Secretariat Officer – Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative

  • Location: Canberra
  • Duration: 12 months – possible extension
  • Hours: Full time
  • RemunerationLevel 5.1 SCHADS award


The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) is the national peak body for multicultural advocacy. At the heart of FECCA’s work is promoting multiculturalism, embodied in equitable policies and non‑discriminatory practices for all Australians, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds.

Toward this end, FECCA strives to ensure that the needs and aspirations of various cohorts of Australia’s culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse population are heard by policy and decision makers, as well as the broader public.

FECCA adheres to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity, industrial democracy, and occupational health and safety. All FECCA staff are expected to contribute to applying these principles and practices in the workplace.


The Collaborative is an initiative of FECCA but has its own identity and branding and will, over time develop its internal governance structure. It has been established to fill a gap in national advocacy about broad multicultural health issues, including systemic racism and demonstrated health inequities which, although highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have remained substantially unaddressed for decades.

The Collaborative is representative and its membership includes consumers; health and wellbeing/social care services and practitioners; researchers and research organisations. The development of the Collaborative is guided by an Interim Coordination Group which is reflective of the membership and meets on a regular basis.

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This position supports the establishment and evolution of the Collaborative.

Additionally, it will also be involved in identifying health and wellbeing issues impacting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, developing solutions and providing high level policy advice. It will contribute to the work of the FECCA Health and Ageing Team.


This position reports to the Director of Policy – Health & Ageing through the Senior Advisor. The position will work with the Collaborative’s Interim Coordination Group, the larger FECCA team and key partners and stakeholders.

Reporting to this position: None


  • Provide or organise secretariat services to the Interim Coordination Group and various policy reference groups.
  • Support research, analysis and policy development on health issues impacting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Support routine and regular consultations with Collaborative members, partners, and stakeholders together with other consultations on specific issues with relevant organisations.
  • Contribute to Collaborative submissions to both government and non-government inquiries and policy reviews.
  • In conjunction with the FECCA Communications Team, contribute to promotion of the Collaborative (website, social media, e-news and other products).
  • In conjunction with the FECCA Administration Team, contribute to efficient administration of the Collaborative.
  • Undertaking other tasks on an ad hoc basis, as required.

Applicants should be aware that at times this role may involve interstate travel.


Essential Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated understanding or lived experience of issues impacting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  2. Previous experience working on social policy programs, or health or aged care service delivery in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts
  3. Demonstrated experience in project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
  4. Excellent stakeholder management, communication and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to adapt to the needs of a range of audiences, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  5. Good analytical skills and demonstrated ability to produce and/or analyse quantitative and qualitative data to develop high-quality reports and advocacy materials
  6. Good administrative skills and experience in providing secretariat services
  7. Ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic work environment, highly self-motivated, self-driven and flexible
  8. Ability to work professionally as part of a team in a positive and supportive manner

Desirable Criteria:

  1. A tertiary qualification in a field related to social, health, or public policy
  2. Understanding of government processes, working with NGOs, advocacy, and policy development process

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Daniel Coase on 02 6282 5755 or using the subject line: Secretariat Officer – Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative enquiry via EthicalJobs.