Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Advisor -

Water and General Policy

Be part of a team that makes a difference

Victoria's premier farmer lobby – the Victorian Farmers Federation - is seeking a Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Advisor – Water and General Policy for the provision of strategic and high level policy advice within the VFF Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Division.

About the role

The Victorian Farmers Federation is a national leader in agricultural policy. As Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Advisor – Water and General Policy advocating for and on behalf of members is a core function, as is managing stakeholders to demonstrate the benefits of VFF’s advocacy to the broader farming community. The identification of emerging issues and trends in Water and General policy and the development of strategies and priorities to support the interests of VFF members and all Victorian farmers are key requirements of this position.

This is a great opportunity to extend your policy development skills in a unique environment, and establish unrivalled industry and political networks.

In undertaking the Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Advisor – Water and General Policy role, responsibilities will include:

  1. Assist the Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy Manager in managing the development of policy and contribute to the development of water and general policy to ensure its successful implementation, including identification of issues, research and analysis, prioritization of research and policy development.
  2. Coordinate advocacy efforts to ensure there is consistent and effective presentation of the VFF’s position to Government and other stakeholders in relation to water and general policy.
  3. Proactively work with ‘key stakeholders’ (industry groups, politicians, bureaucrats, environmental groups), under the direction of the Manager Stakeholder, Policy and Advocacy to promote the Victorian Farmers Federation position on issues, through publications, events and the media.
  4. Provide operational level policy advice to the Manager Stakeholder, Policy and Advocacy and members of the Victorian Farmers Federation.
  5. Effectively communicate policy outcomes and positions across the business and to VFF members and other key stakeholders
  6. Communicate with VFF members in relation to policy issues, and ensure channels of communication are managed to provide feedback to the Victorian Farmers Federation
  7. Provide executive support to the VFF Policy Council, sub-committees and other Councils and committees as directed by the Manager Stakeholder, Policy and Advocacy.This shall involve attending to Committee administration, liaison with members and the Chairperson, preparing Agendas as required for meetings, producing minutes and circulating information as needed
  8. As directed by the Manager Stakeholder, Policy and Advocacy, prepare submissions and correspondence
  9. Other duties as required

Skills and experience

The successful applicant will have tertiary qualifications and/or significant experience in General Policy development, stakeholder management and lobbying.  

Experience in Water policy and an understanding of farming systems and natural resource management would be highly regarded.

Ability to establish networks within the agriculture sector.

You must be able to work collaboratively, possess a high level of motivation to work autonomously and the ability to work under tight deadlines.   

A demonstrated understanding of the agricultural industry and/or an interest in establishing a career in the agricultural industry.

Excellent oral and written communications skills. This role requires the ability to convey complicated ideas and policy justifications to a number of audiences and a number of formats.

This position requires demonstrated experience in a similar senior capacity, within a complex issue-rich work environment

This position will require a number of writing techniques to be employed, such as professional submission writing, magazine articles, and policy briefs.  An ability to write succinctly will be highly regarded.

As the role entails leading policy development within a Division, in consultation with elected members, well developed consultation, communication and negotiation skills are required,

This role entails liaising with executive, politicians, members and councilors and involves handling of confidential and sensitive information, the ability to maintain confidentiality and trust within the VFF is an absolute requirement for this role.

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Further details

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applicants must address the selection criteria in their application. The selection criteria can be found in the position description on the VFF website:  

For more information contact the VFF Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442 481 or

Applications close. Friday 26 April 2019

Manager Stakeholder Policy and Advocacy

Be part of a team that makes a difference

This peak representative organisation is seeking a Manager experienced in Stakeholder and Government Relations. The role is responsible for leading a team of five specialists in the development and delivery of stakeholder communications and advocacy strategy across industry, government and community to achieve the policy and member objectives of the organisation.

The position affords the successful incumbent a significant career opportunity to build their and the organisation’s profile with federal, state, and local Government, as well as across numerous sectors within the agricultural industry and its support sectors.   

About the role

The Manager Stakeholder  Policy and Advocacy has two core functions, the first being the development and delivery of stakeholder management & advocacy strategies, including media management, communications, and events, with the support of two specialist direct reports.

The second function is the development of the organisation’s positions or policies with respect to current or emerging issues, with the support of existing member structures and another two to three specialist support staff.

This role is responsible for creating and managing strategies for external communication, in addition to building and maintaining effective relationships with government representatives, industry, community, media and stakeholders. The role requires the development, implementation and coordination of the stakeholder policy and advocacy strategy across the organisation to achieve identified strategic, stakeholder management, policy, and industry objectives. Government relations and building relationships with members of relevant legislative bodies and key staff is core function of this role.

Skills and experience

Ideally you will have a recognised degree in agriculture, public policy, political science, stakeholder management, economics or other appropriate discipline.   Extensive experience in effective stakeholder management, lobbying, industry advocacy, and or Government relations.. Significant management experience leading multifunctional teams is also required.

Further details

Remuneration commensurate with experience.

The key selection criteria can be found in the position description at:   

Applicants will need to provide a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

For more information contact the : 1300 442 481 or

Applications close 5pm Monday 29 April 2019