Policy and Projects Manager, Indigenous, Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand – Closing: 29 January 2021

Salary: Up to $61.85 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience, plus 9.5% superannuation and pro rata personal/recreation leave

Hours: 30 hours per fortnight

Employment status: Fixed term (currently funded only for 2021), part time

Preferred Location:

The OCANZ office, on Wurundjeri land, Melbourne, Victoria.  Remote working arrangements may be considered for suitable applicants, whether based in Melbourne or elsewhere in Australia, for some/all of working hours.

Closing date: 29 January 2021

Full position description:  Available at https://ocanz.org/about/employment-opportunities/


The Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) is a not-for-profit independent standards body for optometry education and training in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.  OCANZ is committed to improving the contribution of optometry accreditation functions to better eye health outcomes for First Nations peoples in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. We established an Indigenous Strategy Taskforce in 2018, which is currently enacting its second annual workplan. The plan includes strategies to strengthen the delivery of culturally safe optometry education, and working in partnership with stakeholders to increase the workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and M?ori optometrists.

The position is for a new member of the OCANZ team and will undertake activities to support the Taskforce and delivery of its workplan, as well as any Indigenous initiatives of the OCANZ Board. The duties of the role will include policy development, project delivery and monitoring, stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, evaluation and continuous quality improvement.

Selection Criteria


  1. Knowledge of the social and economic policy environment in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand and its impact on the health and wellbeing of First Nations people and communities.
  2. Demonstrated experience in working effectively and sensitively with First Nations peoples, organisations and stakeholders to deliver operational and business outcomes in line with the strategic direction of the organisation.
  3. Ability to recognise and value cultural knowledge and apply same to work tasks.
  4. Well-developed written and oral communication skills, preferably including experience preparing meeting papers and reports.
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage one’s own work outputs and to work independently to set deadlines.
  6. Demonstrated experience working in a policy and/or project management role, with prior experience within the Indigenous affairs, health and/or education sectors an advantage.
  7. Proven capacity to be a productive, efficient and supportive team member.
  8. Ability to be flexible re working hours and to travel (very occasionally) when required.


1.Tertiary qualifications in health, education, social sciences or related field or equivalent experience.

December 23, 2020


Posted by: Jordyn Townsend