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Council Gambling Harm Advisor

Alliance for Gambling Reform
  • Job type: 3 days per week, 1-year term contract (this is a job-share position with another current 3 days per week)
  • Remuneration: $70,980 pro rata plus superannuation, plus salary sacrificing
  • Location: Melbourne (and does involve travel to Victorian councils)
  • Supervisor/Manager: Executive Director

The Opportunity 

The Alliance for Gambling reform is building a powerful grassroots movement to stop the damage done to Australians by the aggressive $24 billion gambling industry.

You will be working with 23 Victorian Leadership Councils at the forefront of the movement for gambling reform.

Our Leadership Councils know firsthand the harmful impacts of poker machine and sports betting on their community and turn to us for advice and support. Through hard-hitting local media, billboards, advocacy in the chamber, public forums and education kits, our councils are building community support for reform.

You’ll be out and about, building strong collaborative relationships with Mayors, councillors, council staff and community leaders, and supporting them in community engagement and advocacy.

You’ll be communicating with councils and helping their spokespeople and policy makers shape and share consistent messaging about the public health impacts of gambling harm and how evidence-based policy responses help keep our communities safe, connected and healthy.

Our Leadership Councils have the strongest gambling policies in the country, delivering real change in their community. By coming together with the Alliance, our Leadership group of councils are a powerful political force for reform.

You’ll be working with our energetic, highly-skilled and passionate team of campaigners to deliver successful campaigns such as stopping the expansion of Woolworths pokie pubs, moving AFL clubs away from pokies, and getting invasive betting advertising banned during live sport.

We are a small, supportive team that loves being nimble, trying new things and taking risks to win campaigns. Our team is in it for the long haul, and values work-life balance.

In this role you will:

  • Build and manage relationships with our Victorian leadership group of councils, and other councils who may join this group
  • Gather information from leadership councils to inform the Alliance of community concerns, policy directions and political opportunities.
  • Provide advice on effective policies and strategies available to councils to reduce and minimise gambling harm in their community
  • Work with Alliance and council staff to develop and deliver a program of activities for councils to engage their residents in the Alliance campaign for gambling reform
  • Work with the Alliance Communications Director to assist delivery of consistent communications and messaging by councils and other supporters of the Alliance
  • Support the relationship between the Alliance, the MAV and the VLGA
  • Represent the Alliance at relevant events and meetings
  • Work to retain our existing councils as financial supporters of the Alliance and expand the group of Leadership Councils
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required

You've got what it takes


  • You’re a people person. You communicate clearly, with strong skills in relationship building and managing a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • You’re committed to gambling reform. With experience in policy reform, public health, advocacy or community development.
  • You learn fast. You seek knowledge like a sponge and get things done.
  • You’re a great presenter: You’re a confident speaker and can talk in a compelling way to groups large and small and people from a variety of backgrounds.


  • You know local government. You have experience as a current or former local government councillor or staff member.
  • You’ve been there. You or someone close to you knows first hand the damage done by Australia’s gambling industry.
  • You understand gambling policy. Knowledge of gambling, its impacts, regulation and political context.
  • You lead people to make change. Experience in advocacy, reform movements or organising.
  • You can tell our story and bring people along. Experience in communications, journalism or public relations.

The Alliance recognises people often bring diverse skills. If you have skills beyond this position that you think will make you more valuable to the Alliance, include that in your application.

The Alliance is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds, cultures, gender experiences and abilities to apply.

A full position description is available below.

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