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Senior Policy Officer

Cancer Council Australia

Sydney, NSW
Full-Time Position
Applications close February 4, 2023

Located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, Cancer Council Australia works with its member states to undertake and fund cancer research, prevent and control cancer and provide information to support people affected by cancer.

Our mission is to lead a cohesive approach to reduce the impact of cancer. At Cancer Council Australia, we have an enviable reputation for our commitment to cancer research, and our values Compassion, Collaboration, Trust, Innovation and Excellence guide everything we do.

If you are looking for a role with purpose, where you can make a meaningful difference then Cancer Council Australia is just the place! We value diversity and offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • Great salary packaging benefits
  • Flexible work options
  • 20% discount at CCA retail outlets
  • Free in-house Wellness program

Our Culture 

At Cancer Council Australia, we embrace diversity, celebrate differences and inspire each person to be their authentic self at work. As we strive to represent the communities we serve, we welcome and actively encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with a disability, the LGBTQI community, people with neurological differences, mature age workers, as well as parents and carers returning to the workforce. 

About the role

The Senior Policy Officer sits in the Cancer Care Policy Team within the Cancer Control Policy Division. Reporting to the Manager Cancer Care Policy, the Senior Policy Officer is responsible for coordinating and undertaking the development of a range of policy initiatives and projects that support Cancer Council Australia's cancer care policy resources and advocacy work.

Key requirements of this role include managing policy projects to improve cancer outcomes including the development and publication of national cancer care policies, support preparing national responses to policy consultations, and collaborating and consulting with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This work comprises 0.6 FTE of the role.

The role will also work with the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA), a CCA stakeholder, in a secondment position for 0.4FTE. They will prepare policy reports, submissions, documentation and analysis and engage with Society members and stakeholders on issues relevant to cancer care and the cancer nursing workforce. The role will also monitor emerging issues and identify CNSA opportunities to be a leading voice on cancer care and control. The CNSA is a membership-based organisation established to achieve and promote excellence in the care, prevention and treatment for people affected by cancer through the effective professional contribution of nurses.

This exciting position will give you the ability to work across the cancer care and control spectrum; and develop policy and position statements to highlight the important role of cancer nurses in improving patient outcomes. If you are a team player looking for a new challenge in health policy, then this may be the role for you! 

We are looking for someone with: 

  • A strong track record in critical analysis and evidence-based policy development
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills

You will have:

  • High-level writing skills, with experience writing in health, policy, or research settings
  • An understanding of evidence-based health policy

This full-time contract role will be for 12 months from commencement and may be extended in the future. The role is based in Sydney and flexible working arrangements will be negotiated with the successful candidate. All applicants require current and valid working rights for Australia. 

How To Apply
Interested applicants should follow the instructions below to ensure your application meets the requirements for consideration by Cancer Council. Please submit an Expression of Interest for this role that includes:
  1. Please email your cover letter (no more than two pages) demonstrating how you meet each of the selection criteria as outlined in the position description, along with your current CV and two work related referees to
  2. Please click on the Job Description link on this page for further details.
Email application to:

Enquiries, please contact us on 02 8256 4100 .

No recruiters please.