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Communications Officer, APS Level 6, Corporate

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Canberra
Categories: Corporate, APS Level 6

About the branch

The Communications Branch sits within the Corporate Group and plays a key role in how the department tells its story and in supporting the department’s policy objectives. The branch manages a number of communications channels and offers advice on all aspects of communications. It plays a key role in supporting Ministers and the department’s Executive.
The successful applicant will join a dynamic branch with a strong focus on strategic priorities. We work closely and early with our policy and program colleagues. We are building strong communications capability across the department, including in writing and story-telling, leading a content-focused, digital first approach to developing impactful communications.

About the team

The role is within the Science communications and case studies team. This section works with the Science and Commercialisation Policy (SCP) Division, the National Measurement Institute and Questacon. They are also responsible for delivering the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and manage the department’s case studies database.
The role would be primarily focused on providing strategic communications advice and support to the SCP Division. This would include developing communication strategies, preparing content, coordinating ministerial announcements, supporting consultations, assisting in media and social media activities, evaluating communication activities, and managing market research.   

Our ideal candidate:

• has expertise or experience in policy/program/strategic communications
• is flexible and willing to pick up different types of communications activities
• has a proven ability work in a team and are respectful of diversity
• is passionate about communications, with experience/knowledge of best practice for content development and channel management.

What you will do

• As a Communications Officer (APS6) you will provide strategic communications support and advice to the department and ministerial offices.
• You will work with others in the branch and across the department to develop content and share it across the department’s channels.

Tertiary qualifications in Communications (or a related field) or relevant work experience is highly desirable.


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.

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 one page pitch (750 word maximum) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position.
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 Rachel Roberts via or phone 02 6213 6605.

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.

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