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about the team 

The Industry Growth Division is responsible for both policy and regulatory functions, working strategically to encourage industry capability, competitiveness and innovation efforts. The division delivers a range of policies and programs focusing on supporting Australian industry to be sustainable, resilient and to grow to their full potential.  

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Building Sector team. The team is responsible for building policy issues, the Building Ministers Meeting, and reviewing the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010. The team works closely with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), state and territory governments and industry bodies, on regulatory matters and emerging issues in the building sector.  

our ideal candidate 

Our ideal candidate is enthusiastic about applying their skills and working with colleagues to achieve goals, making them a motivated and trusted member of the Building Sector team.

we are looking for someone with:  

  • a proven ability to work as part of a team, show initiative, and learn and apply new skills 
  • excellent stakeholder management skills, with experience liaising constructively with a range of internal and external stakeholders such as Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry representatives and the private sector  
  • strong organisational skills, including an ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment, manage competing priorities and meet tight timeframes
  • strong written and oral communication skills, including an ability to undertake research and analysis, and distil and communicate advice 
  • sound judgement in problem-solving and thinking critically about issues. 

While prior work experience or qualifications related to the building sector are well regarded, they are not required to be successful in this role. 

what you will do 

As a Senior Policy Officer, you will develop a strong understanding of the key issues affecting the Australian building industry, gain experience in the development and implementation of new policies, and be able to work autonomously on tasks that are complex in nature. 

Specific duties will include:   

  • providing secretariat services for the Building Ministers Meeting including organising meetings, managing group email boxes and developing and distributing meeting papers, agendas and minutes 
  • undertaking research and analysis to support complex policy development, implementation and evaluation 
  • producing high-quality work, including written materials such as briefs, correspondence, committee papers, communiques and reports 
  • developing and maintaining strong working relationships, particularly with other Commonwealth agencies, state and territory governments, industry representatives, and the private sector
  • representing the division to influence whole-of-government issues relating to the building sector. 


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. 

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 Joshua Leach 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.

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