Current Vacancies

Policy Officers, Executive Level 1, Industry Growth

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

About the team

The Industry Growth Division is responsible for a diverse range of activities that help Australian business and industries to grow and prosper. We prioritise collaboration and are committed to working directly with business and the community to improve policy outcomes. We are a team of committed Policy and Regulation Officers who deliver results in a fast paced environment, and we have exciting opportunities for motivated team players to fill a range of positions across the division.

Our teams work towards delivering the Government’s agenda through:

  • the development of a manufacturing strategy for the future of Australia, including skills development and uptake of digital technologies
  • supporting industry transitions related to market changes
  • a future agreed framework for building and construction policy in Australia
  • developing evidence based policy, and delivering projects related to business management capability and Indigenous business
  • supporting Australian jobs through the Australian Industry Participation framework and the Australian Jobs Act
  • improving business competitiveness, productivity and innovative capacity through delivery of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative, and
  • developing and implementing evidence based policy in relation to Australia’s food manufacturing sector.

We also work closely with other Government agencies on a range of nationally significant policy issues including energy, skills, agricultural innovation and regional development.

The department’s commitment to continuing to support a safe, inclusive and diverse organisation is our strength. You will be joining a team who embrace the diverse backgrounds, life and work experiences of our staff and who knows it enhances the richness of our workplace. We are committed to the continuous improvement of each individual and of our teams, we acknowledge and celebrate individual and team successes, and we support flexible working arrangements.

Our ideal candidate

We are looking for high performing Policy Officers to join several teams across the division.

Our ideal candidates have:

  • high level written and oral communication skills, with the ability to influence stakeholders and adapt messages to different audiences
  • high-level attention to detail
  • strong leadership skills and the ability to manage projects independently
  • strong supervisory or management experience
  • a strategic and agile mindset who can deliver within current constraints and changing circumstances
  • strong experience researching, analysing and synthesising evidence to inform evidence based decision making
  • policy, research and analytical skills including the ability to link cross-cutting issues
  • an ability to quickly develop in-depth knowledge of industry issues
  • an ability to manage competing priorities and time-critical processes, and
  • a high-level understanding of government processes.

As we are a geographically dispersed team, some positions may be offered to the right candidate in our existing offices in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Adelaide or Perth.

What you will do

You will have the opportunity to develop and implement government policy on a range of strategic policy areas. You may be responsible for a range of activities, including:

  • undertaking open and evidence based idea generation taking into account a diverse range of business and community views and potential impacts
  • designing rigorous advice and options to implement the Government’s industry and economic policy agendas
  • developing written materials such as Ministerial briefs and correspondence, other briefings, project plans, as well as a range of policy papers and proposals on a broad range of issues
  • working with a wide range of stakeholders to meet policy objectives, including businesses, researchers, internal program delivery partners and across government
  • supervising team members and creating collaborative environments to test and discuss new ideas and ways of working
  • working with data, and
  • identifying and connecting emerging trends and issues and conducting background research.


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.


This recruitment process is being used to fill numerous ongoing Executive Level 1 positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Executive Level 1 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

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. A one page pitch providing an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to 750 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 Sarah Gifford via or on (02) 6213 7549.

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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