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Senior Policy Officers (multiple roles), APS Level 6, Resources Division

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

About the Division

The Resources Division is looking for highly motivated Senior Policy Officers with strong communication, policy, leadership and stakeholder engagement skills for positions in the Offshore Resources Branch.

The division provides policy advice and administers activities in relation to the exploration, extraction and processing of oil, gas and minerals and carbon capture and storage.

The division also assists the government to develop Australia’s petroleum and minerals resources and foster best practice regulatory reform.

About the Branch

The Offshore Resources Branch has responsibility for the management and development of Australia’s offshore resources by managing the offshore petroleum, greenhouse gas storage, and minerals regimes (including in the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 and associated regulations), and encouraging further investment in Australia’s offshore resources sector.

This includes oversight of policy and the regulatory regime for the sector related to exploration, development and production, environment and safety, and well integrity.

Our staff work collaboratively across the division, the wider portfolio, and with key stakeholders, to develop strategies and prosecute opportunities that support the offshore petroleum industry.

We are seeking to fill the following roles:

  • Senior Policy Officers, Regulatory Reform team (2 positions);
  • Senior Policy Officer, Decommissioning Implementation team;
  • Senior Policy Officer, Petroleum Development team.

Further detail regarding the teams, desired skills and experience and role responsibilities is outlined below. 

Regulatory Reform Team

The Regulatory Reform team manages legal, regulatory, stakeholder engagement and communications matters, as well as progression of reforms and improvements to maintain the effective and leading practice nature of the offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage regulatory regime.

The team works closely with policy teams in Offshore Resources Branch, as well as engages and consults with a range of stakeholders including regulators, industry and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidates will:

  • have experience developing legislation and understanding of the legislative process
  • have experience in working on complex issues, undertaking analyses and preparing advice
  • be flexible and be creative
  • have strong written communication skills
  • have strong verbal communication skills to effectively liaise and engage with a broad range of stakeholders, including industry, government agencies and research organisations
  • have the ability to work in a dynamic environment and manage competing priorities to effectively meet tight timeframes and deadlines
  • have a demonstrated ability to work productively both in a team and independently.

Previous experience in resources is desirable but not essential.

A law degree is desirable, but not essential.

What you will do

Your key duties will be to:

  • assist in the preparation of drafting instructions and associated explanatory documentation for Bills and regulations
  • assist in the progression of bills and legislative instruments, working together with drafters at the Office of Parliamentary Counsel
  • conduct research and analysis in order to assist in resolving a range of legal and regulatory issues, including providing internal views on matters of statutory interpretation, collaborating with policy areas and regulators to identify issues and assist in developing solutions.

There are a number of forthcoming legislative and regulatory reform processes, including implementation of reviews into Australia’s offshore decommissioning framework and offshore safety framework, and remakes of sunsetting regulations under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

Decommissioning Implementation Team

The Decommissioning Implementation team is responsible for offshore oil and gas decommissioning policy, which includes the implementation of the Australian Government’s enhanced decommissioning framework.

The team works closely with other policy teams in the Offshore Resources Branch and engages regularly with a range of industry and government stakeholders, including the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority who is the national offshore regulator.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidates will:

  • have good interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • have the ability to work in a dynamic environment, managing time critical processes.
  • have well-developed analytical and problem solving skills to help develop evidence based policy and resolve complex policy issues that may sometimes be of a technical nature
  • have effective verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex information succinctly and produce quality written materials such as Ministerial briefs and other correspondence
  • be adaptable, have initiative and have sound judgement and decision-making capabilities.

What you will do

As a Senior Policy Officer you will report to the Manager of the Decommissioning Implementation Section. You will require strong communication, organisation and stakeholder engagement skills to deliver on the team’s business objectives. The successful candidate will:

  • work to priorities, meet milestones and deliver high quality products as part of implementing the Australian Government’s enhanced decommissioning framework
  • prepare and deliver quality written material, including Ministerial briefs and correspondence
  • engage constructively with stakeholders across the department, other government agencies and industry representatives
  • conduct background research to identify and connect emerging trends and issues.

Petroleum Development Team

About the team

The Petroleum Development team provides policy advice on Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry where it relates to the discovery of petroleum through to the development/operation of large commercial projects. We regularly engage with some of the world’s largest companies about multi-decade, multi-billion dollar projects. These mega projects are at the cutting edge of research and development driving innovation and the national economy.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Strong strategic thinking, judgement and analysis skills
  • Organised, with keen attention-to-detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have the ability to build external and internal relationships work effectively and flexibly within a team
  • Self-motivated and personal drive to support team’s goals, and adapt to changing priorities to deliver outcomes against tight deadlines and under pressure

If you have strong interest or experience with policy development, legislative administration, project management, economic analysis, or international relations, and enjoy being part of a dynamic, fast paced workplace, then Petroleum Development may be the place for you.

Relevant background and subject matter expertise could include public policy development and administration, commerce, policy and regulation, economics, finance, legal, engineering, international relations.

What you will do

As a Senior Policy Officer within Petroleum Development, you will:

  • Lead the team’s offshore petroleum titles workload management
  • Develop objective, evidence-based policy advice and analysis to support Ministerial and SES decisions over petroleum titles decisions and on wide-ranging offshore oil and gas-related policy issues
  • Undertake extensive consultation across the government and industry on diverse and cross‑cutting government policy issues and priorities
  • Build and maintain external stakeholder relationships, including with state and territory governments, and oil and gas companies


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.


A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing APS6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised. Future non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide a brief statement outlining claims to the position.  This can include an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to these roles (limit your response to 3000 characters, approx. 500 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 these opportunities, please contact Norelle Launcher via email at or (02) 6243 7369.

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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