Australia nationals: Senior Policy Officer - Strategic Policy

Government of Australia

Australia 🇦🇺

  • Are you a strategic thinker? 
  • Do you like legal and other policy problems? 
  • 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 Job
We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic people that love working through legal and other policy problems. 

The positions require people with some legal, economic or other significant strategic policy experience to support water policy development and legislative reforms. This is a great opportunity to join a diverse and high-performing team within the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

The successful applicants will undertake policy work that is detailed in nature, and work under direction with some autonomy. You will exercise both initiative and judgement in the interpretation of policy and in the application of practices and procedures. You will provide sound policy advice and assist in strategic planning and policy development.

What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience

  • Experience in major policy reform processes.
  • Knowledge of Commonwealth and/or state water legislation.

Skills and capabilities

  • Experience in policy design and development, and good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to craft and refine policy proposals, and/or interpret and apply legislation and contribute meaningfully to legislative reform proposals. 
  • Well-developed communication skills including the ability to deliver high quality written policy advice on detailed and sensitive issues to target audiences. 
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and experience building and sustaining cooperative and productive relationships with a wide range of both internal and external stakeholders, and as part of a team. 
  • An ability to work independently, identify priorities, goals and objectives, and manage risks to deliver consistently high-quality outputs to meet targets and critical deadlines. 
  • A commitment to continuous improvement, working in new ways and a demonstrated ability to implement and respond positively to change.

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

  • Qualifications in law, economics, natural resource management, science or public policy.

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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