Policy Officer

North Ryde, Australia
$99,739 to $108,139 gross p.a. (HEW 7), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
30 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
  • From $99,739 to $108,139 gross per annum (HEW 7), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Full time & continuing role. High performing team.
  • Macquarie University, Wallumattagal campus, North Ryde location. Hybrid working arrangement.

About Us

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 58 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we've grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community.

Each staff member can play a part in delivering Macquarie's strategy no matter what they do. Risks are managed more effectively when everyone understands their purpose, the governance that applies to the way we conduct ourselves and the policies that guide our actions. Our strategic initiatives provide impetus for a culture change, focusing our efforts on what's important as we engage with the world and our students. Come join our Governance Services team and be a part of a world leader in the higher education sector.

About You

You are good at multi-tasking and prioritising demanding workload to meet conflicting deadlines. You will be analytical with the ability to extract insights from data to present actionable information and informed decision making.

Equally important will be your strong communications skills and ability to build and manage effective relationships with a wide range of internal, including the ability to influence to achieve outcomes.

Position Purpose

The position is responsible for the provision of high-level policy services to the University community including advice, guidance, and co-ordination of the policy review cycle.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide high-level advice and guidance to staff on policy development, interpretation, approval processes, and implementation, in order to embed good policy practice.
  • Coordinate the policy review cycle.
  • Develop detailed knowledge and understanding of the interrelationships between the University's various policies, procedures and supporting materials in order to provide advice to stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the identification, development, and implementation of improvements to systems, processes, and protocols that support the centralised policy framework including new policy development, review cycles, and updates.
  • Manage the Policy Central system and supporting systems, and ensure that information is current, accurate, and complies with the University's policy framework.
  • Respond to inquiries on a range of policy-related issues in a professional and efficient manner.
  • Undertake research/benchmarking, provide relevant statistics, and prepare recommendations and reports to provide solutions to policy gaps and issues.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key internal stakeholders.

Required skills, knowledge, and experience

  • Relevant qualifications and/or equivalent relevant knowledge, training, and experience.
  • Advanced computer skills including data management systems, Microsoft Office, internet.
  • Understanding of the higher education environment.
  • Interpreting and applying legislative and business requirements, rules and regulations in the development of policy and procedures.
  • Managing complex tasks within deadlines.
  • Ability to manage conflicting priorities
  • Building and maintaining stakeholder relationships, including at a senior level.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Working in a team environment and autonomously.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online and attach your resume and a separate cover letter that outlines how you meet to the selection criteria below. Your cover letter should be no more than 2 pages in length. Applicants who fail to respond to the selection criteria, or provide more than the required pages in response, might not be considered for appointment.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant qualifications and/or equivalent relevant knowledge, training and experience
  • Extensive experience in a large and complex organisation
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, policy development and implementation
  • Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining key stakeholder relationships
  • High level organisational and time-management skills with proven accuracy and attention to detail
  • Highly proficient skills in the standard Office software and databases.


  • Experience in the use of policy development and management systems.

Role-specific Enquiries: Ellen Carlson, Policy Manager via ellen.carlson@mq.edu.au

General Enquiries: Virankita Khosa, HR Consultant via virankita.khosa@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: Sunday, 16 October 2022 at 11:59 pm (AEST)

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