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Policy Officer

Classification:          As per Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services                                                   Award, Community Development Worker Level 5.

Employment:           Part Time Contract to 30 June 2020

Hours of Work:        0.52 EFT, (19.76 hours per week) Flexible days and hours between                                         9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday.

Reports to:               Senior Policy Officer

Council on the Ageing Victoria

Council on the Ageing (COTA Victoria) is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing.

COTA Victoria’s strategic and operational focus is on promoting older age as a time of opportunities for personal growth, contribution and self-expression.

Position Overview

COTA Vic is an organisation run by, for and with older people. Our policy work is grounded in our engagement with older Victorians and their priority issues. The policy team consists of the Senior Policy Officer, Policy Office and Advocacy and Engagement Officer. Staff work with the Policy Development Committee, Community Reference Group and a number of policy specific working groups that are made up of COTA members.=

Roles and Responsibilities

The Policy Officer will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with the Policy team to identify and respond to new and emerging issues affecting older Victorians
  • Conduct research (quantitative and qualitative) to support policy submissions with evidence of need and also evidence-based solutions to identified policy issues
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, to ensure successful policy development, advocacy and implementation
  • Provide support to Policy Committees and Working Groups as required
  • Work effectively with staff and volunteers at COTA (Vic) to keep them briefed on relevant policy related  matters
  • Supporting the work of the Community Participation Team and COTA including supporting Seniors Information Victoria (SIV), the front desk/reception role as required.
  • Providing written reports to managers and funders and relevant stakeholders
  • Develop resources such as briefing papers to support the active involvement of older people in COTA’s advocacy work

Key Selection Criteria:  (each selection criteria is to be addressed separately)

  • Skills in research, policy analysis and development
  • An understanding of the issues facing people as they age
  • An understanding of the diversity of Victoria’s ageing population and the needs and issues that may face particular groups
  • Proven skills in project planning and project management
  • Attention to detail and well developed problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated strong writing and communication skills
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, to deadlines
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team
  • Relevant tertiary qualification


  • Campaign and political advocacy experience
  • Advanced computer skills (or ability to acquire these)

Other Relevant Information:

Location Based at COTA Office, Level 4, 533 Little Lonsdale St. Melbourne
Start date August – September 2018
Award This position is entitled to the provisions contained in the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 – Social & Community Service Employees.

COTA has an Enterprise Bargain Agreement (EBA) that covers all COTA employees: 3 year Agreement from 11 July 2016.

Salary Sacrificing: Available in accordance with Australian Taxation Office legislation and regulations, and in accordance with the Council on the Ageing’s Policy and Procedure.
Travel This role may require a person to be able to travel to various locations across the state
Employer Council on the Ageing Victoria

Application process: 

Applicants should express their interest through a short covering letter attaching their resume and a brief document addressing the key selection criteria to be considered for the role. A full position description is available on request by emailing

For further information about the position please contact Karen Iatrou, Human Resources on (03) 9655 2103. Email your application to, using the subject line: Policy Officer application via COTA Victoria website. Please respond as soon as possible as there is no closing date.


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