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about the team 

The Trade and International Branch gives strategic direction to the department’s international engagement efforts, both bilaterally and in relevant multilateral forums, to enhance Australia’s trade competitiveness.  

We work on trade facilitation efforts, including international standards and conformance policy, trade policy outcomes through our engagement in free trade negotiations, Australia’s anti-dumping policy, and trade programs, including tariff concession programs and industry tariff policy. We also support our officers working in diplomatic missions overseas and incoming and outgoing ministerial travel programs. 

our ideal candidate 

We are looking for a dynamic, outcomes-oriented policy officer with experience or interest in international policy to help deliver on the department’s global engagement agenda.  

you will have: 

  • a strong appreciation for Australia’s global interests and objectives 
  • strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • a natural ability to develop and sustain strong and productive networks within and across organisations. 

what you will do 

As a Policy Officer, you will: 

  • support the team in developing and delivering policy objectives and outcomes relevant to the section’s responsibilities 
  • write documents, including briefs and talking points, for internal and external use 
  • develop and sustain productive and positive working relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders 
  • contribute to a positive and respectful team culture 
  • undertake other duties as directed. 


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 must provide evidence to confirm they are a person with disability. Evidence of disability is not included 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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