First listed on: 24 January 2024

Research Officer (Death Review)



ANROWS aspires to be an innovative research organisation with authoritative leadership and high impact to support the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032 (the National Plan). Our mission is to deliver relevant and translatable research evidence which drives policy and practice, leading to a reduction in the levels of violence against women and their children. 

ANROWS is funded primarily by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments of Australia to assist them in achieving the National Plan’s vision of women and children living free from violence and in safe communities.

About the position

The Research Officer (Death Review) will primarily assist the Research Manager (Death Review) to implement agreed activities under the partnership between ANROWS and the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network. The Research Officer (Death Review) will also support research projects or administrative tasks across ANROWS’s Research Program, as required.

This is a 1.0 FTE position, reporting to the Research Manager (Death Review), and is located at the ANROWS national office in the Sydney CBD. The appointment is for a 12 month fixed term from commencement with the possibility of extension, subject to funding.

Key responsibilities

  1. Support in-house research projects within the Research Program. This may include completing research administrative tasks; conducting literature reviews; collecting data; cleaning and analysing quantitative and qualitative data; writing content for research reports and other deliverables; 
  2. preparing project briefs and other planning documents; and undertaking professional development to meet the changing needs of the Research Program.
  3. Support the implementation of the ANROWS Research Program. This may include providing advice on research methods, data analysis and other research project components; supporting the administration of currently funded research projects; supporting peer assessment panels, advisory 
  4. groups and other similar structures; and undertaking contract management tasks and quality control activities.
  5. Support the implementation of the ANROWS Research Management System. This may include supporting the development of policies, procedures, processes and systems for the assessment, commissioning and management of research projects.
  6. Work collaboratively with other ANROWS team members, members of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network and other external stakeholders.
  7. Support capacity-building, networking and partnerships. This may include establishing and maintaining relationships with researchers and service providers; facilitating relationships between researchers, practitioners and policymakers; and promoting The Australian National Research Agenda to End Violence against Women and Children and ANROWS’s Research Program.
  8. Provide assistance to the Director, Research and Evaluation and other senior staff as required

Essential criteria

  • A postgraduate qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. social science, criminology, psychology, public health).
  • Well-developed research skills, including proven ability to write research reports, and experience collecting and analysing qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., Excel, SPSS, NVivo).
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, including the capacity to build and maintain positive professional relationships and partnerships with non-government and government stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people. 
  • Well-developed organisational and administrative skills, including a strong ability to monitor, track and report on research projects and achieve defined outcomes within strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the broad range of issues relating to domestic and family violence.
  • Understanding of issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQ and intersex people, and people with disability, as well as competence in working effectively with people in these groups.

Desirable criteria

1. Research or policy experience related to homicide and/or violence against women and children.
2. A track record of peer-reviewed published research

Remuneration and leave entitlements

The salary range for this position is $89,993 to $95,481 per annum pro rata plus 11% employer contributions to the employee’s chosen superannuation fund, with the option to salary sacrifice. ANROWS staff are entitled to four weeks’ pro rata annual leave, in addition to personal and sick leave. 


Applications for the position close at midnight on Monday 19 February 2024. To be considered for the position, applications need to include:

  • a covering letter addressing the essential selection criteria listed above
  • a resume.

Applications can be emailed to

Criminal history check

The successful applicant will be offered the position subject to a criminal history check (also known as a police check).

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