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Policy Officer - Sydney (NSW)

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 5th March 2018

Policy Officer – Permanent part-time opportunity, $75k pro rata + super based in Alexandria.

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is a non-profit national peak body and lead representative organisation for community broadcasting services around Australia.

The CBAA provides leadership, advocacy and support for its members to actively build capabilities of independent broadcasting services and create a healthy environment for the sector to thrive.

About the role

The purpose of the role is to work with the Executive team members to proactively develop policy positions on regulatory issues relevant to the community broadcasting sector, in response to current and projected concerns.

The Policy Officer will be responsible for driving positive and sustainable policy change to champion the community broadcasting sector via the influencing of the external policy environment.

The role primarily works with the Executive team and external contacts such as regulatory bodies, government, consultants, industry associations and internal staff.

About community broadcasting

Community broadcasting is a key pillar in the Australian media landscape, and recognised internationally as one of the most successful examples of grassroots media. Over 5 million people tune in to 450+ not-for-profit, community-owned and operated radio services operating across the country each week. Stations play an important role in providing a voice for communities that aren’t adequately serviced by other broadcasting sectors and provide programming that caters to the needs and interest groups of their communities.

Find out more – watch ‘This Is Community Radio’.

In this role, you will:
  • Lead on the development of community broadcasting policy, as per the priority areas contained within CBAA’s strategic plan and under the direction of Executive team members.
  • Provide guidance and support to the CBAA in determining and recognising future policy needs for the community broadcasting sector.
  • Develop information resources and new policy positions in response to policy concerns through the gathering of feedback from sector stakeholders, members and staff.
  • Outline the need for policy changes for the community broadcasting sector through the development and delivery of briefings and presentations to regulators, government contacts, members and other stakeholders.
  • Prepare and draft submissions and policy position papers for government and sector regulators.
  • Develop the CBAA’s relationship with assigned stakeholders and influencing these to drive sector reform and change.
  • Represent the CBAA at assigned events and speaking engagements to drive the message of policy change and or CBAA’s policy position.
To be successful you will have:
  • Relevant degree in social policy, law, broadcasting or equivalent work experience.
  • Proven ability to analyse and interpret complex legislation and information.
  • Experience in advocacy work at a national level.
  • Proven understanding of the wider economic and political landscape, as well as familiarity with community broadcasting operation and issues in Australia e.g. diversity of the community broadcasting sector including radio and television and their rural and remote demographics.
  • Experience in a similar policy officer role.
How to apply

For full details of the role, download the candidate pack. Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV, and responses to the first 5 specification criteria provided above. All applications should be emailed to

Contact Information

For an informal conversation about the role, please call or email:

Jessica Hermosilla, Chief Operating Officer

T: 02 9310 2999


If you require any further information, please visit our website or contact us on 02 9310 2999

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