Current Vacancies

Policy Officers, APS Level 5 and APS Level 6, Resources Division

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

About the Division

The Resources Division is the trusted adviser to the Australian Government on regulation, development, promotion and stewardship of Australia’s resources sector, to maximise its future potential.

The division provides policy advice and administers activities in relation to the exploration, extraction and processing of oil, gas and minerals. They also assist the government to develop Australia’s petroleum and minerals resources and foster best practice regulatory reform.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidates will have:

  • policy, research and analytical skills including the ability to link cross-cutting issues 
  • well-developed writing and communication skills, with an eye for detail
  • an ability to manage competing priorities and time-critical processes
  • strong liaison and stakeholder engagement skills
  • an ability to develop in-depth knowledge of resources issues
  • an ability to interpret data relating to resources projects
  • confidence and professionalism when engaging others
  • the desire to work in a dynamic team environment.

What you will do

We are looking for high performing Policy Officers to join several teams across the division. The positions are located within our three policy branches - Onshore Minerals and Energy; Resources Strategy and Offshore Resources.

The roles require strong policy thinking, writing, organisational and stakeholder engagement skills to advance the development of Australia’s mining and resources sector, including by:

  • framing and drafting policy and regulatory advice
  • identifying and connecting emerging trends and issues and conducting background research
  • developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships with industry, regulatory agencies and across government
  • preparing and delivering briefing material, including Ministerial and SES meeting briefs.

Our staff work collaboratively across the division, the wider department, and with key stakeholders, to develop strategies and prosecute opportunities that support Australia’s largest export industry. You will have significant ongoing interaction with Australia's major trading partners, industry, government stakeholders, traditional owners, and the science and research community.


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

Security Clearance

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


These positions may require intermittent travel within Australia.

This opportunity is open for staff who are seeking promotion and/or to transfer at level. Consideration will also be given to higher duties arrangements for high performing staff.

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 brief explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role. Limit your response to one page.

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 Marie Illman at or on (02) 6243 7719.

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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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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