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Organisation : Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes

Location : Melbourne (Parkville)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Health – General

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $94,129 to $101,895

Application closing date : 8 Jun, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes

Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes

Founded in 1993, the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) is the peak body representing medical research institutes across Australia. Our mission is to achieve positive policy outcomes for our member institutes—and Australian health and medical research more broadly—by undertaking advocacy activities, informing and influencing government policy, building networks, and representing member institutes in areas of shared concern. AAMRI plays a pivotal role in representing the interests of medical research organisations to Federal Parliamentarians and Government agencies. Further information on AAMRI’s role and activities is available here.

AAMRI has 58 member institutes, ranging in size from 20 to 1,000 staff and students, and collectively representing over 20,000 staff and students and an annual research budget of $1 billion. Our members are internationally recognised leaders in health and medical research, undertaking a broad spectrum of research, from fundamental biomedical discovery through to translational and clinical research. Together, our members address practically every aspect of human health and disease. Our members are predominantly independent charities, but they also include university-based medical research institutes and hospital-based medical research institutes.

AAMRI is overseen by a President and Board, all engaged on a voluntary basis and drawn from our member organisations. Our office is based at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and includes an Executive Director, Communications and Marketing Manager, an Events and Administration Coordinator. In addition to this AAMRI has managers of state branches in Victoria and Western Australia. AAMRI is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and is registered with the ACNC.

Working at AAMRI

While we might be a small team, we are passionate about making a big difference. We are dedicated to delivering for our members, but we make sure we have a lot of fun along the way. We have a vibrant, inclusive, diverse, and enjoyable workplace culture and welcome applications from anybody who would like to help support and build the medical research institute community.

About the role

The position

The Policy Officer contributes to government and stakeholder relations, medical research policy and strategy, and the design and management of strategic AAMRI projects. This dynamic role is perfect for a passionate and resourceful person looking to apply their diverse skills to make a real contribution to a small but influential organisation.

Applications are strongly encouraged from those working in medical research who are interested in pursuing a career in policy development, government relations, and project management.

Position responsibilities:

Government and stakeholder relations

  • Represent AAMRI at government and sector meetings
  • Prepare submissions to government consultations and briefing notes
  • Build strong relationships with parliamentarians, government agencies and other stakeholders

Member services

  • Advise members on policy and legislative changes affecting medical research
  • Liaise with members to incorporate their feedback into policy documents and submissions
  • Represent members on committees and in areas of shared concern
  • Connect members through networks and act as a conduit for external stakeholders

Medical research policy and strategy

  • Identify issues affecting the sector, undertake analysis to understand their impact, and develop potential responses
  • Provide policy and advocacy advice to the Executive Director, the President and the Board
  • Collect and analyse information on the medical research sector, and prepare reports, policy documents and fact sheets

Project management and delivery

  • Project manage the AAMRI member survey, analyse data, and produce sector reports
  • Devise and undertake projects of strategic interest to AAMRI

Reporting and liaison

The Policy Officer reports to and works closely with the Executive Director.

Selection criteria


  • A tertiary qualification is essential, with a PhD and experience in the medical research sector preferred
  • Strong analytical skills, including developing and analysing large data sets
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write for different audiences
  • A strong interest or experience in policy analysis
  • A strong interest or experience in government relations
  • Experience with stakeholder management, including engagement with senior members of the sector
  • A strong commitment to a positive workplace environment with a culture of diversity, inclusiveness and equity.


  • Experience working within a small-team and with limited supervision
  • Policy experience is desirable but not essential

Further information

For further information or an informal discussion about the role please contact Peter Thomas on or 0411 600 992

How to apply

Position Description : 220506_AAMRI_Policy & Project Officer

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


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

Profession: #Advocacy, #Policy_and_Research, #Project_Management
Sector: #Health_–_General


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