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Aboriginal Policy Officer - Part Time Fixed Term Contract

Part-time contract


  • Flexible and friendly organisation, hybrid work options available
  • Part time (30 hours per week) – fixed term contract until 30 June 2025
  • Opportunity to make an impact on reducing family violence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • Salary range: SCHADS 6.1-7.1
  • No deadline- please apply as soon as possible

If you can bring a knowledge of family violence, as well as strong relationships and connections to Aboriginal-controlled organisations and workers in the DFV sector, this is an ideal role for you.

This newly created position is an exciting opportunity for a domestic and family violence expert who is passionate about reducing family violence and abuse against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children. It includes working alongside our Senior Aboriginal Policy Officer, to make a difference, with particular work to be done on Closing The Gap Target 13 and Recommendation 13 from the 2019 NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team report.

As well as the satisfaction of working in a job that really matters with a team that really cares, we offer our staff benefits including:

  • Not-for-profit salary packaging to reduce your tax liability and maximise take-home pay.
  • Access regular cultural supervision with an external mentor/supervisor of your choice.
  • Work for purpose as part of a collaborative, hardworking and high performing team.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to choose the days and hours that suit you whether working from home or our bright, open-plan, pet-friendly office just a short walk from Central or Redfern station – talk to us about how we can make this role work for you.
  • Access to Employee Support and Wellbeing Programs, professional development and mentoring


With over 180 members DVNSW is the peak body for specialist domestic and family violence (DFV) services in New South Wales. We work as a collaborative and passionate team to end gendered violence through leadership of the specialist DFV sector and the NSW policy environment. We are responsible for driving systemic change across society and governments, supporting our members through advocacy and capacity building and promoting best practice in early identification, responses, and primary prevention.

An important advocacy priority in the DVNSW 2021-2024 Strategic Plan is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to live safely and free from gendered violence. This position will help us with achieving that.

We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected, and empowered. We live and work by our values we're all about creating better experiences – for our members and for each other. We work hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for all and are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or life stage.


As a newly established role the responsibilities and work plan of the Aboriginal Policy Officer will be flexible with capacity to evolve and respond to issues, demands and feedback from key stakeholders. Role responsibilities are anticipated to include the following:

  • Support the Senior Aboriginal Policy Officer in facilitating the DVNSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s’ Steering committee.
  • Work closely with DVNSW Policy Team to provide culturally informed perspectives and input into policy positions.
  • Writing policy specifically in relation to First Nations communities and domestic and family violence.
  • Act as a conduit of information between the specialist domestic and family violence sector and government.
  • Support consultation undertaken by NSW Government and other stakeholders with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and specialists.
  • Work with the Senior Aboriginal Policy officer to develop and provide advice and information to various departments within the NSW Government, and Federal Government where appropriate, on DFV related issues.
  • Support the Senior Aboriginal Policy Officer to guide governments in the implementation of work to reduce and prevent DFV under the associated plans including the National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children and Closing the Gap Target 13.
  • Support DVNSW to develop an Aboriginal cultural framework and hold DVNSW to account as the organisation seeks to work in a culturally informed manner.
  • Provide intentional support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialist DFV workforce, including face-to-face regional visits across NSW, where possible.


To be suitable for this role, you would need:

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of NSW Aboriginal communities, particularly in relation to the impact of family violence on Aboriginal women and children.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the determinants, dynamics, and impact of violence against women and children.
  • Experience successfully building relationships and collaborating with multiple stakeholders including Aboriginal Controlled organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, communities and government.
  • Ability to support consultation with Aboriginal communities and Government and other stakeholders.
  • Skills in establishing and facilitating consultations and group discussions.
  • Time management, flexibility and ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Skills and confidence in delivering verbal presentations to a range of stakeholders.
  • Aligns to the values and vision of DVNSW.
  • Skills using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook
  • Flexible and adaptable to work outside of core hours
  • A sense of humour


  • Strong knowledge of domestic and family violence service delivery within diverse communities.
  • Experience preparing reports and submissions on outcomes, initiatives and recommendations following consultation.
  • Experience in formulating policy positions within a broad and complex framework.
  • Experience in managing regular and ongoing engagement with state government representatives.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships with external stakeholders to achieve project objectives (e.g. Department of Communities and Justice, Ministry of Health, peak bodies and service providers).
  • Demonstrated skill and experience in undertaking end-to-end project management, including planning, implementation and coordination of project milestones and deliverables.
  • Experience managing program reporting related to government grants, organisational impact and outcome reporting.
  • Understanding of the NSW government policy environment


This is an Identified role under the Section 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 and as such Aboriginality is an essential requirement of the role.

Aboriginal identified positions are developed where Aboriginal identity, cultural knowledge or connections are a genuine aspect of the role. Positions are specifically noted under the provisions of the NSW Anti-discrimination Act (1977) for Aboriginal people who meet the following criteria:

  • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
  • identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and
  • is accepted as such by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community

DVNSW is committed to implementing safe recruitment practices. Your application may be subject to pre-employment checks such as reference checks, Working with Children (NSW) or Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) check, Right to work in Australia, COVID-19 vaccinations and National Police History check.


As a feminist organisation we understand that often, women and people from marginalised groups and communities, feel the need to fulfil every requirement for a job before they will apply for it. If you believe you have the attributes to be successful in this role but don't match every point on the job ad, that's absolutely okay – we would welcome your application and be delighted to consider it!

We encourage applicants to view the position description prior to applying.

To apply please provide the following:

Resume: Including relevant experience to make it easier for us to work out how your experience matches what we’re looking for. Please include references and your contact details.

Cover Letter: Tell us about you, why you want to work at DVNSW. Where possible respond to the role responsibilities and essential skills by providing examples – this helps us understand your expertise, how you gained your experience, what you have learned and what you have achieved.

If you have questions about this role, please email Rebecca Plummer on, using the subject line Aboriginal Policy Officer or via phone on 02 9698 9777.

Please apply promptly, as we may shortlist and commence interviews within the advertising period.