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Parliamentary Business and Communications Advisor - Canberra

Office of Senator Scott Ludlam
  • Category: Electorate Officer B
  • Location: Perth or Canberra
  • Travel Required: Regular if based in Perth
  • Total Salary including ESA: $90,520
  • Position Type: Full-time for 12 months
  • Reports to: Senator Ludlam

The Parliamentary Business and Digital Communications Advisor will maximise the Senator’s effectiveness in Parliament and support the Senator’s portfolio work in the Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy. The person appointed may accompany the Senator on parliamentary business, public engagements and community meetings as required. This will involve extensive travel and irregular hours.

The position is offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (the MOP(S) Act) and the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Collective Agreement 2012-2015. The salary package is supplemented by an electorate staff allowance in recognition of the long and irregular hours and other special features of this position. Generous employer-sponsored superannuation is also offered.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Management of all parliamentary activity (legislation advice, preparation and amendments, policy briefs and proposals for the Party Room, committee work and inquiry preparation and reports, Senate Estimates, Private Members’ Bills, Motions, Speech Notes, Parliamentary Groups and Associations etc)
  2. Policy advice, research and development and briefings in Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy portfolio and other portfolio areas as required
  3. Advice and support in negotiations with other parties, including government, shadow ministerial, independents offices and staff
  4. Organisation of meetings and attendance on lobbyists and constituents in key portfolio areas
  5. Support for Senator when travelling for Senate Committee inquiries and community visits, as required
  6. Primary management of Parliament House office during sitting weeks

Selection Criteria

  1. Excellent research, written verbal communication skills.
  2. Outstanding time management, prioritisation and organisational skills.
  3. Sound political judgment.
  4. Demonstrated capacity to comprehend complex issues, think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances.
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and work to tight deadlines in a dynamic environment.
  6. Relevant tertiary qualifications and experience (eg. law, economics, politics)

Experience/Knowledge/Personal Qualities

The following abilities and personal qualities are desirable:

  • An interest in, and thorough understanding of, the Australian political context and Australian parliamentary procedures and processes.
  • Ability to track legislation and the parliamentary program.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Australian Greens policies and major issues and how they relate to other political parties and NGOs’ policies.
  • Experience of working with, or in a political, community or lobbying organization
  • Flexibility and initiative.
  • Ability to work co-operatively in a close, teamwork environment.
  • Enthusiasm and self-direction.
  • Ability to work effectively and amicably under pressure.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a wide cross section of individuals and organisations.
  • A respect for sensitive and confidential information.
  • A commitment to the Australian Greens’ Charter and principles.

A probationary period of 3 months, with the option of extending by a maximum of two months, will apply.

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