Research and Policy Officer

Are you an analytical thinker and problem-solver with well-developed research skills and a passion for supporting working people? If so – an exciting opportunity has opened at the Health Services Union National Office for a full-time Research and Policy Officer.

Organisational Context

The Health Services Union (HSU) is one of Australia’s fastest growing unions, with over 85,000 members. Our members are at the forefront of nation-changing initiatives such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the forthcoming Aged Care Royal Commission and broader reforms to the public and mental health systems. The HSU is comprised of eight autonomous branches and the role of HSU National is to facilitate cross-branch coordination, which supports membership growth, and, by extension, the collective power of working people. Through this, we ensure that HSU members have a strong and powerful voice in the debates that shape their working lives and their communities.

The Role

We are seeking a highly-skilled, inquisitive and passionate individual who can work with HSU branches to develop a comprehensive policy platform in the interests of our members and the people they support. Working as part of a small team and reporting to the HSU National Secretary, the Research and Policy Officer will be responsible for monitoring changes to national policy, legislation and regulations that affect our members working in the health and community services sectors. On any given day you might be preparing a submission to a Parliamentary Inquiry or consultation paper, managing commissioned research or preparing a briefing on a particular issue for Federal MPs.

For more information about the role, please refer to the attached position description.


This is a full-time position (38-hours per week, Monday to Friday) and the successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the HSU National Enterprise Agreement 2018 – 2021 which includes:

  • Generous salary (including annual wage and increment increases).
  • 5 weeks’ annual leave.
  • 13 Rostered Days Off (RDOs) per year.

The position is based in our office in Carlton, Victoria.

The successful applicant will be required to occasionally travel intestate, perform out-of-hours work and be eligible for a parliamentary pass by satisfying a Federal Police check.

To Apply

To apply, please submit your CV, alongside a cover letter addressing the principle duties and outlining why you would be most suitable for the role.

Applications are addressed to Mr Lloyd Williams, HSU National Secretary

Applications close Tuesday 18 December 2018 and must be submitted via email to . Please set the email subject to “Job Application – Research and Policy Officer”

If you have previous relevant work samples (e.g. a written submission to an inquiry or consultation paper) we encourage you to submit these with your application.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and appointment is conditional upon a successful reference check and a probationary period.

If you have questions about the role, please contact: Ms Leigh Svendsen, HSU Senior Industrial officer via phone 0418 538 989.

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