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Assistant Manager - 3 positions

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the team

The Strategic Policy Branch works with stakeholders in and outside government to develop policy thinking in the department and provide policy advice to our Executive and Ministers. We present a forward-looking and cohesive perspective of industry, innovation and science policy to promote economic growth and better living standards.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidates will be people centric, results driven and able to work closely with the departmental Executive, external agencies and stakeholders while maintaining a clear goal of providing exceptional and responsive advice. We are looking for professional, enthusiastic, highly motivated strategic thinkers who can demonstrate exceptional stakeholder engagement skills and capability in leading small teams, delivering results, building and maintaining relationships, problem solving, communication and personal drive. You will demonstrate a ‘can-do’, responsive and resilient attitude, willing and able to show leadership in adapting to changing circumstances and priorities.

What you will do


The successful candidates will be expected to deliver high quality work, consistent with the work level standards of an Executive Level 1 employee within the APS. Each candidate will assist in the management of a team, including through direct supervision of one or more team members. Activities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • writing policy papers under tight deadlines
  • managing consultation on policy issues of interest to the relevant section, both internally and with external stakeholders
  • writing briefs and a range of other material for a wide range of audiences.

In doing so, the successful candidates will be expected to:

  • apply critical and analytical thinking to develop and provide strategic, timely, evidence based advice on solutions to complex policy problems
  • bring insights into the drivers for business
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of government policy processes, including Cabinet and legislative processes
  • have strong and effective verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex information succinctly and produce quality written materials such as Ministerial briefs and other correspondence
  • have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • show leadership and work cohesively in a dynamic team environment
  • have sound organisational skills, including an ability to lead and work effectively in a dynamic environment, manage competing priorities and effectively meet tight timeframes.

Assistant Manager Quantum

A particular focus for this position will be:

  • assisting in the management of the Commonwealth’s interest in quantum computing and supporting the Commonwealth’s appointee to the Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd board
  • leading project work on policy around technology development, including Australia’s bourgeoning quantum eco-system.

In undertaking this work, the successful candidate will be expected to display strong attention to detail, interpersonal skills and conceptual ability. A robust understanding of intellectual property, corporate law, innovation policy, and/or sensitivities associated with emerging technologies would be an advantage.

Assistant Manager Innovation Strategy

A particular focus for this position will be:

  • assisting in the day to day work of the Innovation Strategy team, in particular supporting and coordinating briefing and communications on innovation policy, policy development and future innovation policy across the department.
  • leading project work, including on the exploration of mission-oriented policy approaches.

In undertaking this work, the successful candidate will be expected to display particularly strong oral and written communication, interpersonal and conceptual skills. A robust understanding of innovation policy and Australia’s innovation system and/or economics would be an advantage.

Assistant Manager Open Government Partnership (OGP) Project

A particular focus for this position will be:

  • supporting the implementation of the APS Engagement and Participation Framework, and the development and implementation of an open policy process – this includes playing an important role in developing an APS Engagement Hub and an Open Dialogue and Deliberation roadmap to discharge the department’s commitment under the second National Action Plan of the OGP
  • supporting the department’s involvement in the APS Review Committee’s Citizen Engagement stream.

In undertaking this work, the successful candidate will be expected to display particularly strong oral and written communication, interpersonal and conceptual skills.  A strong understanding of engagement and participation and the application of design thinking in the public sector would be of advantage.


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

Security Clearance

The Assistant Manager Quantum and the Assistant Manager Innovation Strategy positions require a Negative Vetting 1 security clearance.  The Assistant Manager Open Government Partnership Project position requires a Baseline security clearance.

The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

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 Lyndall Milward-Bason by email to or by telephone on 02 6213 6595.

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. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

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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