Senior Research Officer, Policy and Service Systems

Melbourne, Australia
15 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term

APS 5–6

Full-time or part-time


Do you love contributing to the design and implementation of high-quality research and evaluation projects? Are you passionate about the welfare of children and families? Do you want to be at the forefront of making a difference?

This role is for you, if you:

  • would love to work in a professional, flexible and welcoming team
  • want to enhance the understanding of Australian children, families and society
  • have experience working with qualitative research and/or evaluation
  • enjoy engaging with stakeholders in the community and government sectors.

Who are we?

We are the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian Government’s key independent research body and advisor in the area of family wellbeing, based in Melbourne CBD.

The Policy and Service Systems (PSS) team undertakes a range of research and evaluation projects designed to explore the effects and effectiveness of policies that affect children and families. The PSS area also includes the Families and Children Expert Panel project, a program of work dedicated to building the capacity of the social service sector to use evidence in service design and delivery, and to evaluate the outcomes of their services. As part of this project, the team provides a range of products and services that assist practitioners, policy makers and service providers to increase the use of evidence in policy and practice.

About the role

Senior Research Officers in the PSS team contribute to the design and implementation of high-quality research and evaluation projects, focusing on a range of issues relevant to children and family wellbeing and/or policy design and delivery.

As a senior research expert, you will undertake knowledge translation tasks including literature searches, synthesising existing research and the writing and preparation of publications, reports, short articles, webinars and other materials. Your position will also include taking a leadership role in stakeholder engagement.

You will ideally possess skills and experience in stakeholder engagement with the family and children’s service sector as well as qualitative research and/or evaluation. You will also have subject matter experience in one or more topic areas relevant to AIFS (and PSS) projects; for example, family relationships, program evaluation, out-of-home care, family violence, community development, communities and families and/or family policy and services.

There are two senior research officer positions advertised. One position will be offered on a non-ongoing basis for a period of 18 months (with the possibility of extension) and the second position will be offered on a non-ongoing basis for a period of 12 months (with the possibility of extension). Both positions are at APS Level 5–6 with a salary range of $72,070 to $88,827 per annum (full-time equivalent).

Working at AIFS

Work with AIFS to make a difference. Join with like-minded people to create, translate and communicate knowledge for impact.

AIFS provides a family-friendly workplace that supports the wellbeing and professional development of a diverse workforce.

In 2018, AIFS was rated in the top 10 of organisations in the Australian Public Service (APS) for wellbeing, innovation and engagement.

Some of the benefits of working at AIFS include:

  • flex leave for all staff between APS 1–6 classification levels
  • the ability to cash out or purchase additional leave
  • generous parental leave provisions
  • workplace health and wellbeing activities such as yoga, mindfulness, wellbeing sessions, flu vaccinations and a health promotion allowance
  • Christmas closedown period with no deduction from leave credits.

Our salaries and conditions of employment are set out in our Enterprise Agreement.

How to apply for this job

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Apply now! Applicants are being considered on a continual basis so please submit your application as soon as possible. Applications close midnight Sunday 28 April 2019.

Please email your AIFS application form, CV and covering letter to

For further information, contact Human Resources on (03) 9214 7888.

The Institute welcomes applications from the diverse Australian community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability, people of all ages and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.