Careers at BSL

Government Engagement Adviser

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Work type: Permanent Full-Time
Location: Fitzroy
Categories: Community Development


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  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements including a hybrid work arrangement.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discounted health insurance and free flu shots each year

We’re looking for a Government Engagement Adviser with relevant experience who wants to join our team on a permanent full-time basis, working 38 hours per week based in Fitzroy.


The Government Engagement Adviser supports the Senior Manager Government Engagement and works collaboratively across BSL to support engagement with state and federal governments at departmental and ministerial level and as needed local government in key areas to support placed based approaches.

The role supports the critical Government Engagement function in advancing our purpose by developing and supporting the implementation of government engagement plans around advocacy and influencing. The role will support key leaders from across BSL to cultivate and maintain relationships with Ministers, Shadow Ministers and their staff, members of parliament and their staff and public servants at a state and federal level to support the communities we serve. The role will also cultivate and maintain positive relationships with relevant stakeholders.

  • The Government Engagement Adviser will bring strategic thinking, a commitment to collaboration and communication as well as advocacy and internal and external influencing skills to the role.
  • Coordinate and support the development of election and budget bids in line with the electoral and budget cycle.
  • Coordinate visits and related briefings by MPs/Ministers to BSL services, research and policy and organisational events to position and showcase our work, with a particular focus on pre-budgets/elections.

Salary will be in the range of $96,677.20 - $101,053.91 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.


We are passionate about the work we do. We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society - a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty. For over 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia. We are made up of 1500+ employees and 1000+ volunteers to make a difference in our communities.


Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for someone who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in a similar role, with demonstrated success in delivering positive organisational outcomes through an advocacy agenda.
  • Strong written and verbal communicator. Adept at framing, positioning, and influencing; able to interpret, translate and present complex information in a way that is straightforward to understand, both written and verbal.
  • Experience with and understanding of community services and interventions that drive systemic change to eliminate poverty.
  • Strong existing networks across government, cross-bench and/or Opposition MPs, with the ability to create access for BSL leaders.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively across teams or in a matrix environment.
  • Well-developed organisational skills and comfortable working under pressure.
  • Political nous and knowledge of the workings of government and parliamentary procedure, and the services and policy landscape as it relates to the community sector.
  • Experience working in an organisation collaboratively with research, policy and program teams.


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.


If you have any questions about the role or want more clarification, please contact Hutch Hussein via or 0438 507 103 for a confidential discussion.

Please review the Position Description to address the Key Selection Criteria.

Applications close: Sunday, 14 July 2024 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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