ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Senior Policy Advisor - ACT Council of Social Service

ACT Council of Social Service
  • Are you passionate about social policy and achieving social justice for vulnerable Canberrans?
  • Do you have experience applying your strong research and communication skills in an advocacy setting?
  • Permanent, Part-time (30.4 hours)
  • Annual salary $68,694-$75,045 ($85,868-$93,806 full-time equivalent) plus 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).

The opportunity

This position is ideal for someone with experience in and a passion for policy analysis and advocacy that will improve the lives of people living on low-incomes or experiencing disadvantage.

This position will support the work of the policy team in line with the ACTCOSS Strategic Plan. The position gives the successful candidate a broad and engaging workload, working in a small but dedicated staff team of 15 people. ACTCOSS interacts with diverse communities, allowing you to meet and connect with people from different backgrounds and circumstances.

The Policy Advisor position involves a variety of duties associated with research, policy analysis and development, advocacy and stakeholder engagement. The position will be part of a broader policy team but will be responsible for work on energy, climate and cost of living. Depending on skills, the Advisor will also provide research and data support to the rest of the ACTCOSS team.

The role requires strong research and communication skills. It involves sourcing, synthesising and analysing relevant literature, data and other material to develop policy advice on diverse topics. The role involves writing reports, submissions, briefs, letters and other publications. The Advisor also contributes 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 facilitating and attending meetings and committees. The Advisor will also liaise with community representatives and government officials as needed.

This role will report to the Head of Policy as part of the Policy Team.

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

ACTCOSS makes every effort to provide a flexible work environment, allowing substantial employee control of their working hours, among other benefits.


ACTCOSS has above-award pay and conditions as part of the ACT Community Sector Multiple Enterprise Agreement (MEA). The position will be classified at SCHADS level 5.1 or 6.1, plus 10% superannuation in addition to the base salary.  Classification will be dependent on skills, experience and expertise of the successful applicant.

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

To apply

Applications need to include a current CV and a covering letter which addresses all the essential selection criteria. If you have additional skills or qualifications listed as ‘highly regarded’, please respond to these as well. Please email applications to [email protected].

Please phone 02 6202 7200, email [email protected] or visit for more information, or a copy of the position description and selection criteria (also available on this page).

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

Applications close: 
Sunday 19 June 2022 - 11:59pm

Please phone 02 6202 7200, email [email protected] or visit for more information, or a copy of the position description and selection criteria (also available on this page).

First posted: 
Friday 3 June 2022