Research and Projects Officer

Relationships Australia National Office

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. As a not-for-profit Australian organisation with no religious affiliations, we aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.

The national office of the federation is based in Kingston ACT, and supports the work of Relationships Australia member organisations in each state and territory by facilitating collaboration, developing policy, engaging in advocacy with policy-makers, working with other peak bodies and providing secretariat and corporate support to the National Board.

About the Role

The Research and Projects Officer provides high level advice and support to the National Executive Officer and National Policy Manager, and works closely with state and territory organisations.  The Research and Projects Officer is responsible for a broad range of functions that ultimately promotes the work and brand of the RA federation – including research for, and preparation of, policy and position papers, and managing complex projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Monitor and advise the National Office and member organisations about developments in relevant areas of Australian Government policy.
  • Lead and coordinate projects within the Federation.
  • Process complex data provided by member and external organisations, as well as surveys, for research and statistical purposes including assessing the quality of data, data cleaning and data manipulation.
  • Analysing, interpreting and presenting complex data to enable sharing in an appropriate style for the intended audience
  • Prepare discussion papers, position papers and policy documents on relevant topics for use within the RA federation.
  • Prepare strategic advice to the Board.
  • Other duties, as agreed with the National Executive Officer.

Selection criteria

  1. A graduate qualification in a relevant discipline, such as Sociology, Psychology or Community Development.
  2. A passion for using data to inform evidence-based social policy and demonstrated capacity to apply research to policy, programs, and practice
  3. Experience working in government, community services, advocacy and/or research, particularly in areas of relevance to the work of Relationships Australia, such as family relationships and/or mental health
  4. An excellent understanding of data quality and statistical issues and a commitment to data accuracy
  5. Demonstrated ability in knowledge translation, exchange, implementation and/or dissemination of complex information, including the ability to translate complex information into plain English for a range of audiences.
  6. Understanding of issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people who identify as members of LGBTIQ communities, and people with disability, as well as competence in working effectively with people in these groups.
  7. Well developed project management, organisational and administrative skills, and the ability to effectively determine priorities and achieve defined outcomes within strict deadlines.
  8. Excellent analytic and strategic thinking, written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with a broad range of people.
  9. Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, including the capacity to build and maintain positive professional relationships and partnerships with non-government and government stakeholders.
  10. Proven ability to thrive in a complex and dynamic environment.

Salary and Benefits

Relationships Australia National Office offers a competitive remuneration package including access to salary packaging.  Although the position is full-time, we have a flexible business approach to ensure you enjoy a healthy work/life balance and will consider part-time for the appropriate candidate.

Your Application

All applicants must include a covering letter addressing the Selection Criteria and current resume.  Please submit your application via email to by Wednesday, 11 September COB.