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Media and Communications Officer – APS Level 5/6, The Office of Innovation and Science Australia

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 5, APS Level 6

About the team

The Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA) is looking for a highly motivated Communications Officer.  The position will assist the Media and Communications Manager and is an exciting opportunity to help shape the public discourse on innovation, science and research matters in Australia. The successful candidate can expect to prepare and shape public communications products including speeches, media releases, web and social media content, and engage with high level stakeholders across government and the private sector.  If you enjoy a fast pace and energetic work life, this job may be for you.

Our ideal candidate

The successful applicant will be articulate, creative and responsive with the ability to achieve high quality and high impact communication outcomes for the ISA Board.

The successful applicant will be a results driven individual who has proven experience in delivering a range of communications products, managing social media channels and handling media issues. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as is liaison and stakeholder engagement experience. Experience in successfully developing and implementing communication, media and engagement strategies, briefs and speeches is highly desirable.

What you will do

This position is essential to the ISA Board’s ability to positively influence the national debate on innovation, and help make Australia an innovation-strong nation. The successful candidate will work to the OISA Media and Communications Manager in a small, agile team under the leadership of the CEO of OISA and the Innovation and Science Australia Chair.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Manage OISA’s social media channels and activities, including relevant strategies and policies
  • Draft rich content for products such as speeches, talking points, media releases and op-ed pieces for distribution through a variety of channels
  • Develop or assist as required, in implementing and evaluating communication and engagement strategies
  • Provide advice and assistance to staff on communication and public relations activities including advertising, videography and design work
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including Ministers’ offices, media contacts, internal business areas and community groups to ensure communication requirements are met
  • Support other team members on joint projects when required.


Degree or Diploma in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related discipline and/or demonstrated experience in a public relations, journalism or corporate communications role is desirable.

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the Department, applicants must be Australian citizens.

About this position

This recruitment process is being used to fill a current non-ongoing APS Level 5/6 position. The successful candidate will be engaged at either the APS 5 or 6 level, commensurate with their skills and experience. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term for an initial period of up to 9 months.

Security Clearance

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

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. detail about three (3) professional achievements, within the last 5 years, that you are proud of (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words) You are also required to provide your current CV with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact the OISA Director Policy and Operations, Ms Julia Freeman, via email or phone (02) 6102 9338.

Learn more about OISA and the Department

The Office of Innovation and Science Australia exists to support the Innovation and Science Australia Board. It is housed for administrative purposes in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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.

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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