Australia nationals: Senior Policy Officer (Environmental Policy)

Queensland Government
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Policy & Legislation, Environment Policy & Planning, Environmental Policy and Programs, Brisbane City

Senior Policy Officers in the Environmental Policy and Legislation (EPaL) are responsible for developing strategies, policy and legislation to support the Queensland Government’s environment agenda. EPaL is involved in a range of the department’s activities, with a particular focus on the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and its subordinate legislation, and interactions with resources, natural resource management and planning legislation.

Specific project work addresses emerging environmental issues or regulatory failure using a problem solving approach incorporating analysis of environmental risk, problem definition, consideration of economic and social factors, regulatory impact assessment, consultation, development of alternative options and progression of legislation, amendments or other statutory instruments.


Specifically you will:

• Source and analyse information including data gathering, gap identification and interpretation of legislation and Government policy.

• Prepare and provide briefings and high-level professional policy and technical advice to senior officers for the Director-General, Minister and Cabinet (oral and written).

• Develop products including discussion papers, consultation strategies, briefing notes, submissions, reports, regulatory impact statements, correspondence and presentations.

• Develop legislation products such as drafting instructions, bills or regulations, explanatory notes and other parliamentary/cabinet supporting documentation.

• Draft project plans and plan workload and tasks to meet plans.

• Participate in cross-agency projects and/or multi-disciplinary project teams to resolve key policy issues.

• Liaise and negotiate with other agencies on a range of policy issues within a multi-disciplinary environment to ensure environmental outcomes are achieved and standards are maintained in government projects.

• Contribute to departmental position on issues for whole-of-government policy development processes.

• Contribute to a Queensland Government position on portfolio issues for input to nationally coordinated processes or national inquiries on specific issues.

The person we are looking for

The applicant will have completed a university degree in environmental management, science or law or agreed equivalent.

Seek advice from the nominated contact officer before applying if equivalency needs to be assessed.

If your qualification is from an overseas institution, you will need to attach a certified copy of the official recognition to your application.

For more information about obtaining official recognition of your overseas qualification visit

Within the context of the responsibilities described above, the ideal applicant will be someone who has:

• Demonstrated ability in researching and critically analysing environmental policy issues to identify solutions that are based on evidence and that are fit for purpose.

• Experience in managing projects to completion, including consideration of Government and Departmental priorities, managing stakeholder engagement activities and obtaining executive management approvals.

• Experience in applying key concepts and principles of legislation when developing policy responses.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a fast paced team.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders to deliver quality products or manage meetings. 

Applications to remain current for 12 months.

Further information

Please ensure you download all attachments and follow the instructions on how to apply.


Before applying for this vacancy please ensure you read the documents below.

307861 19 Attraction Selection doc. (Word, 107KB)

307861 19 Role Profile (PDF, 248KB)