First listed on: 20 May 2017

Political Reporter, Parliament House

  • Be a part of Australia's independent national broadcaster
  • Parliament House, Canberra Location
  • $ 82K - $ 100K p.a. + choice of 15.4% super

About the ABC

The ABC is the nation's most trusted and independent source of Australian conversations, culture, and stories. With over 4,000 employees from diverse backgrounds, located across over 50 locations around Australia and overseas, we are proud to create, curate and deliver high-quality programming that informs, educates and entertains Australian communities.

Come and join ABC News, the most respected name in news and current affairs and the nation's leading independent news service on television, radio, digital and social media. Our flagship brands include 7.30Four CornersAustralian StoryAM and PM, ABC News on digital and social media, and the continuous news channelsABC News 24 and NewsRadio.

ABC News is committed to career development: we look for potential and we invest in our people to be leaders in their fields. We believe in flexible approaches to working and in building diverse and collaborative teams.

About the Role

Are you passionate about politics and highly effective working within a small team? Do you have an excellent flair for covering politics and national affairs with solid broadcast skills?

This is an excellent opportunity to join our talented and busy team to cover federal politics from our Parliament House bureau in Canberra. Reporting to the Executive Producer, you will be responsible for:

  • Creating engaging, shareable content in national affairs, politics and/or government and developing new audiences.
  • Providing live on-air reports and agenda-setting coverage, maintaining the agenda setting reputation of ABC News.
  • Developing and maintaining contacts, break stories, and providing analysis and context on daily political events and broader relevant issues.

About You

You will be an accomplished journalist with strong reporting and research skills with particular ability to covering national affairs, politics and/or government. With strong communication skills, you will be confident to work collaboratively in a small team environment meeting extremely tight deadlines.

  • Strong broadcast scripting and writing skills. Able to use the medium and program format to accurately report, give context to and analyse complex political issues. Experience with live reporting and interviewing would be an advantage.
  • Strong technological skills. Able to use the latest broadcast equipment and studio technology to produce high-quality content in the office and in the field.
  • The ability to write RCAFF material for an online and digital audience.
  • An understanding and willingness to use social media for broadcast content.

For an overview of the role, please refer to the position description: RCAFF Political Reporter Canberra Band 6-7 P357464.pdf

We would love to see your work! Please submit material with your application online (include examples, links to websites or attach audio/video files up to 5MB).

For further information contact David Burgess on (02) 8333 2161.

For more information on working at the ABC visit

Recruitment Agency applications will not be accepted.

Through its services the ABC seeks to represent, connect and engage with all of the Australian community. In line with our focus on diversity, applications are strongly encouraged from Indigenous Australians, people from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disabilities and a gender-balanced workforce.

Applications Close: 04 June 2017


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