Policy Support Officer and Senior Policy Officer, APS Level 5 and APS Level 6, Energy Division

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra, Brisbane
Categories: Policy, APS Level 5, APS Level 6

About the Team

The Energy Security and International Branch supports Australia’s international energy engagement and provides analysis and advice on a range of current and emerging domestic energy security and critical infrastructure matters. The branch is a diverse and inclusive workplace that embraces innovative and strategic thinking, open communication, honesty and flexibility.

This recruitment round is to fill several immediate and expected vacancies in the followings teams:

International Energy

The International Energy team leads a range of bilateral and multilateral policy and engagement for the Department, including:

  • the Australian government’s participation in the G20 Energy Transition Working Group, APEC’s Energy Working Group, the East Asia Summit Energy Ministers' Meeting and the International Solar Alliance,
  • bilateral meetings with key partners such as the US, Republic of Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia and Germany, and
  • international energy security policy, particularly in the Indo-Pacific.

The team works collaboratively across the Department, with other agencies and international counterparts.

Australian Energy Security

The Australian Energy Security team assesses current and future risks and threats to Australia’s energy system as the industry evolves to meet our future energy needs. The team’s broad-ranging energy security risk assessment process covers all forms of energy and all risk sources. Drawing on expertise from across the Department and other agencies.

Energy Security Policy

The Energy Security Policy team leads the development of energy security policy as well as analysis of a range of issues that can impact Australia’s energy security, such as cyber security and foreign involvement.

Our ideal candidate:

We are looking for proactive candidates who enjoy working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment and want to contribute to branch objectives.

The ideal candidates across the teams will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team and ability to independently manage a stream of work
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with effective organisational skills. A high level of attention to detail whilst maintaining an awareness of the big picture
  • Strong policy development skills, ability to solve problems and think strategically
  • Proven ability to develop and nurture positive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including international counterparts
  • Demonstrated ability to add value by using your initiative and judgement. Recognising issues and developing solutions, anticipating and responding to the needs of the team and SES.

Desirable: International Energy team

  • Experience or an interest in international policy or engagement.
  • An APS 6 with strong project focus and stakeholder management skills is highly desirable.
  • An APS 5 with skills and experience in organising large, multi-stakeholder events, including booking travel is highly desirable. This role would be ideal for an EA seeking to transition to a policy environment.

Desirable: Energy Security and Policy teams

  • Knowledge and/or experience working in the energy sector or other related critical infrastructure sectors or technologies.

What you will do

Cross-cutting activities which will occur regardless of the section.

At the APS Level 5 you will:

  • Engage across the section, branch, division and external stakeholders to deliver on a package of work.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical and writing skills in developing briefing for senior officials and ministers, including coordinating input across the Department and between agencies where necessary.
  • Provide timely and quality advice in response to ministerial office requests.
  • Be highly organised – adept at reprioritisation of tasks to accommodate competing and changing priorities.
  • Be approachable and able to liaise confidently and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders and maintain collaborative working relationships.
  • Be able to identify and contribute to the resolution of issues and problems as they arise.

At the APS Level 6 you will:

  • In addition to the above APS5 duties, the APS 6 will assist in strategic policy and planning of the team’s output to maximise utility and impact, and may supervise other staff members.

Some specific team functions include:

International Energy team

The APS 6 will:

  • Organise and facilitate bilateral and multilateral meetings with our partners at the Senior Official and Ministerial level, and contribute to managing associated cooperation programs.
  • There may be an opportunity to participate in international meetings that occur virtually as part of the delegation.

The APS 5 will:

  • Provide high-level administrative and executive support and assistance to support multi-stakeholder events and official functions.
  • Under limited supervision to undertake moderately complex work.

Energy Security and Policy teams

  • Conduct research, analysis and develop documentation to support strategic policy or project work.


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

Security Clearance

These positions require either a Baseline or NV1 security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level for the duration of their employment in the position.


It would be preferable for the APS Level 6 positions in the International Energy team to be based in Canberra, although there is some flexibility for Brisbane. Some travel to Canberra for key meetings would be required. It is mandatory for the APS Level 5 positions in this team to be based in Canberra due to the nature of the position.

This job is being used to fill an immediate vacancy. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing or non-ongoing APS 5 or APS6 level vacancies should they become available within 18 months from the date of advertising.

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 3000 characters (approximately 500 words) and should align to the job description. In the application form, please nominate if you have a preference for a team or level.

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 recruitment@industry.gov.au or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

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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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