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Senior Advisor, Policy and Research

Energy Efficiency Council


The Energy Efficiency Council is a not-for-profit membership association for businesses, universities, governments and NGOs. Founded in 2009, the Council’s members are diverse, but are united by a common cause: building a sophisticated market for energy management products and services that delivers:

  • Healthy, comfortable buildings;
  • Productive, competitive businesses; and
  • An affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system for Australia.

The Energy Efficiency Council’s vision is to make Australia a global leader in smart energy management. To this end, the Council works with its members and partners to:

  • Drive ambitious government policy by advocating for smart energy management policies and programs that deliver for all Australians;
  • Support business decision making and growth with trusted, impartial information on energy so they have confidence making the right energy management investments; and
  • Build the quality of energy management products and services by delivering training and professional development to energy management professionals across Australia.

Energy management encompasses a wide range of practices and technologies including energy efficiency, demand management or load shifting, and demand response. Smart energy management makes our buildings healthier and more comfortable, our businesses more productive, and our energy system more affordable.

The Energy Efficiency Council is well respected in the energy policy debate and has played a critical role in many recent reforms that are boosting Australia’s productivity and helping keep energy affordable. Additionally, the Council has a reputation for working closely with government and other partners to develop high value research and content for industry participants.

High quality, strategic projects increase the profile and influence of the Council, build the market for energy management, support energy management providers and energy users, provide a foundation for the Council’s policy and advocacy, communications, training and events activities and are an important means to diversify and grow revenue.


The Council’s expert team of staff and independent advisors work with governments at the state and federal level, key industry and professional associations, non-governmental organisations, particularly our NGO Partners, and our industry members on developing key policy positions and advocacy campaigns on a range of energy efficiency, energy management and demand response issues. Further, the Council undertakes bespoke research on a range of topics to support government with developing sound policy and programs that support reducing energy consumption and costs and the achievement of net zero targets.

The purpose of the role of the Senior Advisor, Policy and Research is to drive the Council’s policy and advocacy agenda through:

  • Policy development, consultation and writing submissions on key policy areas like energy efficiency (white certificate) schemes;
  • Research and strategic work on policy priorities;
  • Advocacy and stakeholder engagement; and
  • Support across the Council's projects and programs.

The Senior Advisor, Policy and Research will be highly motivated, with a track record of demonstrating initiative, acting autonomously, and having a keen attention to detail. The Senior Advisor, Policy and Research will have excellent interpersonal, analytical, and oral and written communication skills, and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in policy, advocacy or industry research in the energy, emissions reduction, sustainability or an equivalent industry. Additional experience will be considered favourably.


This role requires significant engagement with members, formal and informal partners, and working in conjunction with them to deliver policy and advocacy, research and analysis and other strategic wok on policy priorities.

Key duties include:

  • Policy development, consultation and writing submissions on key policy areas like energy efficiency (white certificate) schemes, including:
    • Working with the Head of Policy and CEO to develop Council positions on a range of policies that affect energy efficiency and demand management through:
      • Researching policy and technical issues, including through engagement with members, partners and other experts;
      • Engaging with Council members, including through task groups and consultation workshops; and
      • Monitoring media, government policy and developments in the energy policy space; and
    • Drafting policy papers, submissions and media releases that provide detailed and timely advice on policy issues.
  • Research and strategic work on policy priorities, including:
    • Working with the Heads of Policy and Projects to undertake data gathering, analysis and report writing, considering both primary and secondary research, i.e. stakeholder consultation and desktop literature reviews.
  • Advocacy and stakeholder engagement, including;
    • Developing strategies to support policy priorities, considering the use of submissions, media and engaging with key stakeholders;
    • Representing the Council in meetings with government officials and other key stakeholders;
    • Working with the CEO and Head of Policy to promote key concepts through media channels; and
    • Managing complex relations with diverse stakeholders, including members, governments, industry associations and other non-profit organisations.
  • Support across the Council's projects and programs, including:
    • Assisting with shaping the Council's strategy and focus areas by staying informed of member and stakeholder priorities and concerns, and briefing executive staff; and
    • Supporting Council staff on discrete activities with a policy component, i.e. content for the National Energy Efficiency Conference or copy for newsletters.

The Council is a small and flexible organisation. The successful candidate will be required to work on a range of cross-organisational projects, on an ad hoc basis, in collaboration with colleagues and external stakeholders to meet the Council’s overall goals.


Exact employment conditions will be negotiated based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

  • 0.6 - 1.0FTE (22.8 – 38 hours per week);
  • $110,000 – 120,000 per annum including superannuation at 1.0FTE, pro-rated for FTE;
  • Some out-of-hours work required, as well as interstate travel;
  • Preference for a candidate in Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra ; and
  • Flexible work arrangements under COVID-19, with staff working remotely at present.

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