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Policy and Advocacy Advisor

Public Health Association of Australia

Organisation overview

The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) is recognised as the principal non-government organisation for public health in Australia working to promote the health and well-being of all Australians. It is the pre-eminent voice for the public’s health in Australia. The PHAA works to ensure that the public’s health is improved through sustained and determined efforts of the Board, the National Office, the State and Territory Branches, the Special Interest Groups and members.

The efforts of the PHAA are enhanced by our vision for a healthy Australia and by engaging with like-minded stakeholders in order to build coalitions of interest that influence public opinion, the media, political parties and governments.

Position Overview

PHAA is seeking a suitably qualified person to work full-time (37.5-hour week) in our National Office in Canberra. The Policy and Advocacy Advisor will be responsible for working closely with the existing Policy and Advocacy Advisor to guide and influence the strategic direction of policy and communication activities with a particular focus on advancing a broad spectrum of public health policy and advocacy activities and issues for the organisation. This will include developing submissions, engaging and building relationships with government, key stakeholders and our members while working closely with the Communications Manager to assist in coordinating communication material.

The person in this position works very closely with the Communications Manager and the other PHAA Policy and Advocacy Advisor.

The position will attract a remuneration package of approx. $100,000 per annum including 9.5% Superannuation. In addition, as a HPC Employer the PHAA can provide some salary sacrificing package benefits.


This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Coordinate and develop submissions, policy position statements and other advocacy materials to promote PHAA and share policy objectives amongst members and stakeholders.
  • Support the ongoing research, policy and advocacy work the PHAA is undertaking at National and International level including the annual review of PHAA policy position statements.
  • Provide leadership working with the CEO and other staff members to build relationships with MPs, political parties, government and bureaucracy for advocacy and policy development.
  • Provide material, ideas and support to communications manager for use on media and communications materials
  • Work with the CEO and Events team, liaise and coordinate with partner organisations to contribute to thinking related to key topical themes and topics with organising committees of PHAA run conferences as required.
  • Engage with PHAA staff to ensure synergies between the policy agenda and activities and the organisations’ Strategic Plan

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Relevant tertiary qualification(s) and minimum 5 years’ experience in public health and/or public policy roles
  • High-level policy development skills including strategic, conceptual, analytical and creative skills, with the ability to understand and make sound judgments about the political, social and organisational environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and accurately, prioritising work flow to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work closely with others, to provide leadership, to support other members of the National Office team and to foster skill development in other staff.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including the demonstrated ability to work effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders including volunteer committees, Policy Advisors, government, non-government, community and private sectors and consultants, as well as managing a small team.
  • An in-depth understanding of prevention and public health particularly in relation to the Australian political context.
  • Demonstrated high-level written communication skills, particularly in relation to the development of policy papers and submissions.
  • Demonstrated high level oral communication, negotiation and liaison skills and the capacity to work effectively with diverse stakeholders to achieve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work within a small team environment to ensure the achievement of key organisational outcomes.
  • An understanding of and commitment to the organisation’s principles and goals.


The performance of the Policy and Advocacy Advisor will be measured against an agreed range of Key Performance Indicators as discussed with the CEO and Operations and Finance Manager.

Type of Employment

This is a Full-time with final details such as contract duration to be determined with the successful applicant. Our expectation is that this will be an ongoing role, subject to future funding circumstances.

PHAA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, we welcome and actively encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other diverse groups.

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