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Senior Policy and Policy Officers

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

The VACCHO Policy and Research Unit are looking for a committed and passionate Senior Policy and Policy Officers working in a range of portfolios, the roles will focus on areas including aged care, early childhood, mental health, family violence, justice health, disability and economic reform.

Key responsibilities

  • Undertake Advocacy on behalf of VACCHO’s goals, strategies and priorities with government, civil society organisations and partner organisations.
  • This will require the building and maintenance of positive relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Interpret policy frameworks and provide authoritative and strategic advice to VACCHO and key stakeholders and members.
  • Assist with implementation of VACCHO’s Strategic Plan, Operational Plan and Communications Strategy.
  • Contribution to the development of briefings, position papers, media releases, speeches and reports to support the work of VACCHO.
  • Provision of reports to the VACCHO Members and to the funding bodies as required.
  • Participate in and support interactive and consultative processes with appropriate government and non-government agencies.
  • Participate in the life of VACCHO – including:
  • Regular attendance and participation at team and unit meetings, staff and other meetings.
  • Advocacy on behalf of VACCHO’s goals, strategies and priorities with government, civil society organisations, partner organizations.
  • Undertake other duties which are appropriate to the level of the position, as directed by the Executive Manager and Executive Director to meet unit objectives.
  • Identify and undertake training and/or professional development activities which will enhance capacity to function effectively in the role.

Key Selection Criteria


  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to Victorian Aboriginal health, Aboriginal culture, and the philosophy and practice of Aboriginal Community Control.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal organisations, communities, mainstream primary health care providers and health organisations and individuals in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Knowledge and understanding of, or the ability to acquire knowledge of the issues affecting the health of Aboriginal communities in Victoria.
  • Proven project management experience using highly participative and collaborative consultation skills.
  • Proven experience in advocacy and influencing systematic change.
  • High level research and critical analysis skills of policy and legislative frameworks to develop recommendations, policy positions, submissions, reports and correspondence in a clear and effective manner.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and as an effective team.
  • A flexible approach, with strong organisational and planning skills, including the ability to effectively manage time and workload, prioritise tasks, and meet changing circumstances, competing demands, interruptions and deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively manage a diverse range of stakeholder views and expectations.
  • Well-developed Word Excel and Outlook skills


  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Tertiary qualifications in law, social and/or public policy
  • Minimum 2 -3 years’ experience working in a social/public policy environment in a similar role.

Compliance with VACCHO Standards

  • VACCHO is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait to apply for all positions advertised (Equal Opportunity Act 2010)
  • Everyone is welcome at VACCHO and candidates regardless of age, cultural background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation are encouraged to apply.
  • VACCHO requires all employees to comply with all work health and safety rules, regulations and relevant Codes of Practice (Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004)
  • VACCHO requires employees to participate in and promote our quality control, risk management, safety and compliance systems. This includes participating in the development and application of VACCHO’s policies and procedures, as well as the identification, reporting and management of risks.
  • VACCHO requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct, including commitment to confidentiality and conflict of interest declarations

Other employment Related Information

  • A National Police Records Check is required as a condition of employment.
  • A current Working with Children Check is required
  • A Victorian Drivers Licence is required. The position will require travel throughout the state of Victoria and occasional interstate travel.
  • VACCHO is a Smoke-Free workplace

About Us

We are a centre of expertise, policy advice, training, innovation and leadership in Aboriginal health and wellbeing.

Visit us here for more info: https://www.vaccho.org.au/.

About Salary Packaging

As a Public Benevolent Institute (PBI), we are able to offer generous tax concessions to our staff. For further information, please click here.

VACCHO is committed to welcoming and embracing the diversity of cultures, identities, gender, sex, and sexually diverse identities and expressions, experiences, beliefs, and values of all people.

We believe in the right for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity at all times, and that all people who work for, govern or undertake work at or visit us should at all times feel safe and included.

A position description is attached.

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