying and implementing process improvements

How to applyApplicants are required to submit a CV and cover letter (max 2 pages for cover letter) summarising their skills, relevant experience and suitability to the role in line with the duties, required capabilities and the Key Selection Criteria.Further InformationFor more details regarding this position please see attached position description.For further information pertaining to the role, please contact Anita Allen, Manager, via [email protected]The department values diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about our work, working for the Department, diversity and inclusion, and our employment conditions visit the and ourApplicants requiring adjustments can contact the nominated contact person.Information about the Department of Education’s operations and employment conditions can be located at .Preferred applicants may be required to have a Working with Children Check, a police check and other pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Department of Education will be treated in the strictest confidence.Please let us know via phone or email if you require any adjustments to ensure your full participation in the recruitment process or if you need the ad or any attachments in an accessible format (e.g large print) due to any viewing difficulties or other accessibility requirements.Applications close 11:59pm on 4 August 2024.Job detailsJob Reference: VG/DE/PES/20015274X9
Location: Melbourne – Eastern Metro
Work Type: Ongoing – full time
Job Function: Regulatory, Governance and Compliance
Classification: VPSG5
Salary Range: $106,534 – $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Date posted: 19-Jul-2024
Application Close Date: 04-Aug-2024
Attachments: (Word, 74KB)
Job SpecificationContact:Anita Allen[email protected]

Expected salary: $106534 – 128897 per year

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Job date: Sat, 20 Jul 2024 07:04:18 GMT

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