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Research Officer / Policy and Parliamentary Adviser

Greens WA
  • Position: Full time / Part time (0.6 – 1 FTE) TBC
  • Salary: ER1 - ER7, $80,452 - $97,994pa (pro rata) 
  • Anticipated start date: May/June 2021


Dr Brad Pettitt is the Greens Member of the Legislative Council for the South Metropolitan Region. His portfolio priorities will be sustainable cities, including transport, planning, housing and homelessness as well as energy, climate change, forests and integrity of Government.


The Research Officer manages the Members’ parliamentary business and policy development, advocacy and engagement. 

The Research Officer will be a passionate, knowledgeable and highly skilled individual with a deep commitment to Greens values, who will provide policy expertise and strategic advice to the Member to ensure that parliamentary and policy work is conducted in line with the Members’ strategic goals. 


The position is offered at an Electorate Officer A classification ($ER1 - ER7, $80,452 - $97,994 per annum) 

A three-month probation period will apply.


  • Parliamentary business: 
    • Manage the Parliament House office, and Members’ legislative agenda 
    • Provide advice on, and prepare for Parliament and the use of Parliamentary processes including Amendments, Questions, Estimates, Private Members’ Bills, Motions, Speeches, Committees, Inquiries etc. 
    • Research and analysis of proposed legislation and recommendations on position according to Greens WA policy 
    • Provide advice and support in negotiations with other parties, including government and shadow ministerial offices and staff
  • Policy research and engagement: 
    • Policy development and updating key policy documents in priority portfolio areas  
    • Develop productive and lasting relationships with NGOs and other relevant stakeholders in relation to portfolio priority areas  
    • Seek expert opinion and advice on key portfolio policy areas
    • Develop advocacy and campaign strategies on key portfolio policy areas
  • Contribute to communications activates to ensure awareness about the Members’ work, such as: 
    • Posting content to the Members’ social media and website in line with strategic objectives and messaging guide, and
    • Drafting media releases and other communications content relating to policy and portfolio work, such as newsletters stakeholder updates, advocacy documents and response to correspondence,
    • Identify opportunities for profile raising in portfolio areas
  • Attend meetings and public engagements with or, on behalf of the Member, 
  • Some after-hours or weekend work on occasion, and
  • Other duties as required. 


Essential Criteria:

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to convey complex issues in plain English. 
  2. Well-developed organisational skills including the ability to prioritise and schedule work to ensure the completion of tasks to meet deadlines. 
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, particularly in dealing with complex and difficult issues, and the ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders and build enduring and productive collaborative working relationships. 
  4. Strong research and analytical skills and a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current key policy issues as they affect WA, in particular planning, transport, housing, sustainability, forests and climate change.
  5. A good understanding of WA Parliamentary processes and procedures and/or a demonstrated ability to learn formal legal and bureaucratic processes. 


  1. Experience developing and implementing online and offline political and community engagement strategies and opportunities 
  2. Demonstrated understanding of campaign strategy and management, community building and stakeholder liaison
  3. Success in developing and implementing traditional and new media 

Please note all employees are expected to sign a confidentiality and code of conduct agreement prior to the commencement of their employment.   

We actively encourage applications from any interested and qualified people. We don’t discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. We welcome people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for all our roles. We recognise the richness and value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to workplaces, policy development and service delivery.

Enquiries about the position to Trish on 0411 560 422.

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