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HACSU is hiring: Mental Health Allied Health Policy Officer


Are you passionate about advocating for mental health professionals and shaping policies that enhance their working conditions? Join us at HACSU (Health and Community Services Union) as our Mental Health Allied Health Policy Officer.

About Us

HACSU is the Victorian No. 2 Branch of the Health Services Union, representing Allied Health Professionals, Mental Health Nurses, Alcohol and Other Drug Workers, Disability Support Workers, and other direct care and support staff. We prioritise the growth and empowerment of our members by advocating for their professional and industrial interests.

The Role

As the Mental Health Allied Health Policy Officer, you'll be responsible for researching and developing sustainable policy responses to workforce challenges, particularly focusing on Allied Health. From advocating for fair wages to ensuring quality training and development opportunities, you'll drive initiatives that enhance workforce capacity and collective organisation.

Key Responsibilities
  • Researching and developing detailed policy responses to workforce issues.
  • Monitoring the impact of NDIS roll-out on the Allied Health sector.
  • Advocating for policy acceptance through strategic representation.
  • Building strategic relationships with government officials and stakeholders.
  • Contributing to decision-making processes and campaign alliances.
  • Collaborating with senior officials in political liaison activities.
  • Producing informative materials for staff and members.
  • Qualification in social research, policy, industrial relations, Allied Health, or other relevant area.
  • Strong research and policy development skills.
  • Progressive values and commitment to collective worker organisation.
  • Sound understanding of the NDIS, education and training models for the Allied Health workforce, and industrial/employment law.
  • Excellent communication and leadership qualities.

This is a part-time role (0.4 FTE) with an initial 12-month contract, subject to extension. 

The 0.4 FTE arrangement allows for flexible working hours totalling approx. 16 hours per week. The working schedule will be agreed upon with the successful candidate.

If you're currently employed under the Public Mental Health or Forensicare EBAs, you are entitled to apply for a secondment to work for HACSU:

"The Employer will, on application, grant leave without pay, in writing, to an Employee for
the purpose of secondment to work for the Union subject to the Employer’s reasonable
operational requirements. Such absence will not break service but not count as service for LSL purposes."
- Public Mental Health EBA clause 63.7/Forensicare EBA clause 74.7

Join Us

If you're ready to make a meaningful impact on the mental health sector and advocate for the rights of Allied Health professionals, apply now by emailing your CV and cover letter to Paul Healey at Please contact Paul for any questions or further information regarding the position.

HACSU is an equal opportunity employer and provides a smoke-free workplace.