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Organisation : Amaze

Location : Melbourne (Carlton )

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Community Support Services

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 19 Jul, 2019

About the role

  • Peak body for autistic people and their families in Victoria
  • Contribute to shaping the public policy agenda for autism in Victoria and Nationally.
  • 0.8 FTE – including generous salary packaging options

The Program:

Amaze’s Policy and Advocacy team is responsible for the delivery of activities to achieve Outcome 2 of Amaze’s Strategic Plan (2018-21).  This includes identification of key public policy issues relating to autism and development of policy positions, submissions and influencing campaigns to address these issues – this currently includes assessment and diagnosis, education, employment, NDIS, mental health and autism and autistic women and girls.

The Role:

This position is responsible for supporting the Policy and Advocacy functions of Amaze. This work will include (but is not limited to): research, community engagement, production and updating of high quality, evidence based policy materials including election manifesto, position statements, submissions, correspondence and briefings.

The role will engage with stakeholders (government, autism sector and wider community), NGOs and other organisations with similar interest in Amaze’s policy priorities to prosecute and support these priorities. Furthermore the role will collaborate with the autism community to build their advocacy capacity and engage and consult with autistic people and their families and carers to ensure policy priorities reflect the needs of those with the lived experience    

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications in law, social and/or public policy.
  • Min 3 years’ experience working in a social/public policy environment in a similar role.
  • High level research and critical analysis skills of policy and legislative frameworks to develop policy positions, submissions, advice to government via correspondence and briefings.
  • Exposure to effective working relationships with government officials, sector representatives, constituents and coalitions.
  • Understanding of the role of advocacy in influencing systemic change.
  • Exceptional written, oral and presentation skills and ability to translate into accessible language


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Amaze

For 50 years, Amaze has provided information and resources to autistic people and their families, the broader autism sector (service providers, researchers, autism organisations) and the wider community.  

Today Amaze supports more than 6,000 Victorians every year as well as advocates to government to influence positive change and builds the skills of the community to create a better world for autistic people and their families.

Amaze is committed to improving employment opportunities for autistic people. We do this through advocating to the broader community and employing autistic people at Amaze. We endeavour to provide support and adjustments through the recruitment process and throughout employment to the specific needs of autistic candidates and employees. Autistic people with the skills and experience outlined in the position description are encouraged to apply.

How to apply for this role

Position Description : PD - Policy Officer July 2019

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Policy Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

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