About NSW Farmers

NSW Farmers’ Association, Australia’s largest farm body, is dedicated to lobbying on behalf of its members and farmers generally in NSW, as well as representing their interests across all agricultural sectors; to ensure that their voice is heard at all levels of Government as well as by other interest groups and stakeholders. The following position is now available:

Senior Policy Advisor

About You:
With relevant tertiary qualifications and at least three years of proven experience in the professional sector, you will be looking for an opportunity to take the next step. Working under an experienced Policy Director you will shape policy outcomes at a government and industry level through strategy and stakeholder management. You will learn to engage with government at the highest level and assist the association in maintaining a strong presence both in Macquarie Street and in Canberra. With a keen intellect and strong work ethic you will work with members of the association to develop policy and drive outcomes through advocacy.
You will be eager to learn from a highly experience political team and you will want to extend your skills in strategy, policy, communications and stakeholder relations.

Your Challenge:
You will use your research and analytical skills to develop and drive policy outcomes for NSW Farmers' Association members. Reporting to a Policy Director, your role will cover the policy areas of rural communities and livestock. You will be tasked with managing relationships with the various member committees, industry stakeholders and government and you will be responsible for providing high-level strategic advice to the Policy Director.

You will develop the alibility to undertake research on broad and complex policy areas in order to deliver succinct summaries and briefing notes. You will also learn to design and implement lobbying strategies in order to achieve policy outcomes for NSW Farmers. This is an exciting and broad based role which will allow you to develop your skills and exposure to a number of policy areas.

Primary responsibilities:

- Assist Policy Director and Committees in developing Association policy;
- Collate research and data to contribute to reports and briefing notes;
- Assist Policy Director with stakeholder engagement;
- Ensure relevant information is effectively communicated to members;
- Assist in designing and implementing lobbying campaigns to government, business and community stakeholders.

We are looking for:

- Someone who takes initiative
- High level research and analytical skills
- Well-developed written and verbal communication skills and the ability to develop quality policy assistance and communication
- An ability to build and maintain relationships
- A strong understanding of Australia’s parliamentary systems
- Tertiary qualifications in Agriculture, Economics, Science, Social Science, Communications, Public Policy, or a related discipline are desirable

This is a challenging role with opportunity to engage in the policy process at state and federal levels as well as in operational aspects of the Association.

To Apply

Applications including resume and cover letter to be sent to
Applications close 5.00pm, Friday, 24 August
All enquiries please contact 02 9478 1000

Position Description
PD - Senior Policy Advisor
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