Policy Officer

Organisation : Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA)

Location : Perth (HIghgate)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Policy & Research

Sector : Community Support Services, Consulting, Indigenous

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $75,441.90 - $83,207.97 per annum + superannuation + salary sacrifice

Application closing date : 12 Apr, 2020

About the role

The Policy Officer will report to and be directly accountable to the Policy and Strategy Manager, providing support in relation to national, state and local level policies that will impact the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities across Western Australia.

This position will work closely with all AHCWA Work Units, AHCWA’s 23 Member Services; Regional Health Planning Forums; and other key stakeholders providing timely input and advice across national, state, and local policy agendas.

To view the full Position Description and Selection Criteria, click here or visit

About You

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, including community development, social science, public health, public policy etc., and/or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience;
  • Considerable skills and experience in the formulation, analysis and evaluation of policy;
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to prepare high-quality written materials including submissions, position papers, briefing notes, reports and correspondence;
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including negotiation and consultation skills and the ability to proactively establish and sustain effective stakeholder relationships;
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines;
  • High level of initiative with the ability to be proactive and work autonomously as and when required;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute ideas and demonstrate initiative and flexibility;
  • Strong computer skills with advanced Microsoft Office skills in Outlook, Work, Excel and PowerPoint; and
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Ideally, in addition to the above, the successful candidate would also meet the following criteria:

  • The person is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and is acknowledged as such by their community;
  • A sound understanding of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector and relevant health policies; and
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and credibly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to ensure that their views are incorporated into health service planning, development and implementation.

The position involves working with a multicultural organisation where the majority of staff, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA “C” Class Driver’s Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) prior to appointment.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement. Acceptable evidence includes an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with releva nt visa.

About the Benefits

While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $75,441.90 – $83,207.97 per annum plus superannuation. You’ll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • Flexible work arrangements and a family friendly work environment;
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training;
  • Up to 10 days’ Study Leave per year;
  • 5% Annual Leave loading;
  • Bring Your Dog to Work Day;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Up to 2 days’ Volunteer Leave per year; and
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA)

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for the 23 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) across Western Australia. AHCWA exists to support and act on behalf of its Member ACCHS throughout WA, actively responding to the individual and collective needs of our Members.

AHCWA is governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who represent all regions across Western Australia. AHCWA aims to promote and strengthen the ACCHS’ model of care; a model that is built around the delivery of comprehensive, multidisciplinary, holistic and culturally secure Primary Health Care Services.

AHCWA is a community organisation that focusses on making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities. AHCWA works as a team; to respect and understand social and cultural needs; to network; to provide support; to advocate; to influence policy; to monitor performance; to build work capacity; and to help improve and strengthen the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities.

AHCWA is centrally located on the Beaufort Street café strip, and offers a flexible and family friendly workplace with a wide range of benefits to suit prospective employees.

AHCWA is also home to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides access to a number of training programs and short courses to enhance the capacity of the ACCHS workforce.

To find out more about AHCWA, visit our website at

How to apply for this role

Applications close 5pm, 12 April 2020

All submissions must be received by the nominated closing date. In fairness to all applicants, late applications cannot be considered unless prior consent has been received under restricted circumstances.

For further information about this position please call Lailah Eloche on 08 9227 1631.

As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) AHCWA actively seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employeesAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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


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