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Senior Policy Officer, Executive Level 1 and APS Level 6, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 6, Executive Level 1

About the team

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA), a newly established Commonwealth Agency has a unique opportunity to lead and shape the future of Australia’s expertise in radioactive waste management.

ARWA is a dynamic, multidisciplinary team working collaboratively to deliver on the Government’s commitment for the safe and secure management of the nation’s radioactive waste material.

The Strategic Policy Officers provide a range of policy advice, strategic and coordination services within ARWA. They will provide advice on key radioactive waste management policies, legislation and coordinate operational support for ARWA and the Department.

Our ideal candidate

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency is seeking experienced Executive Level 1 and APS Level 6 policy officers.

Our ideal candidates will have:

  • Well-developed expertise in strategic policy development, with demonstrated ability to provide strategic advice, and support the translation and application of policy in a government setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a sensitive, time sensitive and complex environment.
  • Highly developed organisational skills and attention to detail whilst maintaining an awareness of the big picture. 
  • Sound research and analysis skills and the ability to identify and connect emerging trends and issues.
  • Highly developed stakeholder engagement skills, the ability to develop productive working relationships and a strong personal drive
  • Experience working on a range of policy and program issues and a sound understanding of government processes.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills, in particular the demonstrated ability to provide sound advice and prepare high quality, well considered written reports and briefings for a range of audiences.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills that foster trust and cooperation, and a proven ability to work effectively and with integrity within a politically sensitive environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fluid environment, remaining flexible, agile and adaptable and supporting colleagues at short notice.

What you will do

As an Assistant Manager (Executive Level 1) or Senior Policy Officer (APS Level 6) within the Strategic Policy team you will be responsible for working collaboratively to develop and coordinate a range of high-level correspondence and supporting the ARWA to deliver outcomes for a safer Australia.

Some of the key duties include:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, including working collaboratively to develop clear and concise advice for the departmental executive, governance bodies and the Minister.
  • Overseeing, coordinating and developing a range of written material, such as regular reports to Ministers and departmental executive, correspondence, briefs and Senate Estimates briefs.
  • Managing submissions and responses to parliamentary committee inquiries and other high-level consultative material, including tabling requirements and processes.
  • Drafting cabinet submissions and associated documents for consideration by Government.
  • Providing timely and quality advice and responses to ministerial requests and correspondence.
  • Having personal drive and the ability to adapt to changing priorities to deliver outcomes to a high standard under pressure and exercise sound judgement in strategically handling complex and sensitive work.
  • Contributing to branch corporate planning and assist in branch workflow by coordinating and managing responses to requests.
  • Providing guidance and support for APS staff in the team.
  • Desirable but not essential; knowledge and/or experience in developing legislation and associated materials.


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

You may be required to undertake a pre-employment security assessment and subsequent security clearance. All staff are required to have a minimum baseline security clearance however some roles will require a higher level security clearance. If you are offered a role and do not have a current security clearance, we will work with you to arrange for this to be undertaken.

Security Clearance

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


A merit pool will be established from this selection process which may be used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing roles with the agency.

Flexible work arrangements including part time hours will be considered. 

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.

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 Juanita Naughton via or (02) 6102 9888.

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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please 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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