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Senior research officer - Aboriginal identified

Community Restorative Centre
Community Restorative Centre


  • Advocacy, Research and Policy Unit
  • Location: Canterbury, with some flexibility to work from home
  • Full-time (Part-time hours negotiable)
  • Contract to June 2024
  • Classified under the SCHADS Award Level 5, Paypoint 3
  • $92,773 gross per annum (Full-time) + super + generous salary packaging
  • Aboriginal Identified role
This Aboriginal Identified Research role is fundamental to continue research that achieves better outcomes for people impacted by the criminal justice system, including those related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.
Australia has the shameful reality of the highest percentage of First Nations peoples in custody across the world. We are committed to advocating for change to reduce the impact of the criminal justice system on First Nations peoples and are proud to support employment of First Nations peoples.

The Team

The Community Restorative Centre’s (CRC’s) Advocacy, Research and Policy Unit (ARPU) exists to achieve better outcomes for people impacted by the criminal justice system on both a service delivery and systemic level through reviewing, conducting, and translating research and evidence to guide CRC’s work, as well as agitate for broader policy and sector reform. The work we carry out is wide and varied and aims to be responsive to CRC’s needs and the political climate. Importantly, our work is informed by the lived experience of the people with whom we work, CRC staff, the wider NGO sector, as well as academic and expert partners.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Research Manager, you will make a significant contribution to research and evaluation studies focussed on issues pertinent to our clients and people impacted by the criminal justice system, including those related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.
A day in the life of a Research Officer might look like this, but every day will be different. You will be responsible for:
  • Undertaking the project management, administration and conduct of research and evaluation projects
  • Preparing research briefs, assessing proposals and commissioning research consultants as required
  • Preparing ethics applications to relevant ethics committees
  • Managing and facilitating Aboriginal research reference groups
  • Designing research and evaluation plans, methodologies and tools
  • Using CRC’s case management system to export data and conduct analysis
  • Analysing research data (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Preparing reports and presentations
  • Contributing to the interpretation of research and evaluation findings
  • Developing and maintaining internal and external relationships with research and evaluation participants and stakeholders.  
Why work for us?
  • Support programs that aim to break entrenched cycles of disadvantage, homelessness, and imprisonment for First Nations communities
  • Be part of a community-based agency that has been delivering effective services in our field for over 70 years
  • Join a dedicated, energetic team with a culture of flexibility, trust, integrity, and respect
  • Access additional Wellbeing Leave and hybrid working arrangements
  • Participate in Cultural Supervision for First Nations staff.


What do you need to join us?
It takes a special person to be a Research Officer. Our successful candidate will bring the following: 
  • To identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Sciences or other relevant discipline and/or relevant work experience
  • Workplace experience in conducting applied research and evaluation in the government, non-government or academic sectors
  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative skills
  • Experience in drafting research and evaluation materials
High level communication skills, both written and verbal
Strong interpersonal skills
Ability to critically think and productively engage in research projects
Ability to be self-motivated and work independently when required
Knowledge of issues relating to people impacted by the criminal justice system  
You will have demonstrated workplace experience on research and/or evaluation projects. You will be committed to always working in a culturally safe and trauma informed manner. Ideally, you will have a solid understanding of issues relating to people impacted by the criminal justice system.

You will have strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills across research design, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. Experience using statistical analysis software such as Stata or SPSS is desirable. You will be highly organised and be able to manage multiple competing priorities and tight time frames.

How to apply?

How to apply:
We want to hear from you! Do you have a passion for and commitment to listening to and amplifying the voices of First Nations Communities and people with lived experience of incarceration and want to help us build sector capacity to better respond to the needs of CRC clients? Apply today!
Click HERE to apply! 

Please submit your response to the selection criteria and upload a copy of your resume.
Applications will close once a suitable applicant is found so PLEASE APPLY NOW!
For more information and a copy of the Position Description, please email .
CRC considers being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification as specified under section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). 

Applications close: 21 Dec 2022

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