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Senior Policy Analyst - Flexible Location

United Workers Union

The United Workers Union is seeking highly motivated senior policy analyst that can strategically support and shape the organising and campaigning work of the union. Part time can be considered. The role can be based in any State in Australia.

A day in the life of a senior union policy analyst includes providing high level strategic policy advice to advance the union’s campaign goals; working closely with campaign teams to shape and influence policy outcomes; preparing member-facing campaign materials on key policy issues; analysing industry, economic and public policy developments; identifying influence amongst stakeholders and maintaining stakeholder relationships; investigating leverage points for organising; and writing up findings and advice in engaging and succinct ways. If we could compose the perfect candidate you would have superior analytical and writing skills, strong relationship management skills, and an ability to engage critically and constructively with the world and the people you work with.

Candidates with policy experience in the early childhood education and care sector, aged care sector, or similar will be highly regarded.


United Workers’ Union is a powerful member-led union whose sole purpose is to serve the collective interests of members in workplaces and communities by winning significant and long-lasting gains.

The Union is driving change by growing union membership, developing leadership amongst our members, encouraging active member participation in the union, building and enforcing standards in our sectors, and campaigning both politically and in the community.

As a union with a proudly diverse membership, we are committed to equity and inclusion; and continuing to build a union that is truly representative of the workers we cover. We encourage applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ people and women.


  • Provide high quality evidence-based policy and campaign advice, in the form of reports, briefing papers and publications;
  • Monitor and undertake high level strategic analysis on developments in the care and education sector, including on workforce conditions, skills and training, funding, regulation, migration, social policy, and related issues;
  • Establish and maintain strong and effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Prepare campaign materials and publications for a member audience;
  • Prepare policy submissions for government inquiries and consultation;
  • Map and analyse industry stakeholders and identify opportunities for engagement;
  • Undertake research on industries, companies, and issues by drawing on corporate, industry, financial, economic and policy information and data;
  • Conduct primary research with members to empower their voices in the workplace;
  • Ensure that the Union’s values of equity, diversity and inclusion are upheld and promoted.


To be considered you will have:

  • Demonstrated passion and drive to improve workers’ lives;
  • Strong analytical skills and a university qualification that has taught you how to think critically and strategically;
  • High level verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare engaging and succinct briefs, policy submissions, and member-facing campaign materials;
  • Experience providing policy advice and content targeted to supporting stated campaign goals;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • At least 3-5 years of experience in policy analysis preferably in the care sector;
  • A thorough understanding of the Australian political system, federal public service, and policy processes including the ability to track legislation, senate processes and independent inquiries;
  • Attention to detail and the ability to apply it and work effectively in a rapidly changing environment;
  • An ability to source a wide range of corporate, financial, economic and policy data and synthesise relevant facts and issues;
  • Good knowledge of office information technology applications, especially Excel.


An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant, which will include:

  • Salary commensurate with demonstrated skills and experience
  • 16% superannuation
  • 6 weeks annual leave with 25% leave loading

For further information about the role, please contact [email protected] using the subject line: Senior Policy Analyst - Flexible Location enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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