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Senior Policy Officer

Organisation : Djirra

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Policy & Research

Sector : Indigenous

Salary type : Annual Package

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 20 years ago (as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria). It is also a place where culture is shared and celebrated.

About the role

Our Policy & Advocacy team is expanding and an additional Senior Policy Officer is required. This position will contribute to the development of innovative solutions, policy and research that ensures policy and advocacy responses and projects are aligned with Djirra’s priorities. The role reports to the Manager, Policy and Advocacy and works closely with the Director, Strategy. The role has a broad range of stakeholder engagement with government (Local, State and Commonwealth), 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.


  • Research and prepare speeches, communications and advocacy material.
  • Research, prepare and review policy reports, submissions and briefings as required for the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Leadership Team.
  • Liaise, negotiate and collaborate across Djirra and with a broad range of stakeholders on the development and coordination of policy responses.
  • Represent Djirra on key stakeholder committees and groups and contribute to relevant committee and governance processes.
  • Work flexibly across Djirra, performing other tasks and contributing 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.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, timelines and priorities in a complex and rapidly changing environment, under limited supervision.
  • High level written and verbal communication skills with proven experience in the preparation of clear policy papers, presentations, reports and concise briefings.


  • Generous salary on offer
  • Ability to salary package expenses (including meals and entertainment)
  • Employee Assistance Program with supportive, confidential counselling for personal and work concerns

How to apply

To find out more about the position (full job description available) and how to apply, refer to our Get Involved page on our website Only applications received via the website will be considered. Applications must include your resume and covering letter and all applicants must answer the questions at the bottom of the application form.

Applications for this position will close as soon as a suitable candidate is sourced, therefore we strongly encourage your application as soon as possible. We also strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

If you would like to know more about the role or about the work we do, please call Teresa Kyprianou, Human Resources Advisor on 9244 3333.


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

Profession: #Policy_and_Research
Sector: #Indigenous


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