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Policy and Advocacy Officer

Domestic Violence NSW

Are you a dynamic, passionate and committed person to social justice in the context of domestic and family violence (DFV)?

DVNSW is looking for a new Policy & Advocacy Officer to implement a diverse range of projects across the peak body.

  • Reports to Policy and Research Manager
  • Remuneration: SCHADS Level 5 (salary packaging available)
  • Hours: 22.5 to 30 hours per week (negotiable) with flexible conditions
  • Term: Part-time, fixed term contract until 30 June 2021 with potential to be extended
  • A short walk from Central Station or Redfern Station including working from home options.
  • Collaborative, hardworking, high performing team in a bright, open plan and pet-friendly office!

Purpose of the Role

The Policy & Advocacy Officer will support change through advocacy, support of good practice in the sector and a whole of government approach to domestic and family violence and awareness campaigns. This role supports DVNSW’s work on developing high-level approaches to advocacy and realising the priorities of the Blueprint for Reform Strategy (2016 to 2021) The Policy & Advocacy Officer will support DVNSW’s advocacy priorities ensuring there is an evidence base for each of them through research and policy as well as supporting key campaigns and advocacy as it arises.

Our Vision

Women, families and communities in NSW live free from violence, have equal rights, equal opportunities and the freedom to reach their potential.


DVNSW is the peak body for specialist domestic and family violence services in New South Wales. We work from a feminist, social justice perspective and recognise that domestic and family violence (DFV) is serious, prevalent and driven by gender inequality. For further information on our organisation please view our website


  • Expertise developing high-level approaches to advocacy work within the DFV sector.
  • Experience establishing and managing relationships with relevant government departments and key NGO stakeholders.
  • Sound understanding of service standards and a quality framework within the DFV sector.
  • Experience in building and supporting partnerships with sector experts and peak bodies.
  • Superior oral and written, interpersonal, client relationship management and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong relationship building skills with proven ability to coordinate groups with competing priorities.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and maintain a positive interpersonal attitude.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and flexibly to fulfil individual and team performance.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office applications incl. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated expertise developing high-level approaches to policy and advocacy work.
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and experience in dealing with diverse communities such as LGBTQIA+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, members of ethno-religious minority groups, and people with a disability.


  • We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or life stage.
  • DVNSW offers access to Employee Support and Wellbeing Program(s), clinical supervision and mentoring.
  • We work hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for all, and most importantly, we're all about creating better experiences – for our members and for each other.
  • Attractive salary packaging to increase your take home pay.

We encourage applicants to view the Position Description prior to applying. Please click here to view the position description.

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory background checks including a National Police Check, Working with Children Check, disclosure of previous or current disciplinary action, referee checks, proof of eligibility to work in Australia and qualification checks.

DVNSW welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Enquiries about this role should be directed to Renata Field on admin@dvnsw.org.au, using the subject line: Policy and Advocacy Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs or via phone on 02 9698 9777,

We have a quick turnaround time for this position so we're keen to hear from you!

A position description is attached.

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