First listed on: 02 August 2022

 Senior Policy Officer

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The Opportunity

The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) is offering an opportunity to join a leadership organisation; in a position where you will work in an inspiring and positive environment to provide sector support, resources and training that will contribute to better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.

Position Overview

As the Senior Policy Officer, you will support the organisation in the provision of high-quality policy advice on complex and high-profile health policy areas in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health (ATSICCHO) Sector in Queensland.

Key Responsibilities

In this role, you will be required to:

  • Advocate for the Sector by supporting the development of health policy and initiatives in line with the strategic direction of QAIHC;
  • provide advice, analysis and options on a range of health policy matters;
  • prepare and present detailed, comprehensive reports based on evidence that provides solutions to address the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland;
  • build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders and senior staff 
  • contribute to innovation; assisting QAIHC to deliver on key policies and initiatives; and
  • proactively identify current and emerging programme related issues.

What we are looking for

We will assess your merit for this role by looking at what you’ve done previously – the leadership, knowledge, skills and experience you’ve built and your personal qualities. We’ll consider how well you can: 

  • understand and respond to health policy development
  • draw on a range of information sources to identify new ways of doing things
  • actively influence and promote ideas
  • manage stakeholders and relationships
  • understand the job context and environment.


  • Qualification and/or experience in Public health and policy development knowledge.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the ATSICCHOs and the issues facing them.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their leaders, respecting traditional culture, values and ways of doing business.
  • Ability to provide advocate, provide advice and analysis of relevant state and federal government decision making process and policy positions.
  • Demonstrated exceptional relationship skills and an ability to engage with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills including highly developed influential writing skills. 

Additional information

  • A probationary period of six (6) months will apply to appointees.
  • Referee checking will be undertaken and other pre-employment checks may occur prior to any offer of employment. 
  • Criminal history checks will be undertaken on the preferred applicant(s). A criminal conviction or charge will not automatically exclude an applicant from consideration for appointment.  If information is received that may exclude you from further consideration, you will be given an opportunity to respond and your response will be taken into account in the evaluation process.
  • The recommended applicant will be required to disclose any serious disciplinary action taken against them.
  • Applications will remain current for a period of 12 months after the closing date for receipt of applications for the original vacancy.
  • Successful candidate must be at least double vaccinated against COVID-19 before commencing employment at QAIHC.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are highly encouraged to apply!

Interested in applying?

Roles at QAIHC are based on merit.  To enable us to assess your merit, you should apply via email at

  • Include your current resume, including the name and contact details of two (2) referees with a thorough knowledge of your conduct and performance over the last two (2) years
  • Provide a short statement (of no more than two (2) pages) demonstrating how you fit ‘What we are looking for’ (including how you meet the Key Responsibilities and Selection Criteria) in this role and outlining what your motivation is to join us.

Applications are required by Midnight AEST on Tuesday 23 August 2022.

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