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Policy and Advocacy Manager - Work from Home

Communication Rights Australia
  • Work location: No fixed location – Work from home 
  • Employment type: 6 months Fixed Term. Full-time or Part Time equivalent (upon negotiation) 
  • Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000 (dependant on experience) - Salary packaging available 
  • Position reports to: Communication Rights Australia - Board of Directors 

For many years Communication Rights Australia was the leading human rights information and advocacy organisation for people with a disability, prioritising those who require communication support to functionally communicate. We are the only advocacy and information service within Australia that gives priority to people who require communication support to functionally communicate. Our organisation aims to break down barriers and remove discrimination to ensure equality and inclusion for people with disabilities including those who require communication support to functionally communicate. 

The primary purpose of the Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor role is to: 

  • Design a solid project proposal for submission to the Disability Royal Commission 
  • Provide ongoing lobbying and advocacy for the rights and needs of people who require communication support to functionally communicate. 

This role will also require effective networking and stakeholder engagement. 

The Policy and Advocacy Manager would confidently represent Communication Rights Australia in advocating for the needs of people who can’t functionally communicate at National and State levels to a range of government departments and organisations. 

Are you

  • Passionate about improving the lives of people who require communication support to functionally communicate 
  • Committed to advocating for the rights of people who require communication support to functionally communicate 
  • A strong communicator with the ability to work autonomously to deliver outcomes 
  • Experienced in influencing a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels 

Further information 

Julie Phillips – Chair of the Board – 0417 570 197

About Communication Rights Australia 

In 1980, a self-help group, the ‘Board Users Group’ was created by a sector of the speech-impaired community in response to the inequalities and barriers faced by them at the time. In 1984 it was renamed ‘Communication Aid User Society’ but confusion arose with people believing that only those who used devices could access the group. 

Evolving from a self-help group to a state-wide, non-profit organisation funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services, Philanthropic Trusts and Donations, the organisation rebranded as ‘CAUS’ in 1999. The final name change to Communication Rights Australia came into existence in 2000, better reflecting the values and activities of the organisation. Today, we continue to support and enhance the lives of people with little or no speech. 

Our vision is to ensure equality and inclusion of people with disabilities including those who require communication support to functionally communicate. Our mission is to uphold the human rights of people who require communication support to functionally communicate. Actively committed to breaking down barriers to inclusion for people with a disability, we aim for a world free of discrimination where people with a disability are heard and treated with dignity. 

Selection criteria 

Knowledge and skills 

  1. Interpersonal Skills Detects and responds appropriately to the underlying concerns, interests or emotions that lie behind what is being said and done; presents as genuine and sincere when dealing with others; projects an objective view of another’s position; uses understanding of individuals to get the best outcomes for the person and organisation. 
  2. Stakeholder Management Identifies issues in common for one or more stakeholders and uses to build mutually beneficial partnerships; identifies and responds to stakeholder’s underlying needs; uses understanding of the stakeholders’ organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved; find innovative solutions to resolve stakeholder issues. 
  3. Written Communication: Prepares complex briefs, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language; edits written communications to ensure they contain the information necessary to achieve their purpose and meet audience needs; ensures appropriate style and formats are used. 
  4. Relationship Building Establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels; promotes harmony and consensus through diplomatic handling of disagreements; forges useful partnerships with people across business areas, functions and organisations; builds trust through consistent actions, values and communications; minimises surprises. 

Safety screening 

  • All competitive applicants are subject to a satisfactory National Police Check as part of the recruitment assessment process. 
  • Applicants who have lived overseas for 12 months or longer during the past 10 years are required to provide the results of an international police check. Applicants should contact the relevant overseas police force to obtain this and submit as part of their application. Details of overseas police agencies are available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website (www.immi.gov.au) and search under 'Character and Police Certificate Requirements – How do I obtain a police certificate?'. 

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