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Policy Officer

Brotherhood of St Laurence - Brunswick, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training
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Are you a policy wonk who focuses on early childhood education in First Nations communities? Are you the person who brings everyone together- a true social connector? Can you write both academically and for diverse audiences? Do you thrive in a highly collaborative environment? If so, you're the human we're looking for.


Working under the direction of the study's lead Research Fellow in the Youth Opportunity team, the incumbent will play an important role in helping shape both the policy considerations to be examined during the HIPPY in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities study, and the next steps in policy creation as the study concludes and findings are analysed.

The role will work closely with the two study lead researchers to incorporate into the study key policy needs in early childhood education (ECE) in Australia, particularly, issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The incumbent will need to hit the ground running and deliver a state of play which assesses the current policy gaps and issues that provide context for the study.

This implementation study will explore the mechanisms and conditions in how HIPPY operates in First Nations communities. Part of this will include examining the home learning environment and the parent-child relationship. The study is being co-designed with participating communities, a project steering group, and a reference group so the ability to be highly collaborative and nimble are key.

The primary responsibilities of the role include:

  • conducting a literature review “state of play” to shape the study
  • authoring a report for government detailing the state-of-play of Australian early childhood education (ECE) in First Nations communities and Australia more broadly
  • analysing policy impacts of the study findings alongside the study leads
  • building, or expanding an existing policy making network to amplify the findings of our study
  • organising and co-facilitating a policy roundtable to discuss the study's implications and next steps
  • representing RPC internally by attending Children's Programs Policy Lab meetings at BSL
The role is fixed term, part time with the incumbent being expected to work three days a week until December 2022. The incumbent will primarily be working remotely (provided with a BSL laptop and phone) with some in-office days required as needed.

Salary will be in the range of $85,264.31 to $89,124.91 - pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.


Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

We seek someone who is passionate about early childhood education, has strong interpersonal and communications skills, and possesses expertise of educational policy issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It is highly desired the incumbent has experience organising roundtables and forming policy networks. People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program

BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no 'one size fits all' pattern of work-life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.

If this looks like a role that's right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Lisa Conley, Principal Investigator at 0491 050 771 with questions.

Please review the Position Description and address the Key Selection Criteria.

Applications close: Wednesday 5th May at 11:55pm

We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect. We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics. Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

Advertised: 27 Apr 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 05 May 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brunswick, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training


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