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about the team 

The Strategic Policy Division works to drive better policy outcomes across a diverse portfolio to achieve the department’s vision of supporting economic growth and job creation for all Australians.

We work on a wide range of issues and support the department to build compelling narratives and deliver effective policy, regulatory and budget strategies. Portfolio Strategy Teams lead engagement on cross-cutting policy, such as innovation, regulation, skills, workforce, and Indigenous affairs. 

We do this by building strong internal relationships, promoting inter-agency collaboration and trust, investing in policy capability to be more effective and forward-looking, and recognising opportunities to align effort to departmental, portfolio and whole government priorities. 

our ideal candidate 

All Portfolio Strategy Team members lead and contribute to projects that strengthen the department’s ability to deliver collaborative, informed, influential, innovative policy advice and solutions.  

our ideal candidate: 

  • thinks strategically, has strong conceptual skills and can quickly understand and provide advice on a range of policy and governance issues  
  • applies judgement and can recognise and make links between connected issues  
  • engages research and analysis skills to inform policy advice and has excellent written and oral communication skills  
  • demonstrates strong organisation and coordination skills and works effectively under pressure to manage conflicting priorities  
  • builds workplace relationships to support collaboration, and works through complex policy issues with colleagues to influence outcomes 
  • exercises initiative and acts with integrity to deliver results. 

what you will do 

In this role, you will: 

  • help embed strategic thinking as part of policy making across the portfolio 
  • influence external agency policy development and advance the portfolio’s strategic interests 
  • engage with stakeholders to identify common issues and support proactive efforts to understand and solve problems such as regulatory barriers to business growth 
  • contribute to internal and whole government processes such as the Federal Budget 
  • analyse the impacts of the whole of government policy and priorities (such as skills, infrastructure and regulation) and coordinate engagement with areas across the portfolio to drive thinking on cross-cutting policy issues and initiatives 
  • deliver timely and high-quality written and verbal briefing, reporting and analysis on issues both within and outside the department’s policy remit  
  • support strategic discussions and engagements with departmental Executives 
  • lead and manage staff as required to deliver these activities. 


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 team is based in Canberra; however, other locations may be considered for the successful candidate. 
  • 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 Adam Wright 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 the policy that affects all Australians – and the world. You can find out more about us and our work 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 a 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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