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Organisation : People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

Location : Sydney (Sydney)

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Disabilities, Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $91,187.46 per annum (pro rata of $54,712.47 for 0.6FTE) plus salary packaging and superannuation

About the role

The role of Senior Policy Officer is to undertake high-level systemic research, policy analysis, policy development, representation and advice to support PWDA’s cross-organisational Redress Project. The aim of this project is to increase access of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse with disability to the National Redress Scheme. The National Redress Scheme was launched by the Federal Government in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This role will work closely with the Redress Project team to identify and develop systemic policy and practice strategies to address barriers for people with disability who may be eligible to access the scheme. The work will include undertaking research on policy and practice frameworks that can support access to the scheme as well as identifying systemic policy barriers and solutions. Systemic policy advice will be developed through preparing submissions, position papers and contributing to external consultations. This work may extend to analysis of implementation of other recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This is a part-time role of 21 hours per week (0.6FTE). It will be a maximum term contract role until June 2020, with a possibility of extension, dependent of funding. Award Classification is Level 6 under the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award 2010. PWDA pays above Award, and the salary on offer is $91,187.46 per annum (pro rata of $54,712.47 for 0.6FTE) plus salary packaging and superannuation.



  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the human rights and interests of people with disability
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the disability supports, disability service system as well as systemic drivers of exclusion and marginalisation
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Demonstrated high level skills in policy analysis and development, including experience in submission and report writing
  • Demonstrated high level consultation and networking skills
  • Demonstrated high level strategic and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated skills in project management including skills in managing support staff, resources, budgets, reporting and contractual arrangements
  • Excellent capacity to manage timeframes and competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team environment
  • Demonstrated high level skills in seeking project funding
  • Demonstrated experience in cultural competency
  • Computer literacy in a Windows PC environment


  • Personal or family experience of disability
  • Degree in social sciences or related discipline
  • Ability to travel throughout Australia and internationally

Please note that we are also advertising a full-time Senior Policy Officer role. Full details and the Position Descriptions are on the PWDA Employment page at

PWDA is a proud employer of people with disability, and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions. We are an EEO employer and we embrace the diversity of our people, such as diversity in disability, race, cultural background, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or intersex status.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : People with Disability Australia (PWDA)

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a national disability rights organisation. Its membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. PWDA was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. PWDA has a cross disability focus – we represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability. PWDA is a non-profit, non-government organisation. We employ over 40 staff with 30% working in regional areas.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Senior Policy Officer - Part Time via Pro Bono Australia.




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