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Director Policy and Advocacy

Tandem Inc
  • Time fraction: 0.8 FTE
  • Salary Range $114,830 - $120,000 1.0 FTE
  • Start Date: July 2022
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Reports to: CEO
  • Location: Tandem Office, Abbotsford


  • Join our supportive and friendly team and be part of an incredible time of growth, change, and impact
  • Generous not for profit salary packaging available
  • 9 day fortnight option
  • Hybrid working arrangement is currently in place 3 days in office/2 days flexible (subject to change)
  • Portable long service leave
  • Meals and Entertainment card
  • An Employee Assistance Program to support employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexibility and consideration for employees with caring responsibilities

Tandem is an organisation growing in size and influence. If you are passionate about families in the mental health reform agenda and keen to work with like-minded people, then join us!


As The Manager – Policy and Advocacy you will lead the development of policy positions, submissions briefings and advocacy campaigns.

You will also work with the CEO to develop and operationalising strategic partnerships to promote social outcomes for families, carers and supporters of people with mental health challenges. Specifically, they will develop and operationalise stakeholder engagement plans to support and collaborate with government, services, and stakeholders including other peak agencies in Victoria, nationally and internationally.

Who we are:

Tandem was established in 1994 and is proud to be the trusted voice of family and friends in mental health in Victoria.

As the Victorian peak body with a sole focus on the needs and interests of mental health carers, Tandem’s role is to provide leadership, coordination and knowledge for the organisations and individuals who are working to improve outcomes for Victorian people living with mental health issues, their family, and friends.

Tandem is committed to ensuring that the importance of the contribution, expertise, experiences and needs of family, friends and supporters/carers is recognised and addressed, and that they will be essential partners in recovery, service governance and delivery, planning, research, and evaluation.

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System:

The Victorian Government initiated a Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System in February 2019 with the aim of reporting on how Victoria’s mental health system can “most effectively prevent mental illness, and deliver treatment, care and support so that those in the Victorian community can experience their best mental health, now and into the future”. The 3195-page final report was published on 2 March 2021. The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all 65 recommendations made in the report.

The final report of the Royal Commission recognised ‘the centrality of lived experience to the planning and delivery of mental health treatment, care and support services’ (p 19). Lived Experience refers to the experience of seeking help directly for mental health challenges or being a family member by birth or choice, friend or supporter of someone

For enquiries, please contact Jane Dunne, General Manager Operations on 03 8803 5555 or jane.dunne@tandemcarers.org.au using the subject line: Director Policy and Advocacy enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached. Please include a Cover Letter with your application.

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