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Communications Officer

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
  • Contract Part time (2.5 days a week, preferred days negotiable)
  • Sector: Not-for-profit
  • Location: Canberra, Civic
  • Salary: Social and Community Services Employee Level 5.1 (+ up to $15 000 salary sacrifice)

About Us

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is a national Disabled People's Organisation (DPO) that advocates federally for the human rights of people with disability, and their families, from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

NEDA is a founding member of Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPOA).

NEDA offers attractive employment benefits including salary sacrifice packaging (making part of your salary tax-free and increasing take-home pay), flexible work arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development.

A laptop & phone will be provided to support the position, and some interstate travel may be required.

Annual leave is 4 weeks (pro rata).

About The Role

NEDA is currently seeking a part-time Communications Officer to be based in our office in Canberra and join our expanding team of professionals.

This dynamic role would suit a well organised, strong project focused individual who is efficient, has an eye for detail and enjoys managing multiple priorities, utilising sound judgement, discretion and initiative.

Purpose of the Position

  • To manage and drive NEDA’s communication activities
  • To work collaboratively with team members in accordance with NEDA’s strategic plan

Organisational Relationships

  • Reporting to the Senior Research and Policy Officer, the Communications Officer will also be required to work collaboratively with the CEO and the policy and project teams
  • The Communications Officer will be required to build strong relationships with key stakeholders in the wider disability and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community


  • Strengthen NEDA’s communications presence through the use of new and existing communication channels
  • Develop, oversee and implement NEDA’s communication strategy
  • Liaise with the CEO and Senior Research and Policy Officer to respond to media enquiries and arrange for media releases and interviews
  • Provide strategic communications advice to the CEO on areas impacting people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Work in collaboration with NEDA’s preferred web development agency in developing a new, user-friendly and accessible website for NEDA
  • Develop a NEDA style and language guide to ensure consistent branding and messaging in all NEDA communications
  • Create templates for submissions, letters to Ministers, factsheets and other key public-facing documents
  • Work with graphic designers and/or communication agencies to create meaningful, culturally appropriate and disability inclusive communication materials
  • Represent NEDA in forums, meetings and within communication and/or marketing activities
  • Undertake special tasks on an ad hoc basis, as required and directed by the CEO and/or the Senior Research & Policy Officer


  • Demonstrated experience in developing content for social media, newsletters, factsheets, reports and other key communication channels
  • Demonstrated experience managing social media and creating digital content using graphic designing and video editing skills
  • Demonstrated experience writing media releases with short notice
  • Demonstrated experience working with journalists to respond to media enquiries and develop stories
  • Demonstrated skills in building connections with key stakeholders, such as journalists and representatives from Federal Government departments
  • Experience in using desktop publishing applications such as Mailchimp and Drupal
  • Good consultative skills, including the ability to liaise with people with lived experience of disability and people from CALD backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including exemplary writing skills

About you

As a disabled person’s organisation (DPO) governed by people with disability from migrant/refugee backgrounds, NEDA strongly encourages applications from (culturally & linguistically diverse) CALD people with disability.

Additionally, NEDA welcomes applications from non-CALD people with disability and people from migrant/refugee backgrounds. Applicants with an understanding, background and/or passion for human rights, and advocacy are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must hold the right to work in Australia.

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