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Social Policy & Advocacy Officer (MH)

  • ​​​​​​​Professional Membership Association: National Voice for Social Justice
  • Melbourne based; Nationally networked service delivery
  • Part time (FTE 0.6) ongoing

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, with more than 12,000 members. AASW sets the benchmarks for professional education and practice in social work and have a strong voice on matters of social justice, human rights and issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians.

Key position responsibilities:

The Social Policy & Advocacy Officer (MH) is responsible for:

  • Developing and contributing to social policy and advocacy material including position statements, submissions, media, communication material and other documents in consultation with key stakeholders
  • Raising the profile and awareness of the AASW, its members and the role of Social Workers, and the Association’s social policy and advocacy positions
  • Maintaining knowledge and awareness of key social policy issues, government policy directions and consultation processes, for relevance and applicability to the AASW, the social work profession and members, particularly Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs)
  • Develop, coordinate and implement campaigns and strategies to raise the profile and address current issues impacting on AMHSWs, including achieving parity for members regarding remuneration and opportunities under Government programs, Private Health funds and insurance schemes and other relevant bodies.
  • Liaising and consulting with members on areas of concern including advocacy strategies, development of submissions and other documents
  • Communications with members on key issues and developments including the development of E-Newsletters

Key selection criteria:

  • High level understanding of contemporary social work policy and practice issues
  • High level of understanding of the role and skills of AMHSWs and the settings in which they provide and have potential to provide services;
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy activities, including development and implementation of strategies and campaigns to influence change
  • Demonstrated experience in research, policy development and analysis
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Proficiency in the use of information technology, and social media platforms
  • Able to handle periods of high workload and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Understanding of and experience in consultation processes with a range of stakeholders

The AASW is committed to equal opportunities in employment and embraces diversity and inclusion in its workforce. We encourage applications from culturally and ethnically diverse communities, particularly those underrepresented in the social work profession including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people with a disability.

To be considered for this role, your application must include your résumé and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria listed above.

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers