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Policy and Projects Coordinator - Flexible Location

Australian Alcohol and Other Drugs Council
  • 0.8 FTE (4 days per week)
  • Applicants can be located anywhere in Australia

About AADC

The Australian Alcohol and other Drugs Council (AADC) is the national peak body representing the alcohol and other drugs sector. 

Through promoting effective, efficient and evidence-informed prevention, treatment and harm reduction policies, programs and research at the national level, we work to advance health and public welfare through achievement of the lowest possible levels of alcohol and other drug related harm. We strive for an Australia where all people who use or have used alcohol and other drugs, and the communities they live in, experience positive health and wellbeing.

The role

AADC’s work is embedded in the experiences and knowledge of the alcohol and other drugs sector, as represented through its member base.  Our positions are directly informed by the practice experience of our members, the lived experience of the communities they support, and quality research undertaken within Australia and internationally.  Working with the Chief Executive Officer(CEO), the Policy and Projects Coordinator is responsible for the development of evidence-based submissions, issues papers, briefings and other policy and project work that reflects the perspectives, experience and priorities of AADC’s members.  

The Policy and Projects Coordinator will design and deliver processes that facilitate member engagement and feedback, to ensure the consensus views of our members inform the design and implementation of the alcohol and other drugs health services system at the federal level.  These processes will ensure policy depth, whilst being balanced with a need for effective and efficient processes of consultation that are commensurate with our members’ resources and capacity. 

The Policy and Projects Coordinator will develop close and collaborative relationships with key representatives from within AADC’s membership.  They will proactively liaise with members to ensure AADC is informed of all emerging issues, trends and priorities that are of interest to our members.  They will deliver resources and communications that help AADC to promote the interests of our members to external stakeholders. 

The incumbent will be a motivated, highly organised and self-starting all-rounder who enjoys a flexible working environment and has exceptional written skills.  They will enjoy working in a small team with big aspirations and will contribute to a culture that genuinely brings the organisation’s values into being. They will be comfortable to take the initiative and produce written work to the highest standard.  They will have demonstrated experience in health or social policy, strengths in member and consumer engagement, and a capacity to think at a systems level.


  • A wordsmith extraordinaire

Your written skills are second to none, with a clean, crisp style that can be adapted to diverse communications channels and audiences.  Our job is persuasion and your words are a vehicle for delivering that.  

  • Committed to engagement

You have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.  Most importantly, you have a deep and passionate commitment to listening so that we’re able to represent the perspectives and experiences of our members with integrity and authenticity.  You will need to be up to date on the perspectives and priorities of our members and have the ability to analyse and draw these together to ensure AADC is always aware of emerging trends and issues for the sector.

  • A systems-thinker

You understand the role of peaks in informing and promoting systems change, and the relationship that operates between legislative, policy and funding systems and the achievement of positive community and individual outcomes.   

  • Flexible and adaptable

You have the ability to receive feedback and utilise it to develop and implement process improvements. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment.

  • Organised and autonomous

Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills are a must! You are self-driven with capacity to work in a pressured environment with limited supervision, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines. You also know your way around a computer, particularly in using Microsoft Office software and establishing/maintaining data collection and communication systems such as Zoom. 

  • Relevant qualifications and experience

You have demonstrated experience in the field of health and/or social policy and have experience in delivering member engagement and consultation processes. You hold a relevant tertiary qualification (e.g. human services, health, political science or public policy) or equivalent relevant experience.

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Please see the attached Position Description for a thorough outline of the role. 

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