Short Term Job Vacancy – Research Officer

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Job title: Research Officer – National Union of Students

Employer: National Union of Students (NUS) 

Job Type: Temporary Contract

Duration: 5/05/21 to 13/05/21

Weekly Hours:  21 hours (Flexible)

Classification: SUE 4.1 (NUS EA 2002)

Remuneration: $34,31 per hour

Sector: Not For Profit

Location: Online, Canberra

Supervisor: NUS National General Secretary

About NUS

Founded in 1987, NUS is the peak representative body for post-secondary students in Australia. NUS has affiliated student associations at campuses in every State and Territory. NUS advocates at a national level for a high quality, equitable and accessible higher education system, and is directed by its member student organisations and National Executive. In order to advocate for students at a national level, NUS is often required to respond and comment on proposed federal legislation in which research conducted by the NUS Research Officer greatly assists.

Since the implementation of Voluntary Student Unionism, individual student associations’ ability to conduct research has been limited and NUS has played a greater role in directing member organisations research, or conducting research on behalf of member organisations which have no capacity to do their own.

Position Overview

The NUS Research Officer will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of research conducted by the National Union of Students. This role will be for the duration of the Federal Budget Week. The NUS Research Officer will be required to analyse the Budget platform and assist the NUS National President in their duties.


  • Write a Budget Brief in a short turn around. (i.e. in 4-6 hours)
  • Write a Budget Reply brief in a short turn around. (i.e. in 4-6 hours)
  • Monitor major media outlets as well as journalists on Twitter.
  • Monitor and report any updates which relate to Australian Higher Education or students during the Budget week.
  • Work effectively as a team member, with a diverse group of student representatives, and to contribute to the goals and objectives of the National Union of Students.  

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience in research and coordination experience; or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training and/or experience.
  • Experience in writing research reports ( Preferably in politics or economics)
  • Ability to be self-motivated in setting tasks and meeting deadlines, and conduct, complete and present research projects within set timeframes.
  • Sound knowledge of technology relevant to fulfilling the research and report needs of the position.
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying culturally respectful and safe practices in the workplace and demonstrating respect and inclusiveness of culturally diverse people in all work practices.
  • Sound knowledge of the higher education sector and related student issues.
  • Available to work outside of regular working hours.
  • Can physically be in Canberra from 10/05/21 to 14/05/21

How to Apply

  • Please submit your application via email to
  • Please attach your Cover Letter (Essential), Resume (Essential) and relevant qualifications (Preferable) in the application.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.