Senior Policy Adviser

ACTCOSS | Flexible, Full time, Part time
ACT | $ - $ SCHADS award as Level 5 or 6
Applications close: 29 May 2024, 11:55pm
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Job Classifications Policy & Advocacy
Sub-Sector Advocacy
  • Do you have a passion for advocacy?
  • Are you looking to apply your experience in policy analysis to improve the lives of people living on low-incomes or experiencing disadvantage?
  • Are you looking for a friendly and flexible working environment, with above award conditions?
  • The position is classified under the SCHADS award as level 5 or 6, depending on experience and qualifications, with access to annual increments.
  • ACTCOSS pays above award wages at this level according to the ACT Community Sector Multiple Enterprise Agreement, and the full-time wage range is currently $94,922 – $103,768 plus 11% superannuation.


The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) is the peak representative body for the social and community service sector and people living with disadvantage and inequality in the ACT.

ACTCOSS works to ensure that government policy improves the lives of people who face disadvantage and that community service organisations are adequately resourced and supported ACTCOSS is a member of the nationwide COSS network, made up of each state and territory COSS and our national body, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

As the peak body for the community sector in the ACT, ACTCOSS has unparalleled access to decision-makers in Government and in the community sector itself. This role is perfect for someone with the motivation and skills to make a genuine difference in the ACT community.

The opportunity

The Senior Policy Adviser position involves a variety of duties associated with research, policy analysis and development, advocacy and stakeholder engagement.

The role requires strong research and communication skills. It involves providing policy advice on diverse topics by sourcing, synthesising and analysing relevant literature and other materials, as well as engage with community sector stakeholders.

The Senior Policy Adviser will contribute to, or author, reports, submissions, briefs, letters, and other publications. The role may also contribute to the production of ACTCOSS strategic documents, funding reports, grant applications and newsletter/media releases and articles.

The role involves building and sustaining relationships with ACTCOSS members, key partners and other stakeholders and assisting with and attending meetings and committees.

ACTCOSS makes every effort to provide a flexible work environment, allowing substantial employee control of their working hours, among other benefits. Employees of ACTCOSS enjoy above award pay conditions, additional leave benefits, portable long service leave and free on-site parking.

Further details of the specific responsibilities and tasks of the role can be found in the attached Position Description.


ACTCOSS has above-award pay and conditions as part of the ACT Community Sector Multiple Enterprise Agreement (MEA).

The position will be classified under the SCHADS award as Level 5 or 6, dependent on qualifications, skills and experience of the employee.  The annual full-time wage (38hrs) is currently $94,922 – $103,768 plus 11% superannuation.

The successful applicant must have the right to live and work in Australia.

To apply

Applications should include a current CV and a covering letter which addresses the essential selection criteria outlined in the position description. If you have additional skills or qualifications listed as ‘highly regarded’, or you believe are relevant to the role, please include these as well.

Applications are to be emailed to [email protected].

Phone 02 6202 7200 or email [email protected] for more information or to discuss the role. We would love to hear from you.

All enquiries and applications for this position will be treated confidentially, and information collected held in accordance with our ACTCOSS Privacy Policy.

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