First listed on: 30 November 2020

Research and Policy Officer 

Better Place Australia has a vision of “An Australia where all people experience positive relationships, truly value each other and live safer, more confident lives”. As a community focused not-for-profit organisation with an ever-growing range of psychological and community support services, Better Place Australia is taking a leadership role in the provision of high-quality, effective services for a wide range of community groups across 25 locations in Victoria.

This is an opportunity to join our expanding team of highly experienced and passionate people who want to make Australia a better place.

The Role

The Centre for Better Relationships (The Centre) is a new research initiative by Better Place Australia and aims to influence the research and policy landscape by generating quality assured research outputs that will be amply disseminated and enrich the debate. Working closely with the Research Manager, specific objectives of the role include:

  • Using rigorous, evidence-based approaches to research
  • Meeting the requirements of the National Statement for Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007 and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018
  • Assist in the commission of valuable research as a means of advocacy to decision makers
  • Assist in building the organisation’s reputation as a thought leader. 

This role is a unique early career opportunity for someone who is looking to use their passion for social justice, research, and policy to contribute to the sector. The appointee will be identifying new policy and advocacy opportunities for The Centre and using tech-savvy approaches to further our position as a thought leader.  

Required Qualifications and Experience

Prospective candidates will hold an appropriate tertiary qualification in the social sciences with a strong applied research component and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.  Highly developed qualitative and quantitative research design and data analysis skills are essential as is a demonstrated ability to contribute to independent and team-based research.  Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications is essential as is a proven ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders across multidisciplinary teams.  Prospective candidates who have a solid understanding of research methods and who enjoy writing are particularly encouraged to apply.  Ideally, you are comfortable using your well-developed interpersonal skills to network with relevant stakeholders and are keen to contribute to both policy and advocacy work.  A self-motivated approach with the ability to deliver outcomes with minimal direct supervision is highly desirable. 

Better Place Australia

Better Place Australia offers a workplace culture reflective of a vibrant, learning organisation where our people are highly engaged in their work and committed to making a difference.  As an equal opportunity employer, we aim to create an inclusive environment where differences including gender, age, culture, disability, sexuality and family and caring responsibilities are valued.  We invite you to be part of a not for profit organisation that fosters a diverse workplace. 

Further Information

This role will be based at our Cheltenham head office. Please note that in the COVID-19 climate, we are currently working remotely from home.    

Applications are invited from prospective candidates seeking part time employment (0.8 FTE) who meet the above criteria.  For further information and to view a copy of the position description, please visit our website at

Our organisation is committed to child safety and satisfactory completion of a Working with Children Check and National Police Check are mandatory for the preferred candidate.

This is a re-advertised position.  Previous candidates need not reapply as we have retained your details.  Whilst we appreciate the interest of all prospective candidates, please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.  Apply today!

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