Australia nationals: Policy Officer - Strategic Policy

Government of Australia

Adelaide SA, Australia 🇦🇺

Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Darwin NT, Australia 🇦🇺

Hobart TAS, Australia 🇦🇺

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Perth WA, Australia 🇦🇺

Sydney NSW, 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 problem solving to join teams working on 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 under direction with some autonomy. You will assist in policy research and analysis tasks, and policy design and development, including the provision of advice.

What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience

  • Knowledge of Commonwealth and/or state water legislation.

Skills and capabilities
Successful applicants will have the following: 

  • An ability to contribute to policy design and development, including the ability to investigate and source key information to support decision-making. 
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills, and a strong interest in learning how to craft and refine policy proposals and/or learning how to interpret and apply legislation and to contribute to legislative reform proposals. 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to deliver clear written policy advice. 
  • Good interpersonal and teamwork skills, and the ability to contribute to building and sustaining positive relationships with a wide range of both internal and external stakeholders. 
  • 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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