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Data Analyst, APS Level 6, Science and Commercialisation Policy Division

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: APS Level 6

Are you experienced in using your data analysis skills to extract and join data from multiple data sources? Can you work effectively in a team? Can you work with stakeholders to use data to answer their questions? This might be the position for you!

About the team

The Science Policy Section leads the government’s strategic science policy agenda across three key areas:

  • Strategic science policy – including supporting the effective functioning of the National Science and Technology Council, the work of the Chief Scientist, and providing advice to the Minister on a range of science system policy issues such as open science and research integrity.
  • Science engagement – including working with partners in AusIndustry, Communications Branch and Questacon to deliver a range of grant programs and initiatives such as the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, National Science Week and the broader Inspiring Australia Program.
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) gender equity – including supporting a long-term strategic approach to future government investment, implementing a new scholarships program, and supporting the work of the Women in STEM Ambassador.

Our ideal candidate

We are looking to fill a vital APS 6 Data Analyst role within the team to support the delivery of the Government’s gender equity policy and initiatives.

The successful candidate will lead and manage the work for delivery of the STEM Equity Monitor (the Monitor) which is a national data report on girls’ and women’s participation in STEM. It presents the current state of STEM gender equity in Australia as an annual report, with a commitment for 10 years. The Monitor presents women’s participation from primary and secondary school, higher education, graduate outcomes and the workforce.

We are interested in hearing from a motivated and high-performing applicant with:

  • a passion for data to support government to inform evidence-based policy decision.
  • strong technical and analytical skills, with ability to use one or more programming languages preferably R, Python, SAS, SQL, Excel, SPSS, STATA for data analytics
  • experience working with big datasets from a range of sources to draw insights and visualisations, and can easily create dashboards using more one or more visualisation tools such as PowerBI, Tableau or others.
  • ability to work independently with limited guidance, and to prioritise tasks to meet deadlines.
  • strong written and verbal communication skills, and a proven ability to communicate results of data analytics into meaningful and actionable insights for diverse audiences
  • ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external key stakeholders
  • ability to manage contracts and project management skills.

What you will do

As a Data Analyst you will be oversee and manage the operations of the Monitor. In this role you will use your strong conceptual, problem solving, analytical, communication and stakeholder engagement skills. Your responsibilities will include:

  • working as part of a small team to develop, publish and annually update the Monitor to inform policy development and advice for government on women’s participation in STEM education and careers
  • defining the scope of the annual publication, extracting and reviewing data from multiple sources, engaging with stakeholders within, and external to, government as well as developing a suite of interactive dashboards and reports for policy areas and other stakeholders to provide meaningful policy insights.
  • managing procurements for data collection, surveys, linkages and integration and undertaking other adhoc data related tasks within the team.
  • providing high-quality briefing to a variety of stakeholders including departmental executive and ministers offices
  • building and maintaining data analytical and reporting capability within the team.


A tertiary degree with a major in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or a closely related discipline which includes a substantial data analytical component.

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 role is primarily based in Canberra however, we are open to consider candidates from other states and territories.  Remote work arrangements will considered for the successful applicant and can be undertaken in any location.

Please read the Integrated Leadership System (ILS) for details about performance when considering your response.

For further details about Australian Public Service work level standards that can support your application can be found on the APSC website. 

This job is being used to fill an immediate APS Level 6 vacancy. A merit pool may be established and used to fill future ongoing vacancies.

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.

When submitting your application you will need to provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom must be a current supervisor.

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 Suchi Misra, Assistant Manager, Science Policy, via email or on (02) 6243 7471.

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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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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