Senior Research & Policy Officer

Applications close July 25, 2024

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Fixed term – 12 months
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Relocation assistance provided

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Council was founded and is still led, governed and directed by women from the NPY region.  It was created to give a voice to women across 26 desert communities in the cross-border regions of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.  Today, we continue to provide progressive, innovative and evidence-based work in service delivery, advocacy and support.


The Directorate team is responsible for the overall running of the organisation, ensuring that services provided to women and their families in the NPY region are evidence based and responsive to the needs of Anangu. The team works in close consultation with the Directors ensuring that the voices of the women of the NPY region are being heard.


Reporting to the CEO, this role supports NPYWC’s research, policy and advocacy agenda and produces research and policy aimed at progressing NPYWC’s vision and culture. This role will work alongside other staff to identify, develop and respond to policies on a range of issues affecting Anangu across the NPY tristate region.


You will have at least three years’ experience in a senior role, with an understanding of community and/or government organisations. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to translate and prepare complex reports, submissions and discussion papers in a timely manner for a range of audiences, including people with English as a second, third of fourth language. You will also have highly developed organisational skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively prioritise work and manage competing demands.

We offer a range of benefits and you will join a diverse and inclusive organisation in an environment and landscape unique to Australia. NPY Women’s Council was founded and is still led today by women from the NPY region and you will be part of something much more significant than just a job.

Underpinning this will be a competitive, above award based salary, superannuation, salary packaging benefits, 5 weeks of annual leave, 3 days of additional leave, annual retention bonus and generous personal leave to care for you and your family. We also provide a robust orientation program and ongoing support and supervision.


  • Please complete the online application form below and submit both a comprehensive covering letter and resume.
  • A full Position Description can be found here: Senior Research & Policy
  • For enquiries about the role, please contact People and Workplace Services on 08 8958 2329.

Due to the number of applications we are only able to respond to candidates who have been shortlisted.