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Senior Policy, Project Lead

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Community Development (Community Services & Development)
  • Full time
  • $93,000 – $103,000 per year

The Senior Policy, Project Lead will support the Executive Manager, Policy and is primarily responsible for liaising with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Partnership Forum Action Plan and the associated working groups. The Officer will also liaise closely with other members of the team to communicate the developments and outcomes of the working groups and action plan implementation process to the Partnership Forum, Member’s forum and through other mechanisms.

The role will also support the Policy team in other areas of strategic priority through the development of evidence-based submissions, briefings, policy campaigns and other similar tasks when required.


  • Working for Community in a culturally safe Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation.
  • Access to generous Not for Profit salary packaging entitlements, bonus leave, cultural leave.
  • Entitlement to leave loading.
  • Organisational early finish Fridays and flexible working arrangements considered.
  • Work in inner-city Collingwood with wellness spaces and end of trip facilities available.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support the delivery of the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Partnership Forum Action Plan.
  • Manage and support the working groups for the implementation of the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Partnership Forum Action Plan including, but not limited to, setting meeting dates, creating agendas, recording the minutes, developing up briefs and papers for decision by members of the working group.
  • Provide timely, evidence based, strategic advice, reasoned recommendations and innovative solutions to complex and sensitive issues based on comprehensive research to senior management and other key stakeholders to enable decision-making.
  • Produce high quality and relevant meeting papers and briefs and review and add value to briefs prepared by other stakeholders, to ensure decision makers are provided with relevant and timely information to enable effective and strategic decision making.
  • Liaise with relevant internal and external stakeholders to establish and maintain effective working relationships and facilitate the flow of information.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to holistic Aboriginal health, Aboriginal culture, and the philosophy and practice of Aboriginal Community Control.
  • At least two years’ experience in a relevant role.
  • Demonstrated experience having managed the administrative functions of working groups and/ or secretariats.
  • Good stakeholder-engagement and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent written communication skills and demonstrated experience preparing complex briefs, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language to ensure they contain the information necessary to achieve their purpose and meet audience needs while ensuring appropriate style and formats are used.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage sensitive information, maintain confidentiality and always remain impartial.
  • Self-motivated and demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and as an effective team member, promoting cooperation and commitment to achieve goals.
  • A flexible approach, with strong organisational and planning skills, including the ability to effectively manage time and workload, prioritise tasks, and meet changing circumstances, competing demands, interruptions, and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience using Microsoft applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Project Management) combined with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.


  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged to apply as your cultural and lived experiences are central to the work we do.
  • Demonstrated experience in the Victorian Government public sector.
  • Knowledge of the health sector and policy in Victoria.

Highly Regarded

  • Demonstrated knowledge, understanding, and commitment to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, and health.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy and practice of Aboriginal Community Control.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal peoples, Communities, and organisations, in a culturally safe, and appropriate, manner.
  • Demonstrated understanding of LGBTQIASB+ issues and experience with LGBTQIASB+ people via professional engagement, employment or lived experience.

Get in touch

For more information regarding this role, please contact [email protected], using the subject line: Senior Policy, Project Lead enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Other employment related information

Employment is subject to satisfactory and ongoing police records check (international where relevant), and Working with Children Check.

About Us

We are a centre of expertise, policy advice, training, innovation and leadership in Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

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VACCHO is committed to welcoming and embracing the diversity of cultures, identities, gender, sex, and sexually diverse identities and expressions, experiences, beliefs, and values of all people.

We believe in the right for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity at all times, and that all people who work for, govern or undertake work at or visit us should at all times feel safe and included.

About Salary Packaging: As a Public Benevolent Institute (PBI), we are able to offer generous tax concessions to our staff. For further information, please click here: Categories & Benefits.

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