Policy Manager

Canberra, ACT |

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is looking for new people to join our vibrant team. This is your opportunity to join the peak body for publicly funded healthcare and make an impact by supporting our team to do their best. We offer a great working environment as well as:

  • A busy role in a great team
  • Not for Profit ‘Salary Sacrificing’ benefits on top of your salary, which can significantly increase your take home pay
  • A variety of work where attention to detail is key

We are looking for people with an interest in health policy, and strong analysis and research skills, who can work well alone and in small teams.

Position Description:

The Policy Manager is responsible for the planning and management of the policy and advocacy activities including policy analysis and development, member and stakeholder engagement and integration of policy and advocacy activities across the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) activities. This role is a contracted position (6 – 12 months, with possible opportunity for ongoing work). The salary level will be dependent on qualifications and experience, and ideally you will be employed full-time.

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
  • Prepare policy responses including discussion papers, position statements and submissions
  • Contribute to health policy projects, including on behalf of our members and clients
  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships with members, government departments and other stakeholders
  • Promote AHHA membership and maintain relationships with existing members
  • Contribute to organising AHHA events and function activities including think tanks, roundtables, workshops and any policy and advocacy forums
  • Any other duties as directed by the Chief Executive
Required Skills:


  • Demonstrated experience in the analysis of strategic policy and development of timely policy responses
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the structure, funding, operation and political context of the Australian health system
  • Demonstrated 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, and the media
  • Demonstrated high-level writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both autonomously and as part of a small team environment
  • Ability to travel locally and interstate for short periods


  • Ability to travel
  • Work experience in the public health sector
  • A relevant tertiary qualification
  • Understanding of Not‑for‑Profit (NFP), member based organisation
How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, along with a short CV, to admin@ahha.asn.au.

AHHA is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of the Australian community. AHHA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and the LGBTIQ community.

Starting date: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Closing date: 
Friday, August 9, 2019
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