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Senior Policy Officer, APS Level 6, Climate Change Division

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth
Categories: APS Level 6

About the team

The Climate Change Division provides policy, program and technical support to the Australian Government on climate change.

The Division is seeking a high performing and motivated data or policy analyst with strong data and analytical skills within our National Inventory Systems and International Reporting Branch.

This is your opportunity to make a positive contribution on climate change, working with businesses, scientists, industry groups, government agencies, international counterparts, communities and others.

The National Inventory Systems and International Reporting branch produces Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts and Emissions Projections; which underpin the Australian Government’s action on climate change.

Australia’s National Greenhouse Accounts are recognised as world-leading in many aspects, including the application of facility-level data from the National Greenhouse Energy and Reporting System and spatial modelling of carbon stock changes on the land. 

Emission Projections are used to track progress towards the Government’s emissions reductions commitments and is a critical input into the government’s climate policy development processes.  

The Branch also has an international focus. It engages with international organisations and partner countries on emissions‑related climate issues, including: the Government’s emissions transparency commitments under the Paris Agreement and related treaties; bilateral projects to build partner countries’ emissions transparency capacity; and the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).   

We work with science researchers, industry and governments to maintain and improve the accuracy of our data.  Projects may include development of science-based methods and models for quantifying carbon fluxes and greenhouse gas emissions and removals on the land or in industrial and energy sectors.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have: 

  • critical analytical skills
  • experience working with data, models and method development
  • experience working on complex and cross-cutting policy issues
  • well-developed communications skills
  • the ability to work in a dynamic environment, and
  • an ability to manage competing priorities and time-critical processes.

What you will do 

As an Senior Policy Officer, you will:

  • contribute to the production of Department’s National Greenhouse Accounts or emission projections or IPCC engagement program
  • contribute to the design and implementation of advanced data processing methods to improve the accuracy and reduce uncertainty of greenhouse gas estimates
  • provide specialist, expert advice on complex policy areas
  • develop strong and effective relationships with domestic and international stakeholders
  • support the team in departmental and whole-of-government briefings.


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.


Roles are based in Canberra but consideration may be given to working from one of our state based offices (or other arrangements) depending on operational requirements.

This recruitment process is being used to fill an immediate APS Level 6 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future vacancies should they become available within 12 months form the date advertised.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide a one page pitch (maximum 5000 characters, approx. 750 words) 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) and the contact details of two referees.

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.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Rob Sturgiss PSM, at or phone 0408 449 098.

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 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.

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