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Accessibility Officer

Organisation : Environmental Film Festival Australia

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 4-8 hours per week

Duration of project : 6 months

Skill area : Administration & Office Support, Events

Sector : Arts & Culture

Posted on : 12 Aug, 2020

About the role

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land across Victoria and Australia.  We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.  We live, work and play on stolen lands for which sovereignty has never been ceded.

Always has been, always will be Aboriginal land.


Dates                        September 2020 – February 2021 (with potential to extend)

Hours                       Approximately 4 – 8 hours a week, increasing during the Festival and other peak periods. Hours will vary to fit around your other commitments

Remuneration      None – Volunteer role, any relevant expenses covered

Location                 Remote working, with regular Zoom meetings

Reports to              Operations Manager

About the role

EFFA is setting up its first Accessibility, Inclusions & Diversity Team, to ensure the festival is representative, inclusive and doing things right. The aim of the team is to develop a long-term strategy, alongside processes and procedures to increase our capacity around providing inclusion and access for the festival, as well as to work with the programming teams to develop engaging, inclusive and representative content.


The Accessibility Officer will work to develop and implement this strategy, by collaborating closely with the Programming team to ensure film and arts content is both appropriate and accessible to audience members. You will work with the Operations team and our external venues to ensure that festival spaces are accessible to audience members.


You will be the expert for EFFA and will be listened to, giving you scope to really impact on and form the festival for the future. This a newly created position and team, and as such there will be significant scope for the successful applicant to develop the role.

This is a voluntary position, running from September 2020 to late February 2021 with the possibility of extension. The average time commitment is approximately 4 – 8 hours per week, with more time required closer to the festival. Hours will vary and are flexible to suit around your other commitments. You will be predominantly working remotely, with regular meetings throughout the year.

Please note: While we envision this being an ongoing role of both developing and implementing a long term plan, we do welcome applications from those who wish to undertake a more consultative role of developing the plan and strategy as a standalone project.

Key responsibilities

  • Work with the Operations team to develop a Disability and Accessibility Action Plan
  • Support the Director in ensuring that EFFA is representative and inclusive of all voices – both internally and within festival content
  • Work closely with access and inclusion partners, organisations and companies to increase participation in and access to EFFA for guests and audience members
  • Coordinate access requirements (for example, booking Auslan Interpreters, subtitling of films) for EFFA events
  • Identify and contribute to the creation of relevant grants and acquittals
  • Provide support and expertise on access requirements to EFFA’s staff, volunteers and third-party venues
  • Work with the Impact team to collect data and provide reports regarding outcomes related to the implementation of EFFA’s Disability Action Plan
  • Work with the Marketing team to develop strategies for promoting EFFA’s accessibility and inclusivity initiative

About us

The Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) is an entirely volunteer-run organisation, operating in Melbourne since 2010.

EFFA is more than just a film festival – it’s a catalyst for positive and sustainable change. We inform, inspire, entertain and educate audiences of all ages, sharing films from around the world. Our key mission is to showcase great cinema and art that champions the people, organisations and projects protecting our environment, celebrates nature, flora, fauna and wildlife, and illustrates the unprecedented global threats our world faces, such as climate change, food sustainability, habitat loss and pollution.

Our annual festival includes screenings, art exhibitions, panel discussions, parties and special events. We also run smaller events throughout the year, including digitally. Visit to find out more.

Benefits of volunteering

EFFA has a passionate, values-driven and diverse team who were attracted to the festival for a multitude of reasons: from bringing unique perspectives to the big screen to harnessing their unique skill sets to enact social change. EFFA provides an opportunity to gain experience in a leading arts festival and to help contribute to a better world.  By being part of EFFA, you’ll:

  • Inspire audiences of all ages to make positive and sustainable change, as we tackle the biggest challenges the world has ever faced
  • Work with and promote the world’s best environmental filmmakers and artists, while being part of one of Australia’s most notable sustainability events
  • Enjoy complimentary access to EFFA screenings and events

About you

The successful candidate for this position will be someone who is compassionate and has a can-do attitude.

You will relish the opportunity to establish and implement EFFA’s policies around inclusion and accessibility for our next festival and love developing processes and procedures to make things work.

Inspired to change the festival landscape, you’re someone who is innovative, well-organised and passionate about issues of inclusion, audience and artist participation. 

Working within a small, dynamic team, you will liaise across different departments to ensure policy is communicated and implemented festival wide. As the expert in your area, you’ll be our trusted advisor and will thrive in a situation where you can truly make a difference. And for those times where you don’t know the answer, you’ll be proactive in finding connections and the right people to ask.

Part of the role will include reviewing content and advising teams on how to ensure our programme is diverse, representative and equal. You’ll be guiding us to make change – and chances are you’ve already noted at least 10 things in this job description that you’d recommend changes for.

Key selection criteria


  • Lived experience with a disability or deafness
  • Relevant experience within an arts, film, festival, events, environmental, community development, not for profit, events, Governmental, and/or Educational environment
  • Passion, dedication and knowledge in achieving inclusion
  • Experience in logistics and stakeholder management
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects and stakeholders simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proven capacity for self-motivation and an ability to work independently
  • A current Working With Children Check, or willingness to acquire one (at EFFA’s expense)


  • Experience in Events Management and/or Festivals
  • An interest in contemporary environmental issues at a local, national and international level
  • A passion for film, particularly documentaries, shorts and issues-based cinema
  • High-level research skills and a good working knowledge of Google Suite (Gmail, Sheets and Docs), Slack, Zoom and Basecamp, or similar, or ability to learn

How to apply

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the Key Selection Criteria outlined above and why you would like to volunteer for EFFA to Operations Manager Freyja Gillard at

Applications are due by Midnight on Wednesday 16 September and will be assessed as they are received so please apply as soon as possible.

We welcome applications from people of all abilities, cultures and backgrounds.. We encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples to apply. Applicants with disability or who are deaf are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates’ access requirements will be met during the interview process and in an ongoing capacity to ensure success in the role. 


About the organisation

Organisation name : Environmental Film Festival Australia
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply

For details concerning this role , please contact

Freyja Gillard

Email :

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


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