Policy and Project Officer (Policy & Advocacy)

Level: 5.1 SCHCDS Award

Location: Canberra

FTE: 1.0 / Full-time

Duration: 12 months with possible extension


The purpose of the Policy and Project Officer is to support The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)’s policy and advocacy agenda. This role will work with other policy staff to identify and develop FECCA’s policies and projects on a range of issues that relate to multiculturalism in Australia and are priorities for multicultural communities.

This role will be involved in developing solutions and providing high level policy advice, including through submissions to both government and non-government inquiries and policy reviews. The position will contribute to FECCA’s engagement with its member organisations, Policy Committees, and relevant external stakeholders. The Officer will also lead various projects that enhance FECCA’s policy and organisational goals.

This role sits in FECCA’s Policy Team and reports to the Director of Policy and Advocacy. The successful candidate will join a small but mighty team of people who love working together and prioritise supporting each other to achieve our professional and personal goals.


FECCA is the national peak body for multiculturalism. At the heart of FECCA’s work is promoting and advancing multiculturalism, embodied in equitable policies and non-discriminatory practices for all Australians, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds. FECCA strives to ensure that the needs and aspirations of various cohorts of Australia’s multicultural population are heard by policy and decision makers, as well as the broader public.

FECCA is committed to providing a safe and positive work environment.


This role requires significant engagement with members, formal and informal partners, and working in conjunction with them to deliver policy development and advocacy, research and analysis and other strategic work on policy priorities.

Key duties include:

  • Supporting policy development, consultation and submissions on key policy areas that relate to multiculturalism, including:
    • Contributing to policy papers, submissions and other documents as required that provide detailed and timely advice on policy issues.
    • Researching policy and technical issues, including through engagement with members, partners and other experts;
    • Supporting FECCA members and policy committees, including through task groups and consultation workshops; and
    • Monitoring media, government policy and developments in the multicultural policy space.
  • Supporting strategic projects on policy priorities, including:
    • Assisting with shaping FECCA’s and focus areas by staying informed of member and stakeholder priorities and concerns, and briefing senior staff;
    • Contributing to data gathering, analysis and report writing, considering both primary and secondary research, i.e. stakeholder consultation and desktop literature reviews; and
    • Supporting implementation of specific projects and activities that contribute to FECCA’s policy objectives; including through administrative support.
  • Contributing to organisational development by supporting the development of grant applications and other similar opportunities

FECCA is a small and flexible organisation. The successful candidate will be required to work on a range of cross-organisational projects, on an ad hoc basis, in collaboration with colleagues and external stakeholders to meet FECCA’s overall goals.


You must be able to meet at least six of the criteria below:

  1. Demonstrated understanding or lived experience of issues of importance to people from multicultural backgrounds
  2. Previous experience working in multicultural policy, migration policy, or other relevant area of social policy
  3. Demonstrated experience in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the capacity to adapt to the needs of a range of audiences, including people from multicultural backgrounds
  5. Good analytical skills and demonstrated ability to engage with research evidence to produce high-quality reports and advocacy materials
  6. Ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic work environment, highly self-motivated, self-driven and flexible
  7. Ability to work professionally as part of a team in a positive and supportive manner.
  8. A relevant tertiary qualification
  9. Demonstrated understanding of government processes, working with NGOs, and the advocacy and policy development process


People from multicultural backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply for this role, you will need:

  • A current resume / CV
  • A cover letter that responds specifically to at least six of the selection criteria

Email these two documents to admin@fecca.org.au using the subject line: Policy and Project Officer, YOUR NAME

Please include contact details of two referees (one of whom is a current or recent supervisor)

For more information, please contact Christina (Office Manager) on 02 6282 5755 or admin@fecca.org.au.