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Policy Advisor

Organisation : Brotherhood of St Laurence

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Community Services, Education & Training

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 30 May, 2021

About the role

We’re looking for a professional Policy Advisor with relevant experience who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference on a Permanent Full-Time basis, working 38 hours per week based in Fitzroy.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.

For almost 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society – a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.



Play a key role in the development of employment and employment services policy analysis and development within the Work and Economic Security research team. This means actively engaging in public debate, latest research and service delivery experience in relation to employment services and related issues.

The outputs of the policy work will directly inform BSL’s policy advocacy and influencing efforts at a state and federal level. 

  • Work collaboratively within teams to achieve common goals.
  • Undertake complex independent analysis and reporting on trends in employment and employment services, to provide the evidence and knowledge base that will inform our policy and advocacy agenda.
  • Actively support the overall RPC strategic leadership and management.
  • Contribute to, and/or collaborate on the implementation of dissemination and promotion strategies, including; making presentations, hosting events, authoring and co-authoring peer reviewed and other publications. 


Salary will be in the range of $85,264.31 – $89,124.91 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.



Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for someone who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • A postgraduate social science or policy degree with relevant policy experience or an equivalent combination of relevant tertiary education and policy experience
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills and proven ability to successfully apply them to complex legislative, policy and procedural issues.
  • Demonstrated high level written communication skills including the ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex issues and risks in high level documentation including reports and briefings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team of people to provide consistent, responsive and high quality advice and project support.
  • Highly-developed administration, computer skills and competency in Microsoft Program



  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program



BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.


If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Dina Bowman on 0418 310 551 for a confidential discussion.

To review the Position Description and address the Key Selection Criteria, please click here.

Applications close: Sunday 30th May at 11:55pm


We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Brotherhood of St Laurence

How to apply

Please click on the apply now button for further details.

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


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