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Policy Officer - Workforce

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
  • Location: Highgate
  • Employment Type: Permanent
  • Employment Category: Full Time
  • Remuneration: $76,950.73 - $84,872.13 per annum pro rata + super + salary sacrifice

About the Organisation

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Western Australia. We exist to support and act on behalf of our 23 Member ACCHSs throughout WA, actively responding to the individual and collective needs of our Members.

Governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who represent all regions in Western Australia, AHCWA aims to promote and strengthen the ACCHSs' model of care; a model that is built around the delivery of comprehensive, holistic, and culturally secure primary health care services.

AHCWA is a community organisation that focusses on making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. We work together as a team; to respect and understand the social and cultural needs; to network; to provide support; to advocate; to influence policy; to monitor performance; and to build work capacity to help improve and strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities.

AHCWA is centrally located on the bustling and vibrant Beaufort Street café strip, and offers a flexible and family friendly workplace with a wide range of benefits to suit prospective employees.

AHCWA is also home to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides access to a number of training programs and short courses to enhance the capacity of the ACCHS workforce.

To find out more about AHCWA, visit our website at www.ahcwa.org.au

About the Opportunity

The Policy Officer - Workforce will report to the Policy and Strategy Manager and is accountable to the Executive Manager - Policy and Public Health. The role is responsible for: maintaining a view across national and state policy issues relating to workforce; providing policy advice on workforce issues; and, ensuring that AHCWA develops and leads innovative and effective policies, projects and practices to strengthen the Aboriginal health workforce.

This position will work closely with all AHCWA Work Units, AHCWA's Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS); Regional Health Planning Forums and other key external stakeholders. The Policy Officer - Workforce will provide timely verbal advice and written submissions on national and state policy agendas specifically in relation to policies that will impact on the AHCWA and WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector workforce.

The occupant of this position will be expected to comply with and demonstrate a positive commitment to the highest level of achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity, Work Health & Safety, Code of Conduct, Quality Improvement, Performance Management, Client Focus and Confidentiality throughout the course of their duties.

To view the full Position Description and Selection Criteria, click here, or visit www.ahcwa.org.au/employment

About You

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (community development, social science, public health, public policy etc.) and/or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Considerable skills and experience in the formulation, analysis and evaluation of policy.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to prepare high-quality written materials including submissions, position papers, briefing notes, reports and correspondence.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including negotiation and consultation skills and the ability to proactively establish and sustain effective stakeholder relationships.
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.
  • High level of initiative with the ability to be proactive and work autonomously as and when required.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute ideas and demonstrate initiative and flexibility.
  • Strong computer skills with advanced Microsoft Office skills in Outlook, Work, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ideally, in addition to the above, the successful candidate would also meet the following criteria:

  • The person identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and is acknowledged as such by their community.
  • A sound understanding of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector and relevant health and workforce policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and credibly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure that their views are incorporated into health service planning, development and implementation.

The position involves working with a multicultural organisation where the majority of staff, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA "C" Class Driver's Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) and Working with Children Check (if applicable) prior to appointment, in order to be eligible for the position.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement. Acceptable evidence includes an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with relevant visa.

About the Benefits

While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $76,950.73 - $84,872.139 per annum plus superannuation. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • Flexible work arrangements and a family friendly work environment
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training
  • Up to 10 days' Study Leave per year
  • 17.5% Annual Leave loading
  • Bring Your Dog To Work Day
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Up to 2 days' Volunteer Leave per year
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives

All submissions must be received by the nominated closing date. In fairness to all applicants, late applications cannot be considered unless prior consent has been received under restricted circumstances.

For further information about this position please call Lailah Eloche, People and Culture Administrator, on 08 9227 1631.

As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) AHCWA actively seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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