Senior Policy and Project Officer – Health & Ageing

Applications close on 26 March 2023. See full job description here.



The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) is the national peak body representing people from multicultural communities and their organisations across Australia. Through the membership of state, territory, and regional councils, we represent over 1,500 community organisations and their members. For over 40 years, FECCA has proudly worked alongside culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the broader Australian society and the Commonwealth government to build an inclusive multicultural Australia.

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. 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. We work to promote fairness and responsiveness to our constituency in the delivery and design of government policies and programs, and we promote multiculturalism as a core value that defines what it means to be Australian in the 21st century.



  • Coordinate and undertake policy analysis and policy submissions to address current and emerging issues affecting health and ageing of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Lead the implementation of multicultural health and aged care outreach and engagement programs including day-to-day problem-solving, monitoring and evaluation, and stakeholder management
  • Prepare high quality written reports, briefs, correspondence, and other documents to inform decision making or respond to agency or government requests
  • Provide sound information and advice on current and emerging policy issues to the Director of Policy on Health & Ageing and as needed, the FECCA Management Team to support effective decision making
  • Coordinate competitive and strategic grant applications and grant management
  • Engage FECCA member organisations, partners, and stakeholders to identify policy and practice recommendations on various health, ageing, and aged care issues
  • Support communication and outreach activities
  • Coordinate a team of Policy & Project Officers
  • Support the Director of Policy on Health & Ageing in team-building and fostering a supportive, collegial, and learning culture



You are driven by making a difference in addressing issues impacting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. You are excited by mobilising community voices and support; harnessing evidence; and collaborating with key stakeholders to effect change.

This is an exciting and satisfying role where you will work with autonomy and where you will have opportunities to develop and lead new initiatives.

As a Senior Policy & Program Officer, you will have proven capability in leading a team of passionate and highly capable colleagues, analysing policies, managing and evaluating programs, collaborating with all stakeholders, communicating effectively, and developing recommendations to solve policy and service problems.



Senior Policy and Project Officer reports to the Director of Policy (Health & Ageing) and works collaboratively with the larger FECCA team and key community partners and stakeholders.

Reporting to this position: 1 or 2 Policy & Project Officers

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

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



  • Relevant qualification or professional experience in any of the following areas: health, ageing, community development, social policy
  • Substantial experience in analysing relevant policies and/or analyse quantitative and qualitative data to develop high-quality reports and advocacy materials
  • Substantial experience in program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation in a multi-disciplinary or multi-stakeholder contexts
  • Demonstrated understanding of government systems, not-for-profit organisations, and policy development process
  • Excellent communication and people skills critical in developing collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders such as people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, community-based organisations, government agencies, and researchers
  • Demonstrated ability to lead / coordinate a team in a positive and supportive manner
  • Ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment, takes initiative, and requires minimal supervision


  • Demonstrated understanding or lived experience of issues impacting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Previous experience in multicultural advocacy/lobbying, or multicultural community engagement and outreach
  • Good understanding of the machinery of government and how to influence



  • Resilience and the ability to handle difficult situations or change with maturity
  • Excellent communicator
  • Respectful
  • Collaborative
  • Punctual
  • Result driven
  • A contagious positive attitude and good nature


We are proudly an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We also offer a range of incentives to encourage, support, attract and retain staff, including:

  • Flexibility to work between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday as negotiated
  • A hybrid of in-office and work-from-home arrangements
  • Generous salary and above market pay
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid birthday leave
  • Additional paid leave during the shutdown at the end of year holiday period
  • Personal and professional development opportunities
  • Flexible and supportive work culture
  • Friendly, fun, passionate, and dedicated colleagues
  • Opportunity to travel interstate

For any query, please contact Christina Ng (Office Manager) on 02 6282 5755 or using the subject line: Senior Policy & Project Officer – Health & Ageing enquiry via EthicalJobs.