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Senior Policy Officer, APS Level 6, Economic and Analytical Services

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Economics, APS Level 6

About the team

The Spatial Data Policy Section collaborates with a range of stakeholders to coordinate and develop strategic spatial data policies.

Spatial data (or location-based data) includes, but is not limited to geocoded address data, administrative boundaries data, land parcel and property data, geology and geography data, and earth observation data.

Access to high-value spatial data at the national level can help drive innovation and digital economy outcomes in the business, research and government sectors. Spatial data underpins key economic activities throughout Australia and drives contemporary services in sectors as diverse as transport, agriculture, finance and government service delivery.

Spatial information is becoming increasingly important to the services Australians consume every day. The information is no longer used just for mapping and visualisation, but now needs to integrate seamlessly with other data to drive the analytics and modelling that underpins policy development and decision making.

The Spatial Data Policy section:

  • works with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that Australia’s management and use of spatial data remains at the forefront of international best practice
  • provides strategic advice to the Government about spatial data priorities in alignment with other key agendas including the public data, digital economy, smart cities and innovation agendas.

Our ideal candidate

If you are passionate about developing strategic spatial data policies to enable innovation and digital economy outcomes then we want to hear from you!

Our ideal candidate will have demonstrated:

  • high level written and oral communication skills and experience
  • strong conceptual and analytical skills for policy development and advice
  • project management skills and experience with demonstrated successful outcomes.

You are:

  • a highly skilled professional who is enthusiastic, motivated and committed to delivering high quality outcomes
  • a strong team player who can also work independently, using your initiative to achieve outcomes
  • able to prepare complex and sound advice to a high standard, and can work effectively under pressure and in a dynamic environment
  • able to use your people and communication skills to build relationships and networks with stakeholders, that you draw on, to help develop options and deliver priorities.

What you will do

Applicants will have demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills and experience; strong conceptual and analytical skills for policy development; and project management skills and experience.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • undertaking research and analysis and preparing sound policy advice and briefing on spatial data issues, policy, and strategy for executives and Ministers to a high standard and on time
  • managing stakeholder and client relations, both internal and external to the department
  • supporting secretariat functions and briefings related to the Australia and
    New Zealand Land Information Council, which develops policies and strategies at the national level for access to and use of spatial information
  • implementing open data policies by facilitating access to high-value spatial data at the national level
  • supporting coordination of the development of open spatial data standards
  • taking responsibility for driving allocated work and supporting management to achieve outcomes.

Previous experience in spatial data policy is desirable but is not essential.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This process is being used to fill a current APS Level 6 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing APS6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Judi Dawton via or (02) 6102 8057.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life.  Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual.  Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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