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Policy and Parliamentary Adviser - Launceston

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson
  • Full-time
  • Launceston
  • $66,745.00 - $77,926.00


The Policy and Parliamentary Advisor works closely with Senator Whish-Wilson on all areas of his policy and parliamentary work. This includes travelling to Canberra during parliamentary sitting weeks; managing parliamentary business, including legislation; meeting with stakeholders; and researching and writing policy briefs. The senator's portfolios include Healthy Oceans, Waste & Recycling, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Small Business and Consumer Affairs. The position is offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act and conditions are outlined in the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Collective Agreement 2016–2019. The salary package is supplemented by an electorate staff allowance in recognition of the long and irregular hours and other special features of this position. Generous employer-sponsored superannuation of 15.4% is also offered.


The position is offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, and employment conditions are outlined in the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Collective Agreement 2016–2019. In addition to your salary, generous employer-sponsored superannuation of 15.4% is offered. 

The position is offered at an Electorate Officer B classification ($66,745.00 - $77,926.00 per annum) with an additional Electorate Staff Allowance of $16,121.00 per annum for a total per annum salary range of $82,866.00 - $94,047.00.


  1. Research and written communication skills.
  2. Understanding of the Australian political system and topical political issues.
  3. Capacity to comprehend complex issues, think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances, and demonstrated political judgment.
  4. Confidence, motivation and initiative to drive strategic policy, political advice and research work in the office.
  5. Ability to deliver work to deadlines in a timely and calm manner.
  6. Ability to work as part of a team and with minimal supervision.
  7. Experience dealing with legislation and/or the parliamentary program.
  8. Relevant tertiary qualifications and experience with preference for relevance to portfolio areas (e.g., marine science, waste management, agriculture, etc.)
  9. Computer skills in word processing, database packages and email.
  10. Understanding of and commitment to the Australian Greens’ principles and policies.

Please note, all employees are expected to sign a confidentiality and code of conduct agreement prior to the commencement of their employment. A probationary period of 3 months, with the option of extending by a maximum of two months, will apply. 

The Australian Greens, as an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, actively encourage applications from any interested and qualified parties - we don’t discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability – and welcome people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for all our roles. We recognise the richness and value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to workplaces, policy development and service delivery.

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