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Policy Advisers

Policy Advisers – Strategic and Economic Policy Projects Branch

  • APS5/6 and EL1
  • Salary:$76,160 - $114,229 (note: a 1.9 per cent pay increase will come into effect for all staff from 28 March 2022)
  • Canberra
  • Ongoing and non-ongoing positions

A little bit about us

The Strategic and Economic Policy Projects Branch is the central policy hub within the Department. It provides evidence-based policy advice to ministers and the Department’s senior executive. The Branch usually works on short-medium term projects based on departmental priorities determined at the Deputy Secretary Level. This means that the Branch is engaged on a wide range of contemporary policy issues. In the last 12 months our work has focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation and arts sectors. 

The opportunity we have available

We have multiple vacancies for policy advisers at the APS5, APS6 and EL1 levels. This opportunity would suit any applicant with strong problem solving and communication skills. As a multi-disciplinary team we welcome a wide range of skillsets including but not limited to public policy, economics, law, data analysis and any field with strong research skills. We encourage applications from outside the public service (financial assistance to relocate to Canberra may be made available).

What will you do?

You will contribute to developing policy advice to Government in short-medium term projects determined at the Deputy Secretary level. This role is varied and dynamic, but typical duties include:

  • Research and analysis on priority issues (this can include general research or analysis of economic data, depending on your skills and experience)
  • Development of persuasive communications materials
  • Project planning
  • Stakeholder engagement, including delivery of workshops with internal and external stakeholders
  • Formal advice to Government such as Cabinet submissions and proposals for new policies and programs

What else can we offer?

  • Develop or master your public policy skillset and have the opportunity to learn new problem solving methodologies
  • Grow or master your data analysis and/or economic analysis capabilities through one-to-one mentoring with one of the Branch’s economists
  • Increase your professional network across the department and wider Australian Public Service
  • Improve your leadership skills, through the department’s Professional Coaching Scheme and tailored leadership opportunities for female staff members.
  • Flexible working arrangements where appropriate, including part time hours, home based work and job sharing

Who are we looking for? 

Our ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Takes responsibility for delivering outcomes and sees projects through to completion
  • Researches, analyses and interprets complex information
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Communicates clearly and prepares persuasive communication materials
  • Identifies strategic opportunities and manages project risks
  • Responds positively to challenging situations and a dynamic work environment.

At the EL1 level, successful applicants will be able to operate with a high degree of autonomy.


Further information

For further information on eligibility requirements and how to apply please visit https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/department/careers. Applications close at 11.59pm on 13 March 2021.


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