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Senior Policy Officer

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
  • Location: Highgate
  • Employment Type: Full Time (1.0FTE)
  • Employment Category: Fixed Term until 22 June 2022 with the possibility of extension
  • Remuneration: $86,569.58 - $98,112.19 per annum + superannuation + salary sacrifice
  • Commence: ASAP

The Senior Policy Officer reports to the Policy and Strategy Manager, and is accountable to the Chief Executive Officer. The role is primarily responsible for taking a lead role in providing strategic advice on policy matters pertaining to national and state level policies that will impact the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in WA.

The occupant is responsible for maintaining expert knowledge and awareness of issues, trends and legislative changes across national and state policy issues relating to a range of health policy matters.

To view the full position description and selection criteria, click here, or visit www.ahcwa.org.au

About You

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • A Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (community development, social science, public health, public policy etc.) and/or equivalent knowledge and skills.
  • Minimum 2-3 years' experience working in a health, social or public policy environment in a similar role.
  • Demonstrated skills in providing strategic policy advice.
  • Considerable skills and practical experience in the formulation, development, analysis and evaluation of policy.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to prepare high-quality written materials including submissions, position papers, briefing notes, reports and correspondence.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including negotiation and consultation skills, and the ability to proactively establish and sustain effective stakeholder relationships.
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.
  • High level of initiative with the ability to be proactive and work autonomously as required.
  • Strong computer skills with advanced Microsoft Office skills in Outlook, Work, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to uphold the principles of cultural sensitivity including an ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


In addition to be above, we are looking for someone who:

  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and is acknowledged as such by their community.
  • A sound understanding of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector and relevant health policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and credibly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure that their views are incorporated into health service planning, development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing leadership and support to a team.

The position involves working within a multicultural organisation where the majority of employees, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA "C" Class Driver's Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) prior to appointment.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement, such as an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with a relevant working visa.

About the Benefits

While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $86,569.58 - $98,112.19 per annum plus superannuation.

You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • Flexible work arrangements and a family friendly work environment
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training and development
  • Up to 10 days' Study Leave per year
  • 17.5% Annual Leave loading
  • Bring Your Dog To Work Day
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Up to 2 days' Volunteer Leave per year
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives

Please note there is no closing date for this position. Applications will be assessed on submission and interviews scheduled accordingly. We encourage interested candidates to express their interest without delay!

For further information about this position please call a People and Culture Representative on 08 9227 1631.

As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) AHCWA actively seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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