Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Policy Officer, National Safe Church Unit

The Organisation and the Unit:

The Uniting Church in Australia is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia. The Uniting Church’s theology, and its values commitment made in response to the Royal Commission, establishes a clear commitment to providing the Church as a safe place for all people. The Uniting Church is committed to learning from its past, and working collaboratively to create the safest possible organisational context to serve the Australian Community. 

The National Safe Church Unit, in which this role will sit, is a unit of the Uniting Church in Australia, tasked to provide and resource the change required to deliver the above commitment.

Position Purpose:

The primary purpose of this role is to develop nationally consistent policy frameworks, and procedures in relation to policy settings, which support a safe church culture.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Lead development and coordinate implementation of nationally consistent policy frameworks
  2. Develop a suite of evidence based, best practice benchmark policy templates for use throughout the Church
  3. Develop and implement nationally consistent procedures in relation to policy settings
  4. Undertake literature searches, analysis and consultation to produce policy reports, policy submissions, discussion papers, advocacy reports and position papers.
  5. Develop and maintain networks and relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  6. Establish policy review processes to map current policies, enable the identification of gaps and good practice examples and facilitate sharing of documents across Synods
  7. Model the values of the Uniting Church in Australia in day to day work, including in interactions with managers, lay staff, ministry agents, clients and stakeholders.
  8. Identify and develop strategies to provide internal and external client focused customer service, including identifying improvements to policy, process and the work environment.
  9. Work within the policies and procedures of the Uniting Church in Australia and the provisions of the Workplace Health and Safety and other relevant legislation, including reporting hazards/incidents, support for injured workers and full participation in return to work plans.
  10. Undertake other duties as and when directed within the scope of the role and the capabilities of the incumbent.


Reporting Relationships:

            This position reports to:  Director, National Safe Church Unit


Selection Criteria:

  1. Minimum Bachelor’s degree qualification in relevant area of expertise.
  2. Sound understanding of institutional safety/risk management.
  3. Understanding of the Uniting Church in Australia or ability to acquire.
  4. Demonstrated high-level research and policy analysis skills, including the ability to work across operational and strategic policy.
  5. Ability to work independently to bring work plans/projects to completion with minimal supervision
  6. Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain networks and relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  7. Highly developed verbal and written communication, and consultation skills.
  8. Demonstrated ability to be flexible, manage multiple priorities, trouble-shoot, meet short and long term goals and deliver on agreed goals.
  9. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of software programs.
  10. Demonstrated ability to act with impartiality and honesty and manage competing views.
  11. Commitment to working within the purpose and values of the Uniting Church in Australia, and adhering to the policies, organisational requirements and processes.


Additional Requirements:

  • The successful applicant must be eligible to legally work in Australia and proof of eligibility may be requested.
  • Current Working with Children Check from the relevant jurisdiction.
  • Interstate travel may be required.

Application close date: 28 June 2019

Applications addressing the selection criteria can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Position Status: 

 Full Time (3 year fixed term)