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about the team 

The Emissions Reduction branch works collaboratively within the department and across agencies and other departments to develop and implement policies to reduce emissions in the land sector and deliver improvements to the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), a central element of the Government’s climate change policies. In joining the branch, the successful applicants will be part of a small, supportive, and collaborative division. 

The ERF and Governance team develops policy for the Emissions Reduction Fund and supports the Clean Energy Regulator. The Emissions Reduction Fund is a statutory scheme that incentivises activities that sequester or reduce emissions. The team works collaboratively across the department, with industry and the Clean Energy Regulator to ensure that the scheme has high integrity and operates effectively.  

our ideal candidate 

Our ideal candidate will: 

  • be able to resolve complex and sensitive policy and technical issues 
  • be able to make decisions and provide advice based on sound judgement, risk evaluation, high level analytical and problem-solving skills, your own expertise, and an awareness of the broader environment 
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be able to explain technical and complex issues in plain English 
  • be able to develop and build relationships, work collaboratively and negotiate outcomes with internal and external stakeholders 
  • have experience managing, developing, and supporting staff  
  • have experience managing strategic direction and competing priorities to achieve timely results 
  • hold a tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline, or commensurate qualifications and experience. 

what you will do 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to innovate, design and implement emissions reduction policy. The role involves consultation with internal and external stakeholders, across government, industry, and the broader Australian public.  

in this role you will:    

  • undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis to inform government policy 
  • provide advice to the government on the policy settings and operation of the Emissions Reduction Fund 
  • engage with stakeholders across the department and with other government agencies, industry representatives and land managers 
  • prepare briefing, papers and presentations for staff, the Senior Executive, the Minister and the independent Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee 
  • design and manage projects aiming at improving the operation of the Emissions Reduction Fund 
  • manage consultancies and contracts, including developing Approach to Market proposals and grant guidelines in consultation with the Business Grants Hub. 

The successful candidate may also supervise a small sub-team within the section to deliver on the team’s priorities. 


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens. The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under Section 33 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2022. This vacancy is open only to people with disability.

Successful applicants are required to provide evidence to confirm they are a person with disability. Evidence of disability is not to include information about the type of disability. Suitable evidence of a disability would be a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner.

the following documents would also be acceptable: 

  • letter from a Disability Employment Service or jobactive provider 
  • letter from a secondary or tertiary institution disability services unit in relation to a recent student. 

If the above documents are not available, a statutory declaration from the applicant can be accepted. 

security clearance 

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be provided with information regarding obtaining and maintaining a clearance at this level.

accessibility and reasonable adjustments 

The department is committed to ensuring our facilities, systems and work practices are accessible. Anyone with a permanent or temporary disability, injury or illness can request reasonable adjustments at all stages of their employment. 


  • This process may be used to fill both ongoing (permanent) and non-ongoing (temporary) roles. A merit pool may be established to fill future vacancies.
  • The department supports flexible working arrangements, and staff can apply to work a mix of hours from home and office locations each week.
  • Applicants should be aware that this role is a function affected by the Machinery of Government changes.

This means that while initially, you will undertake work as a Department of Industry, Science and resources employee or secondee, the position may later be moved to the newly established Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW). The position remains temporary – any movements to DCCEEW would be for a temporary period. More specific guidance on this will be provided to the successful applicant, prior to finalising the selection.

how to apply 

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information in your resume or other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel. 

When applying for this role, you will be asked to complete an online application form and upload your current resume. Your application will be reviewed, and if you are longlisted, you will be asked to participate in an interview on the Modern Hire interview platform. 

This will then be reviewed, and if you are shortlisted, we will invite you to attend an interview. 

We want to ensure you have everything you need to apply for this position. Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request.

contact information 

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Joanne Nathan via

learn more about the department 

The department offers a flexible, diverse, and collaborative workplace. We value everyone bringing their different backgrounds and points of view to work every day. We can give you a challenging and rewarding career with the opportunity to contribute to policy that affects all Australians – and the world. You can find out more about us and the work we do at industry.gov.au. 

From study support to generous parental leave and flexible work arrangements, your manager will work with you to help you along your career journey and achieve work-life balance. 

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic selves to work every day. We encourage applications people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people.

Advertised: 20 July 2022

Applications close: 17 August 2022

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