First listed on: 11 January 2019

Associate Director, Government Relations

  • Work on big picture federal and state policy issues
  • Build and maintain relationships with key government stakeholders
  • Full time, five-year fixed term senior staff position
  • Based in Melbourne, North Sydney, Canberra or Brisbane

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Rome.

The Office of the Director of Government, Policy and Strategy is responsible for managing high-level public policy issues and government relations on behalf of the University.

The University is seeking an Associate Director, Government Relations to strengthen existing relationships with government stakeholders, represent the University’s interests and support policy development, including through written submissions.

The Associate Director works closely with the Director and the Government, Policy and Strategy team to interact with the Australian political landscape and to provide strategic advice to key internal stakeholders, including the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

The successful candidate will have a well-developed understanding of structures and processes of government, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of the tertiary education sector is an advantage but not essential.

The role can be based at any of ACU’s capital city campuses and involves significant interstate travel.

An attractive salary package in the vicinity of $190,000 per year will be negotiated, commensurate with relevant experience, and will include salary, superannuation and leave loading.

Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.

How to Apply

To obtain the position description and to apply for this role, click the "Apply" link below. Applicants are expected to address all selection criteria listed in the position description.

For any inquiries in relation to the position, please contact Ashley Midalia, Director of Government, Policy & Strategy, at

All applications must be submitted online. For more details, visit 

Closing date: 10th February 2019 at 11.55pm AEST.


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