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Senior Policy Advisor

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Work type: Permanent Full-Time
Location: Fitzroy
Categories: Research and Fellowships

Senior Policy Advisor- Fitzroy

We are looking for a Senior Policy Advisor with relevant experience who wants to join our 2000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference on a Permanent Full-Time basis, working 38 hours per week based in Fitzroy.

About BSL

At BSL, our approach to working with people with disability emphasises empowerment, choice, community connection and individual strengths. We recognise the importance of family, friends, carers and community in providing opportunities for meaningful contribution and inclusion for people with disability.

BSL has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.
We are passionate about the work we do and know that the people who make up our team are crucial to us delivering our services.

For 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

BSL is a partner organisation to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). BSL delivers the NDIS across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, support to people with a disability to access and navigate the NDIS.

The Opportunity

The Senior Policy Advisor position will lead the development and implementation of the youth employment policy agenda of the National Youth Employment Body (NYEB). The Senior Policy Advisor will work closely with the Principal Research Fellows leading the broader NYEB program of evaluation, research and policy work, as well as with a team of research and practice staff, in the development of policy advocacy outputs and in enabling policy influencing opportunities with state, territory and federal policy stakeholders.

  • Lead the translation of social policy ideas within the NYEB, including in the areas of skills and training, social infrastructure and employment services.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the NYEB’s youth employment policy agenda.
  • Support the overall SPARC strategic leadership and management.
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals and submissions.

Salary will be in the range of $108,021.41 - $112,531.17 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.

Is this you?

Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start. We seek applicants who have:

  • A postgraduate social science or policy degree with extensive relevant policy experience or an equivalent combination of relevant tertiary education and policy experience.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the field of youth employment, including current issues and debates in research and policy.
  • Demonstrated project management and organisational skills, including the ability to manage staff, plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Well-developed policy analysis skills
  • Seeks the common good - through compassion, a generosity of spirit and reliance on evidence


  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Support through Employee Assistance Program


BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.

Sound like the right fit for you?
APPLY NOW or contact Kira Clarke via email at for a confidential discussion.

To view the position description, please click here.

Applications close: Sunday 29 January, 2023 at 11:55 pm


We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.

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