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Chief of Staff

Office of Dorinda Cox

Dorinda Cox is a Yamatji Noongar woman and is set to make history as the first, First Nations female Senator for WA. Caring for country runs deep in Dorinda’s blood and she is dedicated to working for those the system works against.

Dorinda is seeking a dynamic, innovative and effective team who will be passionate about justice, ecological sustainability and working for those that are most vulnerable.

Dorinda is seeking applications from a strategic and experienced chief of staff (COS) to help build her team and oversee her re-election.

The COS provides strategic advice, coordinates priority campaigns, leads on media work and messaging and manages an electorate office team working across offices in Perth and Canberra.

The COS frequently accompanies the Senator on parliamentary business and public engagements, involving travel and irregular hours.

The position is offered under the ​Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984​, and employment conditions are outlined in the ​Members of Parliament (Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019​.

Key work areas

  • Oversight of election preparation
  • Media, communications strategy, development and implementation
  • Staff supervision and management
  • Crisis management
  • Planning and managing office resources
  • Party liaison

Selection Criteria


  1. Demonstrated capacity to comprehend complex issues, think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances in a political context.
  2. Demonstrated experience of working with the media within a political, community or lobbying organisation, or as a media professional
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage a small team, in a high pressure environment with competing demands
  4. Excellent understanding of Australian Political context, and sound political judgement


  1. Experience in community legal, health, mental health, and/or community services, especially with First Nations organisations.
  2. Election campaign experience

Salary $96,911

Anticipated Start Date September 2021

Contract Until end of term - 30 June 2022 (unless re-elected)

Applications are encouraged from any interested and qualified people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. 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.

If you have any questions regarding the position or applying please call Trish Cowcher on 0411 560 422.

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