Local recruitment: Principal Policy Officer Water Utilities

Government of New South Wales

Parramatta NSW, Australia 🇦🇺

  • Help lead the development of water utility policy and regulation in NSW
  • Clerk Grade 11/12 with salary starting from $128,473.00 + super
  • FTC until December 2022. Flexible location offering hybrid WFH arrangement

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is currently seeking a Principal Policy Officer to join its high performing team at Water Utility Advisory.

About the role

The Principal Policy Officer will develop high quality, timely policy advice on water utility issues and analyse regulatory mechanisms to ensure market settings for the water utilities market, both public and private, are optimised.

Reporting to the Manager Policy and Regulatory Reform and the Director Water Utilities, the Principal Policy Officer will manage the review of the Water Industry Competition (General) Regulation 2008, including analysis of the regulatory impacts of the proposed framework and undertaking stakeholder consultation. Ongoing, the role will advise on day to day water utility policy issues and actively contribute to the development of broader water utility policy and regulation.

The role will maintain productive and collaborative working relationships with water utilities, government agencies and industry stakeholders to identify and resolve issues relevant to water utility policy.

Being part of a collaborative team, you will contribute to the team’s success through continuous improvement in performance and compliance with all relevant policies and practices.

To learn more about the role, click here to view the role description.

About You

As a Principal Policy Officer, you will have relevant tertiary qualifications, demonstrated experience in policy development and regulatory review, and sound knowledge of government processes.

You will be analytical in your approach to your work, highly adaptable and able to undertake multiple tasks to meet ever-changing business priorities. You will have exceptional attention to detail and the ability to collaborate and consult with stakeholders, both inside and outside government, on complex and sensitive issues.

Ideally, you will have a good understanding of urban water policy issues and water utility regulation, including the Water Industry Competition Act 2006.

This represents a great opportunity for someone passionate about government policy and reform. Ongoing professional development and a supportive senior management will ensure your success.

About Us

The Water Group leads the NSW Government in providing confidence to communities and stakeholders with the transparent stewardship of water resources, provision of services and reforms that support sustainable and healthy environments, economies and societies across NSW.

Who is the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment?

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment brings together specialists in urban and regional planning, natural resources, industry, environment, Aboriginal and social housing and regional NSW.

We share a common goal to maximise the long-term wellbeing of NSW.

We do this by protecting and improving:

  • prosperity
  • environmental sustainability
  • safety and security
  • social inclusion and cohesion, and
  • attractiveness as a place for recreation and relaxation

We bring together the economy, environment, work and play, industry and recreation. This helps to ensure economic growth and job security considers the environment and character of our neighbourhoods and communities.

Applying for the role

Applicants must address their suitability by supplying an updated copy of their resume and a brief cover letter (no more than two pages) that outlines their skills and experience relevant to the role.

For further information, please contact Katye Jackett on [email protected].

Applications close on Wednesday 28 July 2021, at 11:55pm

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.

Our commitment to flexible working:

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is committed to ensuring the sector reflects the NSW community it serves. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity, and delivery of high-quality services. We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Our commitment to diversity:

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment recognises that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.