Policy, Program, and Project Officers, APS Level 3 and APS Level 4, Analysis and Insights and Manufacturing Divisions

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Policy, Programme Management, APS Level 3, APS Level 4, Project Management

About the team

The Data Policy Branch resides within the Department’s Analysis and Insights Division. The Branch works in collaboration with our colleagues across the department on a range of data issues. Our Data Capability and Reporting team provides data governance and data management advice. Delivering data projects and providing analytical and reporting services to the wider department.

The Manufacturing Division focuses on transforming Australian manufacturing, helping it to scale up, become more competitive and resilient – creating jobs and supporting our economic recovery. The Strategy and Analysis branch is responsible for aligning the department’s Industry, Science and Technology support to the Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS) and National Manufacturing Priorities. The Strategy Implementation Branch is responsible for the delivery of the initial MMS investment (through the Modern Manufacturing Initiative) and continues to deliver support to business, engage with stakeholders and negotiate contracts.

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

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking motivated, outcomes-focused candidates to fill roles at APS 3 and 4 levels.

Our ideal candidates will possess the following:

  • good organisational skills, with the ability to manage project elements to achieve results
  • strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex concepts to non-expert audiences
  • the ability to identify and work with relevant stakeholders
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills with an ability to build an evidence base to inform decision makers
  • the ability to work collaboratively and operate as an effective team member
  • the ability to work under supervisor direction and respond positively to change
  • relevant work experience, tertiary qualifications and micro-credentials will also be taken into consideration

Our ideal candidates for project officer positions will additionally possess:

  • the ability to work with and draw meaningful insights from data in a variety of formats
  • relevant experience in data visualisation and/or data analytics is highly desirable, along with experience using relevant software tools

Our ideal candidates for policy officer positions will additionally be:

  • interested in the development of strategic, innovative and evidence based policy
  • motivated self-starters with the ability to thrive in dynamic fast-paced environments

What you will do

We have multiple roles available each with unique responsibilities.

Key responsibilities for Data Policy branch project officers at the APS3 level may include the following:

  • Providing support for the department to provide insights into using data effectively for decision making
  • Developing, maintaining, and improving a wide variety of data products, including Power BI reports
  • Providing advice and support for departmental data capability development, including supporting formal and informal training and producing learning and development materials
  • Supporting the team in providing quality advice, briefs, and other products to inform departmental and whole of government policy matters

Responsibilities for Project officers at the APS4 level may additionally include:

  • Establishing and maintaining strong professional working relationships with colleagues and relevant stakeholders
  • Providing timely and expert advice to inform a range of ad-hoc requests for information about our department’s data

In Manufacturing Division, APS3 officer duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Working collaboratively with key stakeholders, including members of the industry sector, businesses, various peak bodies and industry associations, state and territory governments and other Commonwealth departments and agencies
  • Engaging in research and analysis, including with businesses and stakeholders to ensure we continue to strengthen and refine our evidence base
  • Contributing to regular ministerial and senior executive briefing, including organising and running meetings, drafting briefs, and supporting budget processes
  • Assisting in collation of useful insights through effective data analysis
  • Contributing to guideline and program development

Additional duties for APS4 officers in Manufacturing Division include:

  • Applying innovative and creative thinking skills to the development of strategic, innovative, and evidence based policy
  • Managing projects and competing priorities and informing government decision-making


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 process is being used to fill a range of ongoing positions at the APS 3 and 4 level. Merit pools will be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies at these levels should they become available within 18 months from the date advertised.

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). Your CV should be no more than two pages.

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

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Giles Thomson via Giles.Thomson@industry.gov.au, or on (02) 6213 6216.

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 inclusion@industry.gov.au 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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