The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) WA is the state's leading voice in animal welfare.  RSPCA WA is managed locally but works toward the goals of the organisation Australia-wide. On an average day, we employ around 100 staff and we have the support of an amazing group of volunteers. Together, our team works diligently toward preventing animal cruelty.

About this opportunity

This role improves the welfare of animals through the development and implementation of strategic approaches in the areas of research, policy and legislative change, advocacy work and communications. 

This includes providing advice and recommendations for the organisation towards national and state debates and discussions and developing strategies and recommendations to translate animal welfare policies and campaigns into operations within the RSPCA.

This is a part time position up to 30 hours per week.   

About the role

  • Provide high-quality evidence-based information, advice and planning on animal welfare issues and prepare submissions to government and other external organisations on documents including codes of practice and guidelines.
  • Identify high priority areas for policy, legislative change and advocacy work.
  • Develop resources including content for communications and educational activities, in addition to assisting in responding directly to enquiries from stakeholders and members of the public.
  • Research and support national and WA based campaigns, media events and community engagement events and activities.
  • Contribute to cross-divisional animal welfare related project and campaign work.
  • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders to support and guide best practice outcomes in animal welfare.

Skills & experience

  • Well-developed research and analytical skills and experience employing a range of different research methodologies.
  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline OR equivalent level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with high attention to detail and the ability to present high quality information clearly.
  • Experienced in collaboration and negotiation particularly in the area of stakeholder liaison.
  • The ability to plan and prioritise a varied workload and meet fixed deadlines.
  • Experience within animal welfare and a good understanding of the animal welfare issues in WA.
  • A good understanding of the media industry.
  • Experience in government or a strong understanding of government agency protocol.

We confidently fight the good fight to prevent animal cruelty, we work hard, we're highly skilled, we believe in what we do and we have a great time doing it! Working at RSPCA WA you get to develop your career in a dynamic environment, where you are challenged and learn something new every day.


At RSPCA WA, we accept and celebrate our differences. We aim to create a diverse workforce where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. We believe it is in the RSPCA WA's best interests and those who work within it, to recognise the value of each individual and to combat prejudice, stereotyping and harassment.

How to Apply

For more information on the key responsibilities and requirements of the role, please access the Position Description here.

Apply via SEEK: Animal Welfare Policy Research Officer

Applications must include a concise CV along with a covering statement outlining the skills and experience you would bring to this role and your salary expectations.

Applications close:  Sunday 16 June 2024.