Chief Executive Officer (Scheme Decision Maker) – Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme - Fisher Leadership
Close Date: 03/02/2024
REF: DOJfas1223
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Chief Executive Officer (Scheme Decision Maker) – Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme

Close Date: 03/02/2024
REF: DOJfas1223
  • Lead on major reform that places victims of crime at the centre of a responsive scheme
  • Build a multi-disciplinary high performing team and fit for purpose operational systems and processes
  • Develop deep relationships with a variety of stakeholders


The Position 

The Department of Justice and Community Safety seeks to appoint an experienced and values driven executive to lead a newly established entity delivering financial assistance to victims of violent crime as part of landmark reform in the state.

Highly anticipated by victims and stakeholders, the new Financial Assistance Scheme represents a fundamental change in the Victorian Government’s response to providing financial assistance to victims of crime based on a trauma informed model.

With responsibility for an annual operating budget in excess of $15 million with a staffing complement of approximately 80 employees, the Chief Executive Officer (Scheme Decision Maker) will be accountable for delivering an efficient and sustainable operational model, and monitoring scheme performance in line with service level objectives.

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary, Police, Racing, Victims and Coordination, the position performs statutory functions of the Scheme Decision Maker including deciding on applications for financial assistance and acknowledging the harm done to victims through written victim recognition statements and/or meetings. The role also requires education and outreach and promoting public awareness.

We are looking for a leader who meets the following success criteria required to excel in this unique opportunity:

  • Demonstrated successful executive leadership across a range of settings and disciplines, ideally as a CEO or a Senior Executive within the Public Sector.
  • Experience in the successful implementation of new and complex service system changes or other key reform activities with significant public and stakeholder expectations.
  • Demonstrated ability in exercising professional judgement, financial and legal acumen to perform the functions of the Scheme Decision Maker as required by the Act.
  • Proven ability to translate organisational strategy into meaningful long-term plans and objectives for all areas of the organisation; motivating others to deliver on organisational goals, objectives, and operational plans.
  • Ability to engage effectively with diverse senior stakeholders to support delivery of organisational outcomes.
  • Knowledge of victim-related issues including the nature and dynamics of family violence and sexual assault and the systemic barriers faced by marginalised communities in the justice system.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing comprehensive, expert advice to Ministers, or heads of regulatory or other governance bodies.


The successful appointee will have a reputation for integrity, stewardship, inclusive collaboration and driving system performance.

A tertiary degree in a relevant discipline such as law, social sciences or public sector business administration is required.

To apply – please click on ‘APPLY ONLINE’ using reference DOJfas1223 addressing the selection criteria in your cover letter and resume to David Baber of Fisher Leadership.

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