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Organisation : Djirra

Location : Melbourne (Abbotsford)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Indigenous, Women

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 15 Apr, 2021

About the role

  • Permanent, full time position
  • Inner city location (combination of working from home and the office during COVID-19)

We are committed to ending family violence against Aboriginal women and their children through holistic and culturally safe specialist services, prevention programs and advocacy for change. Our services have state-wide reach.

The Senior Policy Officer will contribute to the development of innovative, solutions policy and research that ensures policy responses and projects are aligned with Djirra’s priorities.

The role works closely with the Director, Policy and Engagement and Director, Services and Innovation and has a broad range of range of stakeholder engagement with government (State, Commonwealth and Federal), the Aboriginal community and various funding agencies.

The Senior Policy Officer will provide timely and high quality advice on complex and sensitive policy issues and proposals.

Djirra is committed to Child Safety and as part of Djirra’s screening requirements all staff must have (or are able to obtain) a Working With Children’s Check and a National Police Check. In addition, if you lived in a country other than Australia for 12 months or more in the last ten years then the results of an international police check prior to commencement will be required. You must also demonstrate an understanding of children’s safety.


  • Prepare of clear policy papers, presentations, reports and concise briefings.
  • Provide advice and prepare and review reports and briefings as requested by the CEO and Leadership team.
  • Manage multiple tasks, timelines and priorities under limited supervision.
  • Liaise, negotiate and collaborate across Djirra and with a broad range of stakeholders on the development of policy responses.
  • Flexibility to be able to work across Djirra and performing other tasks and contirbuting to other projects as required


  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal community, particularly in relation to the impact of family violence on Aboriginal women.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Aboriginal community.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of policy and policy responses that affect Aboriginal women and children.
  • Experience in policy development and the ability to research, review, formulate and implement policy.
  • Good understanding of current issues
  • Prepare project briefs, reports, service plans and policy options and recommendations on complex issues
  • Build effective relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to confidently argue complex concepts negotiating with tact and diplomacy on difficult issues.


  • Generous salary packaging options available
  • Extra days off between Christmas and New Year
  • Employee Assistance Program with supportive, confidential counselling for personal and work concerns

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Djirra

Djirra supports Aboriginal women's journey to safety and wellbeing and provides legal and practical support to Aboriginal people experiencing family violence. Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation with a rich history, established over 15 years ago (as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria). It is also a place where culture is shared and celebrated.

Djirra’s vision is to provide high quality culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal women in Victoria who have experienced or are experiencing family violence.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

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


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