Department of Justice and Community Safety

Planning and Performance Manager (VPSG5)

Job Description

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Ararat

Job type: Full time / 31/12/2022

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $102,637 – $124,183

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Reference: VG/DJ7955DEC21

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

  • Full-time/ Fixed term
  • VPS5 – $102,637 – $124,183
  • Hopkins Correctional Centre

About us

Hopkins Correctional Centre is a medium security prison located in Ararat which houses up to 798 male offenders.

About the role

Reporting to the General Manager, Corporate Services, The Planning & Performance Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a program of continuous quality improvement that includes systems to collate and evaluate performance data from a range of sources; providing reports that reflect emerging trends, risks, and achievements.

The Performance and Planning Manager undertakes complex project work and related tasks which includes the development and implementation of strategic business plans and compliance, monitor progress against plans and support managers in the delivery of the plans. The role is also responsible for providing analysis, interpretation, and recommendations for identified issues, particularly in relation to performance against Service Delivery Outcomes.

The role oversees and develops the quality and compliance program within the Prison to ensure accountability, data collection and quality service delivery.

About you

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

Technical Expertise

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, monitor and report on strategic business plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop systems and to analyse data from a range of sources in order to evaluate and improve services and programs.

Essential attributes and skills

  • Strategic Planning: Coaches others and engages key stakeholders in strategic planning process. Thinks at the whole of system level and undertakes internal and external scanning, considering wide-ranging possibilities in developing a vision for the future; translates strategic direction into team and individual plans and daily activities for self and others.
  • Project Delivery: Translates strategies into programs or projects that enables achievement of outcomes required; defines governance e.g. success measures, roles and responsibilities, progress monitoring) required to manage risks and maximise probability of success.
  • Stakeholder Management: Identifies issues in common for one or more clients or stakeholders and uses them to build mutually beneficial partnerships; identifies and responds to stakeholder’s underlying needs; uses understanding of the stakeholder’s organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved.

  • Team Management: Ensures staff are productively deployed through effective workforce planning practices. Translates organisational strategy into workforce requirements (e.g. roles, team structures, capabilities). Takes actions to optimise workforce effectiveness.
  • Lead and Navigate Change: Implement structured change management initiatives at an organisational level; clarify purpose and benefits of change to staff and provide leadership in times of uncertainty.

For a full description of the Key Accountabilities and Key Selection Criteria please refer to the attached Position Description


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department’s obligations under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  • A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

How to apply

Please ensure you include a resume and cover letter within your response.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

Job Summary

Ararat Location
Full Time Job Type


Department of Justice and Community Safety