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Senior Policy Officer - Family Violence Project

Council to Homeless Persons

Join us in working together to end homelessness in Victoria.

Council to Homeless Persons is looking for a Senior Policy Officer to work on our Family Violence Project. This project seeks to better understand current barriers to short-term accommodation for women and children experiencing family violence, and collaboratively design and implement better practices within family violence and specialist homelessness service intake points.

The role is for a fixed 12 month term at 0.8 FTE. Remuneration is up to $110,000 (pro rata) dependent on experience, plus salary packaging.

Organisational context


CHP is the peak Victorian body representing organisations and individuals with a commitment to ending homelessness. CHP works to achieve this purpose through providing leadership in policy development, advocacy, capacity building and working in partnership with people who are or who have been without a home.


An end to homelessness in Victoria.

Guiding principles

CHP believes that homelessness is unacceptable, avoidable and within our reach to resolve. As a peak body and member organisation, CHP prioritises its work to where it can have most impact. Refer to for a comprehensive list of our guiding principles.

Key responsibilities

As Senior Policy Officer – Family Violence Project, you'll:

  • Investigate and develop policy responses to difficulties faced by women and children seeking accommodation options
  • Develop innovative and evidence-based policy solutions that contribute to CHP’s aim of ending homelessness in collaboration with consumers and the homelessness sector
  • Develop advocacy strategies to facilitate the adoption of these policy solutions
  • Undertake research into the policy solutions and service delivery models that are best placed to end homelessness for women and children experiencing family violence and disseminate this knowledge to the specialist homelessness sector.
  • This role works closely with member organisations, and consumers of homelessness programs, to develop policy positions, and to develop the coalitions of support necessary to achieve change.

Selection Criteria


  • Tertiary or post graduate qualification in Social Policy, Social Research, Social Work, Community Development or related field
  • Satisfactory Police Check
  • Current Working with Children Check Experience
  • Demonstrated experience in a social policy role, with a demonstrated ability to analyse and develop policy, produce high quality submissions, reports and position papers and effectively influence policy debates
  • Extensive knowledge of policy relating to human services, including an understanding of the drivers of homelessness, and issues experienced by people who are homeless. Knowledge of the homelessness service system and/or family violence service system desirable.


  • High-level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively to a range of diverse audiences
  • Ability to interpret, analyse and describe data. Experience in journey mapping desirable.
  • Well developed interpersonal and stakeholder management skills

The Council to Homeless Persons is an Equal Opportunity employer and embraces differences in gender, gender diversity, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. We are committed to the safety of all children and have zero tolerance of child abuse. We acknowledge the first peoples of Australia and their unique role in our history and society and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for advertised positions. We recognise the benefit that diversity and inclusion play in helping achieve our goals and vision of ending homelessness.

Police and Working with Children Checks will be required prior to commencing employment.


To submit your application please click 'Apply Now' by the closing date.

For enquiries about the role please contact Damien Patterson, Manager – Policy and Advocacy on 0420 783 594 or at [email protected] using the subject line: Senior Policy Officer - Family Violence Project enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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