Current Vacancies

Policy and Program Officers, APS Level 4, Multiple Divisions

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: APS Level 4

About the team

Technology and National Security

The Technology and National Security (TNS) Division support business productivity and jobs growth.  We encourage the adoption of digital technologies across the economy and the growth of a vibrant technology sector in Australia.  Our aim is to achieve the government's vision of being a leading digital economy by 2030.

Our policy and coordination responsibility is wide.  It spans from:

  • economic transformation and business capability
  •  through to emerging and cyber technologies; and
  •  advising on national security issues relating to the industry portfolio.

This includes where industry, globalisation, and technology intersect. This includes helping to deliver programs to support businesses to digitise, scaling Australia’s technology industry to be globally competitive, and shaping Australia’s domestic and international digital economy and technology policy settings.

Science and Commercialisation

The Science and Commercialisation Division supports strong scientific capability, business innovation and commercialisation of new ideas. This includes:

  • developing initiatives about the effective operation of the science and innovation system
  • STEM capability
  • industry–research collaboration
  • commercialisation
  • intellectual property and
  • international science and innovation engagement.

We work with science agencies, international partners and Australia’s science sector to set Australia’s science and innovation policy agenda.


The Manufacturing Division out in place the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS) announced in the 20-21 Budget. The MSS is a multi-year strategy aimed at achieving a step change to the competitiveness, scale and resilience of Australian manufacturing. While the near term focus is on implementing existing measures, there is a lot of work to do to achieve the objectives of the broader Strategy.

The MMS sets out the Government’s plan to transform Australian manufacturing, helping it to scale up, become more competitive and resilient. The aim is to create jobs and support our economic recovery. It is a whole-of-government strategy that includes action across four pillars:

  1. Getting the economic conditions right for business
  2. Making science and technology work for industry
  3. Focusing on areas of advantage
  4. Building national resilience for a strong economy.

Our ideal candidate

To support growth and evolving responsibilities, we are looking for skilled and passionate APS Level 4 officers to fill vacancies across 3 divisions. Our ideal candidates are team players, with great communication skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.

We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and better outcomes for Australia.

Opportunities span the breadth of the policy cycle.  The successful candidates will have opportunities to apply their skills and experience to a range of subjects.  They will:

  • have an ability to form and maintain productive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • thrive in dynamic fast-paced, often changing environments.
  • be a highly motivated, enthusiastic self‑starter.
  • have sound well-reasoned judgement.
  • have a proven ability to show initiative and see tasks through.
  • have good written and oral communication skills.
  • have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and operate as an effective team member.
  • contribute new ideas and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes.

What you will do

Policy Officer

As a policy officer, you will contribute to the work of the division. You will support your manager to deliver your team’s work program and develop high-quality policy products and advice. Activities may include:

  • Facilitating the development of strategic, innovative, and evidence based policy.
  • Undertaking research and analysis into policy issues.
  • Contributing to ministerial and senior executive briefing (both oral and written).
  • Managing key stakeholder relationships, including external Commonwealth departments and agencies and industry groups.
  • Undertaking secretariat functions.

Program Officer

As a program officer, activities may include:

  • Contributing to program design and delivery.
  • Engagement with internal and external program stakeholders.
  • Reviewing and editing program documents.
  • Assisting in problem solving and project issue resolution.
  • Consulting with subject matter experts and escalating as appropriate.
  • Supporting successful program delivery.


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

Security Clearance

All positions will require a Baseline security clearance, with some roles requiring a higher clearance level. Successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


While teams are predominantly situated in Canberra, roles can be undertaken in any office the department has representation. Final office location will be considered with the successful applicant upon offers.

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 (approx. 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).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact:

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 full time/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 refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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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