Policy Officer -Redfern

Policy Officer

Full-time, temporary role (12-months) -Redfern 

NSW CAPO and Closing the Gap

The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NSW CAPO) is a coalition of peak Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in NSW. NSW CAPO provides a strong, coordinated, and united voice to address Aboriginal rights, which include, but are not limited to, health, education, housing, employment, legal equality, culture and heritage, child and family supports, disability, social justice, LGBTQI+, economic development and promoting respect for human rights. NSW CAPO, through the National Coalition of Aboriginal Peaks, has signed the National Agreement on Closing the Gap (https://coalitionofpeaks.org.au/) and is working in partnership with the NSW Government to develop a NSW Jurisdictional Plan.

As a part of the partnership arrangements between NSW CAPO and the NSW Government, the NSW Government has provided grant funding to NSW CAPO organisations to support Closing the Gap work, including employment of Closing the Gap staff.

About The ALS

The ALS aims to provide culturally appropriate information and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.

The ALS is committed to achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community. The ALS remains committed to being community focussed; being fearless in our advocacy; accountable and ethical and aiming to make a difference to create better futures; while also acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal traditional values and cultural practices.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. 

About the role

The primary responsibility of the Policy Officer provides advice and support to NSW CAPO relating to Closing the Gap policy and research matters. The primary responsibilities of this position is to provide detailed and informed policy advice to the CEO and the Coordinator, CAPO Closing the Gap on a range of complex policy issues including policy analysis and advice in the development of the NSW Jurisdictional Plan, developing CAPO Closing the Gap policy positions, promoting CAPO’s Closing the Gap policy positions to key stakeholders, preparing quality reports, submissions, briefing papers and correspondence.

  • Developing timely advice, detailed briefings, resource materials, reports, correspondence and submissions on a range of complex Closing the Gap policy issues.
  • Undertaking research and policy development processes to influence CAPO’s Closing the Gap policy agenda.
  • Communicating with other CAPO organisations regarding key Closing the Gap policy issues.
  • Coordinating with Policy Officers based in CAPO organisations to ensure consistency in approaches to policy advice, while also supporting the specific policy needs of CAPO organisations relating to Closing the Gap;
  • Developing and maintaining appropriate planning strategies for the effective oversight of policy development and review processes.
  • Representing the CAPO Closing the Gap Secretariat in meetings with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive understanding of issues affecting Aboriginal peoples in NSW.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and awareness of the cultural practices, values and issues that affect Aboriginal people in today's society.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community-controlled sector
  • Demonstrated commitment and capacity to promote the rights interests and aspirations of Aboriginal people.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy analysis, policy development and project management.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated political awareness and astuteness.
  • Demonstrated research, analytical and information management skills including the ability to use these to formulate, interpret, analyse, implement and evaluate policy and program initiatives.
  • Well developed oral and written communication skills including a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across NSWALC business units and the land rights network.
  • Understanding and commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Equal Employment Opportunity practices.
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes.

How to apply

To download the application package for this role please click here

Please submit your application to Human Resources at  [email protected].

Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.

Applications for this position close at 5 pm on 24 May 2021. 

Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to apply


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