First listed on: 31 December 2020

Social Equity Officer

About us
We are committed to working together for a thriving community. We do this by delivering over 130 services to our rapidly growing population and working hard to protect and improve what it is that makes Greater Geelong such a great place to live.  

We’re going through an exciting period of change that will help us serve our community better. From digital modernisation to the contemporary office we’re building in Central Geelong, now more than ever is a great time to join our diverse and inclusive team.

About the Role
In this role you will be working in the Social Equity and Safety team and will have a specific focus on outcomes that achieve social equity and inclusion for communities and population groups currently experiencing inequity and disadvantage which impacts on their access to social, civic and economic participation; as well as self-determination and a voice to influence decisions that affect them and their communities.

You will be responsible for facilitating and developing policies as well as delivering strategies or projects that focus on social equity, diversity and inclusion with key focus on gambling.  The outcomes will build on individual and community strengths, giving priority to harm minimisation, early intervention and prevention activities which augment collaborative partnerships, joined-up services and whole of government(s) solutions based on evidence informed responses that lead to sustainability through the application of social justice and community development principles.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and facilitating mechanisms and processes that ensure across-council coordination in analysis, planning and activities to achieve social equity at a strategic and policy level, as well as at community and neighbourhood levels.
  • Facilitating and developing policies and strategies that focus on achieving social equity for priority populations and/or address complex social issues that impact on people’s access to social, economic and civic participation.  For example: gambling, multicultural; Aboriginal; social equity; community safety; family violence; housing; transport; employment.  These priority focuses may change in response to changing needs and community priorities and officers may work across multiple areas.
  • Receiving and facilitating responses to Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Licensing (VCGLR) applications received by Council and provide advice on Council planning permit liquor and gaming applications.
  • Developing and promoting harm minimisation approaches responding to gambling and misuse of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Identifying and developing the resources and collateral to engage and foster community participation and education in relevant actions in the implementation various Council strategies. 

About you
To be successful in this role you will have experience in local government, community development or health promotion practice, a sound knowledge of social justice principles, social equity, harm minimisation, cultural safety and awareness strategies.

  • Tertiary qualifications in the Social or Health Sciences, Community Development or a related field, which focus on community development, health promotion or substantial relevant experience in a similar field.
  • A Current employee Working with Children check.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully facilitating, developing and delivering policies, strategies and projects that increase social equity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience achieving outcomes by engaging with, developing and working in collaboration with the community, government and non-government agencies.
  • Established knowledge of the gambling and liquor licencing industry in particular the social impacts of gaming and the role of local government.
  • Highly developed conceptual skills and well developed written and verbal communication skills required to engage and provide information to a variety of audiences.


  • Awareness of key Council plans such as the Council Plan and the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

As a member of our team, you’ll enjoy the benefits of:

  • flexible work arrangements
  • paid parental leave (14 weeks)
  • a healthy and safe environment
  • our employee wellbeing program
  • discounted memberships at Swim Sport and Leisure facilities
  • career development opportunities.

Applications and Enquiries
Click the APPLY NOW button below to submit your application or find out more about this opportunity. 

Enquiries: Jane Wager | 03 5272 4763 |

Applications close 5.00pm Wednesday 20 January 2021.


City of Greater Geelong values equal opportunity, fairness and enjoys a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and people of all other cultural backgrounds.

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