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Policy Officers, APS Level 6, APS Level 5, Science and Commercialisation Policy Division

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 5, APS Level 6

About the team

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Science and Commercialisation Policy Division supports the development of strong scientific capability, business innovation and the commercialisation of new ideas as critical requirements for productivity and economic growth. It works to set Australia’s innovation, science and intellectual property policy agenda, including development of initiatives relating to commercialisation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capability, international engagement and collaboration within the national innovation system. The Division also hosts the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Several ongoing vacancies currently exist across the division, including in:

Science Policy Branch – teams develop and implement policy that supports the engagement of all Australians with STEM, addresses gender inequity in the system, and underpins the effective functioning of science advisory and coordination mechanisms. Teams also support the governance and sustainability of our publicly funded research agencies.

Commercialisation Policy Branch – teams work collaboratively to develop and implement policy that supports business innovation and commercialisation of new ideas, including collaboration between businesses and researchers and Intellectual Property. The branch collects data on the innovation system and supports the Government’s interactions with Innovation and Science Australia, an expert advisory board on innovation matters.

Office of the Chief Scientist – supports Australia’s Chief Scientist in his role as an advocate and champion for Australian science internationally and domestically, and in providing high-level independent advice to the Prime Minister, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology and other Ministers on matters relating to science, technology, innovation and education. The team provides research, analysis, and briefing material to support the Chief Scientist and contributes to the production of evidence-based input and advice to government on policy issues.

This process may be used to fill other ongoing and non-ongoing positions across the Division.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking team members who:

  • can undertake analysis, think strategically and provide high level policy advice on science and commercialisation issues
  • can manage projects in a timely and efficient manner
  • enjoy working in a fast paced environment while managing competing priorities
  • can engage, collaborate and negotiate effectively with multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • can use and analyse data to support policy development
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

What you will do

The Science and Commercialisation Policy Division is looking for capable APS Level 5 and APS Level 6 Policy Officers, to work on a range of science and commercialisation policies and projects.

In these roles you will use your critical thinking, communication and stakeholder engagement skills. Depending on the team, your responsibilities may include:

  • undertaking research and analysis to support complex policy development, implementation and evaluation, including analysis of quantitative metrics
  • producing written materials such as ministerial briefs and correspondence, other briefs, policy and research papers and communications products
  • working with a wide range of stakeholders to meet policy objectives, including businesses, researchers, internal program delivery partners and across government
  • managing contracts or projects
  • supporting the secretariat of committees or other bodies.


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

Tertiary qualifications in a scientific discipline are preferred for the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill several ongoing APS Level 6 positions and an ongoing APS Level 5 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing APS Level 6 and APS Level 5 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

The positions are located in Canberra but other arrangements may be considered.

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 Jessica McDonald via, or on (02) 6243 7456.

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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