Policy Officer

Job No: AHCWA1035
Location: Highgate

Location: Highgate
Employment Type: Full-time
Employment Category: Fixed term to 30 June 2020 with the possibility of extension
Remuneration: $75,441.89 - $83,207.97 per annum pro rata + superannuation + salary sacrifice

About the Organisation

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA) is the peak body for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Western Australia. We exist to support and act on behalf of our 23 Member ACCHSs throughout WA, actively responding to the individual and collective needs of our Members.

Governed by an Aboriginal Board of Directors who represent all regions in Western Australia, AHCWA aims to promote and strengthen the ACCHSs’ model of care; a model that is built around the delivery of comprehensive, holistic, and culturally secure primary health care services.

AHCWA is a community organisation that focusses on making a difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. We work together as a team; to respect and understand the social and cultural needs; to network; to provide support; to advocate; to influence policy; to monitor performance; and to build work capacity to help improve and strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities.

AHCWA is centrally located on the bustling and vibrant Beaufort Street café strip, and offers a flexible and family friendly workplace with a wide range of benefits to suit prospective employees. 

AHCWA is also home to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides access to a number of training programs and short courses to enhance the capacity of the ACCHS workforce.

To find out more about AHCWA, visit our website at www.ahcwa.org.au

About the Opportunity

The Policy Officer will report to and be directly accountable to the Policy and Strategy Manager, providing support in relation to National and State level policies that will have an effect and impact on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

This position will work closely with all AHCWA Business Units, AHCWA’s Aboriginal Community Controlled Health services; Regional Health Planning Forums; and Key Stakeholders providing timely input and advice across National and State policy agendas.

To view the full Position Description and Selection Criteria, click here or visit www.ahcwa.org.au/employment

About You

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and/or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
  • Considerable skills and experience in the formulation, analysis and evaluation of policy;
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to prepare high-quality written materials including submissions, position papers, briefing notes, reports and correspondence;
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including negotiation and consultation skills and the ability to proactively establish and sustain effective stakeholder relationships; and
  • Excellent time management skills, with the ability to manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines.

The position involves working with a multicultural organisation where the majority of staff, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA “C” Class Driver’s Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) prior to appointment, in order to be eligible for the position.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement. Acceptable evidence includes an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with relevant visa.

About the Benefits

While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $75,441.89 - $83,207.97 per annum pro rata plus superannuation. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • Flexible work arrangements and a family friendly work environment
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training
  • Up to 10 days’ Study Leave per year
  • 5% Annual Leave loading
  • Bring Your Dog To Work Day
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Up to 2 days’ Volunteer Leave per year
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives

Please note there is no closing date for this advertisement. Applications will be assessed as received and interviews scheduled accordingly. AHCWA reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement without further notice, therefore we encourage interested candidates to submit their application without delay.

All submissions must be received by the nominated closing date. In fairness to all applicants, late applications cannot be considered unless prior consent has been received under restricted circumstances.

For further information about this position please call Kimberley Biggs, Human Resources Advisor on 08 9227 1631.

As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) AHCWA actively seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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