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Research Assistant

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  • First Nations People, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disability, and people of color and/or public housing residents are encouraged to apply. Applicants who have a lived experience are encouraged to apply.  
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About CFRE

The Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE) is a collaborative applied research centre that is dedicated to creating solutions to the complex social problems that impact health and wellbeing of children, families and communities. Our centre is located within drummond street services, an innovative community services organisation with a strong focus on social justice. This provides us with a unique opportunity to experience the strengths and challenges of service delivery, as well as an in-depth understanding of a wide range of social issues.

We also work with different levels of government and not for profit agencies across Australia to conduct social research, evaluate programs and services, communicate research findings and build the capacity of organisations to use and generate evidence. We have a highly collaborative approach working with organisations to find practical ways to use evidence in their programs and services and find out what works for their communities. By helping service delivery agencies and policy makers to use evidence, empower their communities and improve their services and programs, we believe that the outcomes for children, families and communities across Australia will improve.

The Position

If you are interested in making an impact on the lives of others and being involved in a team committed to creating social change, then this is the position for you! We are looking to employ a Research Assistant to contribute to our projects and the general operations of CFRE to strengthen our centre further.

This position will support the work we do internally within drummond street services and contribute to external projects. This position is an opportunity for the candidate to strengthen existing skills in research methods and learn and grow in evaluation, program development and consulting.

We offer mentoring and professional development, a variety of flexible working arrangements and support work-life balance. We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive workplace culture and a great place to work and are committed to creating a workforce which reflects the incredible diversity of the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from everyone including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultures, faiths and languages, people with a disability and those who identify as LGBTIQ+.

The role will involve working with the research team to provide data analysis support and other research assistance tasks. This would suit someone who has performed well in a research methods unit in tertiary education and would like to further develop their social research skills as applied in real-world practice.

The types of tasks you will be involved in include:

  • Conducting and analysing evaluation and research data with support from research team;
  • Synthesise and report on findings and contributing to research reports;
  • Data collection tasks including data entry, surveys, interviewing, focus groups and data entry and administrative tasks relating to data collection;
  • Preparing literature reviews, rapid evidence reviews and community profiling reports; and
  • Support the daily operations of applied research and evaluation projects.

Key Selection Criteria


  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications in the social sciences or related field.
  2. Familiarity with data analysis, statistical methods and software proficiency in SPSS and Excel.
  3. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, particularly the ability to synthesise research into reports
  4. An interest in social research.
  5. An ability to work under pressure and meet project requirements and deadlines
  6. Capacity and willingness to work as part of a team
  7. A current Working with Children Check (can be acquired upon receiving the position)


  1. Experience, interest and/or lived experience in one or more areas of social policy, such as gender, LGBTIQ+, First Nations, multiculturalism and social inclusion, disability, family violence, mental health and well-being, would be an advantage.
  2. Data visualisation abilities and/or strong digital competencies.

If you have any questions about the application, the role, or the work we do, please contact Beth McCann, General Manager on (03) 9663 6733 or at beth.mccann@ds.org.au, using the subject line: Research Assistant enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Successful applicants will be required to have a current National Police Check and a Working with Children Check and full Drivers Licence. All candidates must have the right to work in Australia.

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