Principal Midwifery Officer

Principal Midwifery Officer

Australian College of Midwives
Closing Date
Fri, 19th March 2021
Position Type
Full Time

Position Title:               Principal Midwifery Officer

Appointment:               Full Time

Commence:                  Immediate start

Hours:                           Full time; part-time applications will be considered on a Job Share basis.

Remuneration:             To be negotiated

Location:                       Canberra

About the Australian College of Midwives (ACM)

The ACM is the national, not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to lead the Australian midwifery profession. The ACM:

  • Advocates for midwives and midwifery;
  • Supports the professional interests of midwives;
  • Advances professional practice and education standards;
  • Provides marketing and communications to advance the ACM Mission; and
  • Ensures good governance and management of the ACM.

The ACM has branches in each state and territory and its activities are predominantly undertaken by professional midwives on a voluntary basis. Information about the Australian College of Midwives, including our vision and mission can be found at 

About the team

ACM is a vibrant and passionate member-oriented organisation with three offices in Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney. ACM is committed to national advocacy and representation; publications and other services to members; and supporting the Board of Directors and other ACM committees. Our staff liaise regularly with ACM’s volunteer branches and members as well as a wide range of other stakeholders, organisations, governments and individuals.

Position Description

Reporting to the ACM Chief Executive Officer, the Principal Midwifery Officer (PMO) is an executive position located in Canberra.

The position sits within and leads the ACM’s Midwifery Professional Practice Unit (PPU). The PPU provides high quality advice on policy, professional and clinical practice, regulation and practice development issues. As such the PMO will lead ACM’s response to midwifery policy issues and ACM’s clinical advisory services for members, health industry partners and ACM alliance members.

Along with other key individuals, the Principal Midwifery Officer will represent ACM at key forums of significance for midwifery and maternity services and works with ACMs state and territory branches to support and advise on their jurisdictional policy and practices, programs or emerging midwifery or maternity service issues. 

The Principal Midwifery Officer coordinates and advises on relevant midwifery and maternity care topics as well as convenes and coordinates the work of ACM expert advisory committees related to midwifery and maternity care.

Key Responsibilities

1.Lead and manage ACM’s Professional Practice Unit: 

  • Identify and respond to the professional needs of members based on legislative, regulatory, clinical and professional requirements through collaboration with the necessary stakeholders to ensure that expert advice is consistently given;
  • Coordinate, oversee and develop the ACM’s responses to policy matters;
  • Coordinate, oversee and develop ACM clinical guidelines.
  • Manage ACM’s response to contemporary and emergent midwifery and maternity care issues;
  • Manage, support, mentor and coach ACM Professional Practice Unit staff (including midwifery advisors) to ensure maximum contribution and personal success is experienced within the Professional Practice Unit.
  • Manage ACM’s midwifery programs and services including the Midwifery Practice Review (MPR);
  • Adapt and apply relevant research evidence to the policies, publications and professional advice offered by the ACM, including the translation of evidence into practice;
  • Engender a culture that is proactive, evidence informed, respectful and consistent with meritocracy management principles.

2.Act as midwifery advocate and provide advice to internal and external stakeholders on matters that impact on or are relevant to midwives or midwifery students. 

3.Establish, build and enhance strategic relationships with ACM members, ACM branches, government and industry stakeholders;

4.Deliver business outcomes:

  • Manage all aspects of the Professional Practice Unit’s business operations to achieve its targeted financial outcomes.
  • Achieve a paid-for-advice ratio of at least 10% of submissions to government.
  • Proactively identify and pursue new midwifery program, project and services opportunities to help diversify and grow ACM revenues and prominence.
  • Identify and pursue new midwifery projects, programs and services with government.
  • Meet or exceed agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and targets.

Essential Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will meet all of the following criteria:

1.A midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), with a minimum of 12 years midwifery/maternity care experience encompassing two of the following professional settings (a hospital, a midwifery group practice, private practice, midwifery education, or a policy position within a government agency).

2.Demonstrated understanding of contemporary midwifery practice, regulation and policy issues across a variety of settings;

3.Demonstrated ability to develop or influence emerging midwifery and maternity policy;

4.Demonstrated ability to establish, develop and maintain relationships with government and industry stakeholders;

5.Demonstrated ability to lead a team and to collaboratively work with and lead peers and other staff to prioritise and meet deadlines; and

6.Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to use a variety of mediums to engage professionally, persuasively, accurately and with impact.

Desirable Selection Criteria

Desirable non-essential section criteria include:

7.Membership of the Australian College of Midwives or demonstration of a clear commitment to the building of the midwifery profession through engagement and participation in relevant forums and initiatives; and 

8.Relevant post-registration tertiary qualifications.

Special conditions

The Principal Midwifery Officer:

  • May be required to work out of normal office hours on occasion. ACM has a Flexible Working Policy to cover these circumstances.
  • Will be required to travel within Australia and occasionally overseas.
  • Will be required to undertake a 6-month probationary period.
  • Must be committed to workplace safety, equal employment opportunity, equity and diversity and working in a culturally safe and sensitive manner.
  • Will undertake to maintain confidentiality in the conduct of their duties as per the terms of their employment agreement.

Applying for this position

Applicants are encouraged to discuss the nature and context of this position with the ACM CEO Luke Williamson. Luke’s contact details are:

M: 0402 237 357 


Applications should be made in writing and include:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself and addressing the selection criteria (limited to four pages);
  • A summary curriculum vitae; and
  • Details of two referees.

Applications should be submitted by email to:

The Australian College of Midwives is committed to equal employment opportunities and encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Applications close 19 March 2021


CEO: Luke Williamson.

M: 0402 237 357