Date Advertised
Job Type
Full Time Job Ad
Job Level
Mid Level
AUD 65,000 +
Skills Required
Digital Media, Events, Marketing & PR, Writing, Branding, Media Analysis, Social Media Marketing, Environment, Communications


Sydney, 2000
New South Wales, Australia

Communications and Media Officer

Sydney, New South Wales

THE JOB The National Mental Health Commission was established on 1 January 2012 and is a small independent Commonwealth agency in the Prime Minister’s portfolio. The Commission office is located in the Sydney CBD. The Commission is seeking a communications professional to assist in managing its communication and media activities, particularly in the lead up to the release of Australia’s first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in late 2012. Reporting to the Communications Adviser, the role is wide reaching and involves hands on communications and media support across online media management, proactive media handling, strategic thinking, speechwriting, and relationship management. Candidates with particular skills and interests in online strategies, including website and social media management will be highly regarded. In addition to a good understanding of communications and media, you will need to be a highly motivated self starter, a clear communicator with strong interpersonal skills, and be committed to the delivery of responsive communications support. As a ‘start up’ this is a great opportunity to make your mark and contribute to innovative communication efforts around Australia’s first National Mental Health Commission and National Report Card. SPECIFIC TASKS INCLUDE ASSISTING WITH: • the Commission’s website and other social media strategies; • the implementation of the Commission’s Communications Strategy and development of a specific communications and media strategy to promote the National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (the Report Card); • development of the Commission’s Stakeholder Engagement and Participation Strategy; • relationships with the Commission’s stakeholders, including members of the media; • development of new and innovative approaches to media and communications activity to promote the Report Card and connect with various audiences, including Indigenous and CALD communities; and • preparation of media and other supporting material including press releases, talking points, web text, newsletters and speeches for Commissioners and senior staff Particular expertise in managing website content and developing and delivering social media strategies will be highly regarded. TO BE A SUCCESS IN THIS ROLE YOU WILL: • Have demonstrated experience in a media and communications role, preferably within a community services, health or social justice organisation; • Be able to think creatively and innovatively about media and communications activity and promote new ways of doing things; • Be highly motivated and committed to managing the delivery of high quality communications support to a small, focused team and in a dynamic and challenging environment; • Be able to analyse , translate and communicate complex information in ways that are easy to understand and are accessible to different audiences; • Lead by example and demonstrate the ability to drive best practice in all aspects of work; • Understand the important contribution that efficient and effective communications can make to the operations of the Commission and its public accountability; and • Have the highest standards of personal integrity and be committed to social justice. ELIGIBILITY/OTHER REQUIREMENTS To be eligible for engagement, you must be an Australian citizen. The position is subject to a security assessment and the position may be filled on application and referee reports only. HOW TO APPLY Candidates should apply by submitting their CV/resume and response (750 word limit) by COB 15 June 2012. Please provide a brief statement of why you would like to work at the National Mental Health Commission and what specific skills, experience and personal qualities you can offer the Commission in Communications and Media.

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