Senior Manager, Policy & Government Relations

  • Contribute to positive policy change for the built environment
  • Join Australia’s leading authority on sustainable buildings and communities
  • High degree of autonomy with flexibility on location

About us

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was established in 2002 and is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. Our mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. We work with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support our mission. We also educate thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. 

We employ over 50 staff and our national office is based in the 6 Star Green Star rated Barangaroo precinct in Sydney; but our flexible team works across Australia. In 2019 we were certified as a Great Place to Work and in 2020 and 2021 we were not only certified but listed as one of the top 50 Best Places to Work. For further insight from past and current employees on GBCA’s working environment, head to Glassdoor and SEEK company reviews.

For more information on how the GBCA is transforming the built environment, please refer to our website

Your new opportunity

Reporting to the Head of Policy and Research, you will be responsible for advocating and promoting policies and programs that support the GBCA’s purpose to lead the transformation of the built environment. Working with all levels of government across Australia, you will help to drive regulatory reform and grow the GBCA’s presence as an international leader in sustainable development. 

The challenge in this role comes with your ability to effectively advocate across a range of complex issues, and to develop relationships and strategic alliances with key industry associations and stakeholder groups. 

We are looking for a purpose driven individual who is passionate about sustainability and the built environment.

This is a full-time role with a high degree of autonomy and the flexibility to work from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Your new responsibilities

  • Contributing to the development and implementation of advocacy strategies to support the GBCA’s strategic plan.
  • Identifying and building relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers across all levels of government.
  • Maintaining high levels of advocacy engagement to ensure involvement in relevant government policy.
  • Driving policy activities that improve the uptake of sustainability in the built environment and building social infrastructure partnerships.
  • Developing policy position papers and supporting the delivery of research projects.
  • Representing the GBCA at speaking engagements, conferences and events.

Your skills and experience

  • Tertiary qualifications in public policy, politics, law, sustainability, planning or relevant experience.
  • Minimum of eight years experience in government or advocacy-related roles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong understanding of key regulatory and policy frameworks that influence sustainability in the built environment in Australia.
  • Understanding of the property industry and a broad awareness of the challenges and opportunities for sustainability.
  • Strong understanding of the Australian system of government at Federal, State and Local levels and it’s practical application to regulatory and policy reform.
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging with a range of stakeholders and the ability to build strong networks within government at all levels
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Media training and experience in dealing with the media would be ideal but can be developed within the role. 


  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Health and wellbeing program including boot camp, pilates, yoga and mindfulness 
  • Up to an additional 5 days paid leave (Contribution Leave) each year 
  • Employee Discount Program (Rewards Gateway)

How to apply

Please apply through SEEK including a covering letter and resume.

Closing date for applications: COB 5.00pm on 16 September 2022.

For more information and a copy of the position description please contact Caroline Daley on Ph: 02 8239 6200.

We aim to create a diverse work environment where employee differences such as gender, age, culture, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and religion are valued.