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Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Project Officer – Livestock (Graduate)

About the role
The Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Project Officer reports to the Commodity Manager – Livestock and works closely with the Livestock team to help develop policy, communications and manage projects that support Livestock Group policy.

The role involves helping develop Livestock Group communications activities, including social media, newsletters, farmer information nights, the website and the annual conference, as well as assisting with the development and management of projects to support Livestock Group policy and the livestock industry.

The role also involves research, analysis, development and drafting of policy positions, and implementation of policy on behalf of the Livestock Group, including communications and provision of advice to Council and Committees as required and consulting with the President of the Livestock Group as required.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the Livestock Group in the development of policy papers and ensure successful implementation, including identification of issues, research and analysis, communication and monitoring of outcomes.
  • Assist in the preparation of articles relating to Livestock Group policy and industry issues for newsletters, newspapers, media releases and social media, plus briefing notes, submissions and correspondence as required.
  • Maintain and develop contacts with appropriate officers in Government departments, ministerial staff, industry bodies and other organisations to promote the Livestock Group position on policy issues.
  • Develop and manage projects including monitoring expenditure and benefits, writing milestone and final reports, and liaising with stakeholders in conjunction with the Commodity Manager Livestock.
  • Assist the Commodity Manager - Livestock with organisation of Council and Committee activities, farmer information nights, the Livestock Group annual meeting and other events.
  • Monitor industry issues and debate in the media and parliament relevant to the beef, sheep and goat commodities and keep the relevant stakeholders within the Livestock Group advised on these matters.
  • Co-ordinate, prepare and distribute agendas, minutes, correspondence, invitations and issuing notices in a professional and timely manner.
  • Advise the Stakeholder Media and Communications Advisor of changes to the Livestock Group content of the VFF website.
  • Provide support to the Livestock Group Policy Council and sub-committees/working groups as directed by the Commodity Manager - Livestock. This will involve liaison with members and the Chairperson preparing Agendas for both face to face meetings and teleconferences as required and producing Minutes and circulating information as needed.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of management and operational systems and guidelines and work practices.
  • Understand the IMIS member database and its application to the membership system.
  • Assist the Commodity Manager - Livestock with seeking and managing sponsorship for Livestock Group activities, including farmer information nights and the annual meeting.
  • Participate in industry events representing the VFF Livestock Group.
  • Other duties as directed by the Commodity Manager – Livestock.

Key selection criteria

Experience and qualifications

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or demonstrated experience in policy development, agriculture or
    related fields. This role would be suitable for a graduate.


  • An ability to prepare accurate and informative documentation to communicate effectively with employees, contractors, managers, farmer members and the public.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent time management skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • A familiarity of the livestock industry and livestock farming practices would be an advantage.
  • Strong initiative and the drive to make the role your own and become a central support function for the team.
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • A positive, proactive and can-do attitude, with the ability to quickly learn and grasp new issues.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent time management skills.
  • As this role involves the handling of confidential and sensitive information, the ability to maintain confidentiality and trust within the Victorian Farmers Federation is an absolute requirement.
  • As this role involves some regional travel and overnight stays, a current Australian Driver Licence is required.

This is a 12 month maximum term position with a view to extension. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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