The Royal Commission of Inquiry is committed to conducting its work with sensitivity and empathy.

Employing people from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experience is vital to helping the Inquiry in its work. 

From time to time the Commission receives applications from people who may have criminal convictions in their past. Given the nature and subject of our work, the Commission considers these on a case-by-case basis. 

We know that suffering abuse in care can have consequences across a person’s life. Sometimes the effects are crime and incarceration.

Because of the consequences of abuse in care, many people are unable to break that cycle. Hiring people with previous convictions is one way to change that. 

However, we take our obligations to survivors seriously and aim to do no harm.

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If you are interested in working for the Inquiry this page lists the current vacancies and instructions on how to apply.

Current vacancies

Communications Advisor (Fixed term until 2023)


Full Time

As an experienced Communications Advisor, you will play a critical part in our journey.  This isn’t your normal comms role; it’s an opportunity to work in a team aiming to make a difference for future generations of New Zealanders.  You will be responsible for implementing internal communications and be our Internal Champion – being a trusted source of advice and support on best practices for creating engaging communications for our internal audiences.

What will you bring?

You will be an experienced internal communication professional and excited at the prospect of applying all your skills and insights in order to have a real impact on our culture. You will be able to demonstrate your excellent relationship management skills and comprehensive range of highly developed communications expertise as you work with our directorates to deliver internal communications activities that encourage and support engagement.

This is going to be an extremely rewarding role, but there will be challenges along the way.  First and foremost, you will need to be resilient and empathetic, and possess the following skills, experience and attributes: 

  • Strong stakeholder engagement and relationship skills.
  • Excellent written skills.
  • Experience writing for a variety of channels.
  • Experience in a large, complex and ambiguous environment.
  • Video production skills.
  • Highly developed organisational skills including developing strategy, planning and implementation of work schedules. 
  • Proven ability to establish procedures, processes and systems.
  • Confident in culturally and disability inclusive approaches including tikanga Māori. 

Opportunities like this are few and far between; will you join us on our journey?  

The Royal Commission of Inquiry has a commitment to diversity.  We believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences. We aim to ensure that each and every one of our people has a sense of belonging within our organisation.   

About us:

The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry is about people, in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults, and their experiences of historical abuse and neglect in State care and in the care of faith-based institutions.  Over the next four years, the Commission will listen to stories about the experiences of people in care and examine ways to stop further abuse.  

Our Vision:

“Transforming the way, we, as a nation, care for children, young people and vulnerable adults in our communities.”

To apply:  Please include a cover letter with your application.

Applications close: 4 October 2019, 5pm.

For further information please email

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