Policy Manager

Policy Manager

Job Description

EL1 equivalent, plus super

Who we are
The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is the national peak body for publicly funded health care. We drive collective action across the healthcare system for reform that improves the health and wellbeing of Australians.

AHHA directly engages with Government, not-for-profit organisations, peak bodies, and our national membership base to foster meaningful policy reform. We are committed to being part of the national health conversation and have a strong history of effective advocacy.

AHHA’s national office is based in Deakin, Canberra (ACT) and consists of a small, dedicated team on the forefront of research, policy, advocacy, and practice in Australia’s healthcare landscape. We support a dynamic, friendly, flexible working environment with access to Charity (PBI) salary packaging.

Working with AHHA means joining a community of health sector thought leaders as they grow and shape the future of Australia’s healthcare system.

Position description
The Policy Manager is responsible for the planning and management of policy and advocacy activities including policy analysis and development, member and stakeholder engagement and integration of policy and advocacy initiatives across AHHA activities.

Key duties

  • Identify policy issues that reflect the objectives of AHHA and the interests of members and the public health sector.
  • Undertake analysis of policy issues and proposals arising from members, governments and other organisations.
  • Facilitate consultation with members on policy issues, including maintaining communities of interest and a register of member interests and engagement.
  • Prepare evidence-based policy responses including discussion papers, position statements and submissions.
  • Prepare content to support strategic communication of policy responses through various channels (media releases, newsletters, website, letters, campaigns, social media).
  • Manage and contribute to health research and policy projects, including on behalf of our members and clients.
  • Contribute to organising AHHA events (in person and virtual) including conferences, roundtables, workshops and policy and advocacy forums.
  • Represent AHHA on health policy and advocacy networks and groups, provide updates on the outcomes and activities of these groups and recommendations for any AHHA action.
  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with members, government departments, and other stakeholders.
  • Promote AHHA membership and maintain relationships with existing members.
  • Provide support and oversight of policy and project tasks undertaken by other team members.
  • Any other duties as directed by the by Chief Executive Officer.

Skills and experience


  • Qualification in a relevant health or policy-related field and experience in a similar role.
  • Attention to detail with strong research and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the structure, funding, operation and political context of the Australian health system.
  • Understanding of government and agency processes at national or state/territory level.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to engage effectively with a broad range of groups including members, stakeholders in government and non-government agencies.
  • High-level writing skills and ability to synthesise and present information and ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to manage projects and campaigns, balance competing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively both autonomously and as part of a small team environment.
  • Proficiency across the Microsoft Office suite and willingness to adopt other relevant systems.


  • Understanding of Not for Profit (NFP), member based organisations.
  • Able to travel for work-related meetings and events when required.

Apply by emailing a current CV, cover letter and any further questions to [email protected].

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More information

Opening date
May 29, 2024
Closing date
July 21, 2024

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