Australia nationals: Policy and Program Officers

Government of Australia

Australia 🇦🇺

If you like to be challenged and want to see real outcomes and progress from your work, a role in the Infrastructure, Framework and Delivery Branch will provide these opportunities and more. The work is often fast-paced, requiring team members to work flexibly in response to changing priorities, while maintaining a positive and supportive outlook. 

Who we are 
The National Water Grid Authority (NWGA) and Water Infrastructure division within the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water is responsible for delivering the Australian Government’s commitments under the National Water Grid Fund, to plan, identify and build the next generation of Australia’s water infrastructure. Evidence based decisions are a key component of how we work. The division is shaping national water infrastructure policy and delivering on the Government’s investment in water infrastructure that will help secure reliable supplies of water now and into the future while also strengthening climate resilience.

The Infrastructure, Framework and Delivery Branch is the exciting project delivery area of the National Water Grid Authority in the new future focused Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. The Branch works collaboratively across the APS, and with state and territory governments, to deliver the Australian Government’s commitments under the National Water Grid Fund. A role with the Branch would mean you are actively involved in delivering nationally significant water infrastructure projects that have real-world benefits for Australians in regional and remote communities.

The Branch consists of two sections, the Water Infrastructure Program section and the Program Development Unit. The Water Infrastructure Program section is responsible for delivering existing National Water Grid Fund projects. The Program Development Unit is responsible for investment strategy, including ownership of the National Water Grid Investment Framework (the document which outlines how the program operates), and the identification and prioritisation of water infrastructure projects. 

The Branch has a collaborative, fun and supportive team environment, with opportunities for professional development and to work flexibly. There are opportunities for travel to attend meetings and site visits that build relationships, improve understanding of infrastructure delivery and to see the on-ground impacts of our projects. Further information on the Australian Government’s investment in water infrastructure can be found at 

The Job
We are looking for energetic, proactive people seeking early career opportunities in the Australian Public Service. University Graduates and people with academic and broader work experience are encouraged to apply, public service experience is not necessary. The two sections of the branch offer diverse roles while working collaboratively to achieve successful outcomes.

Both sections work closely together and offer a wide range of opportunities, including:

  • supporting the team’s engagement with states and third parties on the delivery of projects
  • providing input advice to Government about the management of National Water Grid Fund projects and funding
  • contributing to high quality written material, including Ministerial and Question Time briefs, and senate estimate documentation
  • joining virtual and in-person meetings, including on project sites.

Working in the Water Infrastructure Program unit involves:

  • contributing to the management of a portfolio of major water infrastructure projects
  • drafting briefs for senior executive and ministers to support project delivery, including to contract new projects
  • supporting the payment of project milestones against the delivery of complex infrastructure projects
  • understanding critical issues and risks and working with senior staff on the development of solutions.

Working in the Program Development Unit involves:

  • supporting the team’s work providing advice to Government through the Budget process 
  • assisting with national policy and program development for the National Water Grid Fund
  • assessing future funding opportunities and contributing to the advice provided to Government on the merits of proposed investments.

What we are looking for
Skills and capabilities
The following skills and capabilities, or the desire to develop and build these skills, will be highly regarded: 

  • excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities
  • demonstrated use of sound judgement and problem-solving skills
  • attention to detail and organisational skills
  • strong communication skills
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Eligibility and other requirements
Citizenship â€“ To be eligible for employment with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water you must be an Australian citizen.

Security Clearance  This position requires a Baseline Vetting security clearance. You will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. 

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

Job Description

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