First listed on: 01 April 2024

Policy and Advocacy Lead


  • Salary: $107,700 - $112,500 + Super, NFP Salary Sacrifice benefits and other benefits
  • Canberra 
  • Two-year fulltime contract
  • Award Winning Office Culture 


The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision for an Australia free from alcohol harms – where communities are healthy and well and where laws, policies and programs are fair, equitable and just.  

We work collaboratively with local communities, people with lived experience of alcohol harm, values-aligned organisations, health professionals, researchers and governments across the nation to raise community awareness of alcohol harms, advocate for policy change aimed at preventing alcohol-related harms and increase accountability of companies that fuel harm.  

Working at FARE you will be part of an organisation developing and delivering innovative health programs and policy solutions to reduce alcohol harm to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in Australia. 


The Policy and Advocacy Lead is responsible for developing advocacy strategies, policy development, and stakeholder engagement activities in collaboration with the Policy and Research Director.  

The role has a high degree of autonomy and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships both internally and externally. 

The role includes undertaking complex policy tasks including rapid analysis of legislation and developing high quality written materials. It also includes the development and oversight of advocacy strategies. 


  • Map, engage and develop stakeholder relationships, particularly with government and political decision makers, and also with not-for-profit organisations, people with lived experience and researchers. 
  • Draft and review high quality written publications including briefs, letters, submissions and research reports. 
  • Support staff within the Policy and Research team to contribute to the program of work and help the Director coordinate workflow within the team. 
  • Collaborate with the Communications team on traditional and digital media and other communication outputs that are developed to support advocacy strategies. 
  • Represent the organisation at a range of forums, events, conferences and meetings.  
  • Identify opportunities for funding for this program of work. 
  • Proactively drive and manage allocated key issues and priorities to reach agreed outcomes in consultation with team members.? 
  • Contribute to the strategic advocacy activities of the organisation.  


  • Understanding of and experience with government policy processes.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, adaptable to many stakeholder settings.
  • Ability to work with others across teams and at all levels, as well as developing workflow processes.
  • Ability to set goals and work productively with minimal supervision. 
  • Experience in project and contract management.
  • Experience in data analysis and synthesis of data.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor staff to achieve shared objectives.


  • Professional experience in government relations, stakeholder engagement, policy and advocacy strategy development, research program delivery and staff supervision.
  • Academic qualifications in public policy, politics, health, epidemiology, statistics, or other relevant subject area.
  • Experience in political or parliamentary work environments highly desired.
  • Experience in coordinating projects.


  • Access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program.
  • Gifted leave over Christmas holiday shut-down.
  • Great workplace culture: FARE was honoured to be recognised by Voice Project as one of their ‘Best Workplaces for 2021’ for having exceptional employee engagement and satisfaction.
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Contact: If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at using the subject line: ‘Policy & Advocacy Lead or phone (02) 5104 9311 for more information. A position description can be downloaded at the FARE website


Please provide an up-to-date resume with two references and a cover letter of no more than 500 words addressing the key responsibilities and eligibility criteria for the role and email to by 11pm AEST, Sunday 14 April 2024. 

Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. 

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