Australia nationals: Program Officer - Water Data Analytics & Reporting

Government of Australia

Australia 🇦🇺

  • Do you love data, technology and collaborative problem solving?
  • Are you passionate about improving data management and reporting?
  • Are you interested in working on some of Australia’s biggest water policy challenges?

Who we are 
The Water Policy Division provides leadership and strategic policy to ensure the sustainable future of our rivers and wetlands and the people who depend on them. The Division supports water reform initiatives in the Murray–Darling Basin and leads national water reform – working to future-proof Australia’s water resources and provide support to First Nations in our national water story.

The Water Reform Division was established in August 2022 to accelerate delivery of the Australian Government’s significant water reform agenda. The division is a key driving force for policy reform in the Murray–Darling Basin, implementing water market reforms and providing advice to the Commonwealth Water Minister on legislation.

The Water Data Analytics and Reporting team undertakes data analysis and reporting for water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and is responsible for the collection and review of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement (MERI) data for water programs. The team relies on high-level data management capabilities, water market expertise, sound judgement and project management skills to manage databases and reporting arrangements with relevant stakeholders, and to provide advice. These are busy and dynamic roles with significant responsibility.

The Water Markets Valuations team is responsible for:

  • Delivering water markets valuations, market intelligence, analysis and expert advice to support Basin Plan implementation and other business teams across the Water Group;
  • Providing water announcement assurance and training across the Water Group;
  • Providing advice to the Commonwealth on Foreign Investment Reviews involving water entitlements.

The Job
We are looking for motivated people who love data, technology and collaborative problem solving. 
This is a great opportunity to join a diverse and high-performing team within the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Your responsibilities may include: 

  • Assisting with systematically capturing, organising and, as appropriate, sharing water program data to improve decision-making for, and the transparency of, Basin Plan programs. 
  • Under limited direction, developing products to transform, model and visualise water related program data. 
  • Working collaboratively with other teams to provide sound data analytics to inform policy development, program design and implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. 
  • Developing data focused tools and processes to support policy advice, water market analysis, market intelligence and delegate decision-making. 
  • Preparing briefing and information materials for Basin Plan water recovery reporting activities. 
  • Undertaking desktop assessments and valuations to support internal water accounting and reporting. 
  • Implementing MERI data collection and analysis activities.

What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience
The successful applicants will have the following: 

  • An interest in and a well-developed ability to accurately interpret data. 
  • Good Excel skills, experience with databases, and the capacity to develop data analysis skills. 
  • A sound understanding of data management principles and an interest in improving data management and reporting arrangements. 
  • The ability to quickly develop knowledge to support MERI data collection for water programs. 
  • The ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • The ability to work as part of a high performing and harmonious team, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Skills and capabilities

  • Working with Power BI.
  • Knowledge of water policy, water markets and/or water resource management.

Desirable qualifications
Qualifications and/or experience in the following is highly desired, but not mandatory:

  • Computer science, information technology, statistics or a related field.

Eligibility and other requirements
Citizenship – 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.

Candidate Information Pack (PDF)

Candidate Information Pack (Docx)

Job Description

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