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Senior Policy Officer, APS Level 6, Strategy and Policy, Australian Space Agency

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Policy, APS Level 6

About the team

The Australian Government established the Australian Space Agency (the Agency) on 1 July 2018 to put in place a long term structure to support the growth and transformation of Australia’s space industry. The purpose of the Agency is to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry that lifts the broader economy, inspires and improves the lives of Australians – underpinned by strong international and national engagement.

The Agency’s governance arrangements are outlined in it Charter. It is a non-statutory, whole-of-government entity located within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Responsibilities of the Agency includes providing national policy and strategic advice on the civil space sector; coordinating Australia’s domestic space sector activities; leading international space engagement; supporting the growth of Australia’s space industry and the use of space across the broader economy; administering space activities legislation and delivering on our international obligations; and inspiring the Australia community and the next generation of space entrepreneurs.

In conjunction with the Australian Public Service (APS) Code of Conduct and Values, the Agency has specific values that guide how we conduct our business both internally and externally. It is expected that all staff of the Agency closely identify and embrace these values.

Please visit www.space.gov.au to learn more about the Australian Space Agency and understand our values.

Our ideal candidate

The Agency is a high performing, collaborative and fast moving team. The Strategy and Policy team is responsible for the development of the Agency’s national space strategy and policies. The team develops concepts and proposals for new initiatives to support the growth of Australia’s space industries, as well as engagement, consultation, and coordination with other Government agencies that operate in the space domain.

The successful candidate will demonstrated the following skills and experience:

  • Strategic policy development and implementation
  • Stakeholder engagement with state and federal government or industry
  • Program design and administration
  • Project design, management and leadership
  • Government procurement and contract management.

In an often fast paced environment, preparation of high quality briefs, meeting papers, policy documents, cabinet documents, contracts and research reports in a clear, concise and articulate manner that is appropriate to the medium and intended audience is essential.

Characteristics highly regarded are:

  • ability to think strategically
  • experience in the design and delivery of grants or other industry assistance programs
  • a proven ability to engage and work collaboratively with other Government agencies, such as central agencies, DFAT as well as security agencies such as Defence
  • experience in the use and application of data for the development of evidence based policy
  • sound judgement, discretion and attention to detail, given the potential exposure to sensitive conversations and information
  • the ability to coordinate work priorities and work with limited supervision
  • a willingness to learn and investigate information from a variety of sources
  • flexibility to adapt to change and uncertainty
  • judgement to identify conclusions and solutions for decision by management
  • a commitment to achieving quality outcomes.

What you will do

Key responsibilities of the role will involve managing or working with others to support the strategic direction and required outcomes of the Strategy and Policy team’s work including:

  • with guidance from managers, have day-to-day responsibility for the design, development and delivery of strategic policies and measures to support the growth and development of Australia’s space industries
  • contribute to, or oversee, the development of public facing documents such as the State of Space report
  • support the roll-out of new initiatives such as the International Space Investment initiative
  • draft briefs and presentations for the Agency’s senior executive, the Minister, and Cabinet
  • support the development of sector strategy and technology roadmap documents
  • oversee the day-to-day work of junior officers and contract staff.

While day-to-day work is anchored in the Strategy and Policy team, the Agency operates in a dynamic environment, and it is expected that the successful candidate will flexibly support work in other teams such as the National and International Engagement Team, and the Program and Capability team.

Eligibility

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

You must have tertiary qualifications or be on the way to achieving tertiary qualifications in an economic, engineering, statistical analysis or government related qualification (such as public policy or international policy).

Security Clearance

This position requires a minimum baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. The Agency may determine that a higher classification is required and will organise this if required.

Notes

The Australian Space Agency is advertising five roles, each unique to the position. Applying for one position does not automatically indicate your interest in other roles. You will need to submit applications for each role you are interested in.

All roles are based in Adelaide central business district.

A candidate information session for all available roles in the Australian Space Agency was held on 11 April from 1pm – 2pm at the interim offices of the Australian Space Agency, 26 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

View an overview of the recent information session [3.94MB PDF] [8.99MB DOCX]

Candidates that are shortlisted for interview will be advised in late May/early June.

The Agency intends to create a merit list for all advertised roles that can be used to fill future vacancies.

Applicants who have previously applied for roles within the Australian Space Agency under previous recruiting rounds are welcome to apply again, as the criteria differ for these roles.

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 a combined response to the questions of 700 – 1000 words:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role.
  2. How you see the Australian Space Agency’s role in growing the space industry in Australia.
  3. tell us about three (3) professional achievements that you are proud of.

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 Anntonette Dailey on enquiries@space.gov.au or via 02 6276 1166.

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 recruitment@industry.gov.au 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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