Senior Policy Officer, APS Level 6, Oil and Gas Division (Affirmative Measures - Disability)

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

About the 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 engaging and consulting with a range of stakeholders including regulators, industry and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel. 

Our ideal candidate 

Our ideal candidate is enthusiastic about applying their skills and working with colleagues to achieve goals, making them a motivated and trusted member of the Building Sector team.  

We are looking for someone with:  

  • experience developing legislation and understanding of the legislative process 

  • experience in working on complex issues, undertaking analyses and preparing advice 

  • the ability to be flexible and be creative 

  • strong written communication skills 

  • strong verbal communication skills to effectively liaise and engage with a broad range of stakeholders, including industry, government agencies and research organisations 

  • the ability to work in a dynamic environment and manage competing priorities to effectively meet tight timeframes and deadlines 

  • a demonstrated ability to work productively both in a team and independently. 

What you will do 

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.  

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 to assist in resolving a range of legal and regulatory issues, including providing internal views on matters of statutory interpretation, and collaborating with policy areas and regulators to identify issues and assist in developing solutions.  


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

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under Section 33 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2022. This vacancy is open only to people with disability. 

Successful applicants are required to provide evidence to confirm they are a person with disability. Evidence of disability is not to include information about the type of disability. Suitable evidence of a disability would be a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner. The following documents would also be acceptable: 

  • letter from a Disability Employment Service or jobactive provider 

  • letter from a secondary or tertiary institution disability services unit in relation to a recent student. 

If the above documents are not available, a statutory declaration from the applicant can be accepted. 

Security Clearance 

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be provided with information regarding obtaining and maintaining a clearance at this level. 

Accessibility and reasonable adjustments 

The department is committed to ensuring our facilities, systems and work practices are accessible. Anyone with a permanent or temporary disability, injury or illness can request reasonable adjustments at all stages of their employment. 


This process may be used to fill both ongoing (permanent) and non-ongoing (temporary) roles. A merit pool may be established to fill future vacancies. 

The department supports flexible working arrangements and staff can apply to work a mix of hours from home and office locations each week. 

How to apply 

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information in your resume, cover letter or any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel. 

To support you in applying for this job we have partnered with McMillan Staff Development to provide you with the following two video guides:

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When applying for this role, you will be asked to complete an online application form and upload your current resume. 

Your application will be reviewed and if you are longlisted you will be asked to participate in an interview on the Modern Hire interview platform.  

This will then be reviewed and if you are shortlisted we will invite you to attend an interview. 

We want to make sure you have everything you need in order to apply for this position. Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or 1800 648 942 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information 

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Norelle Laucher via or call 02 6243 7369. 

Learn more about the department 

The department offers a flexible, diverse, and collaborative workplace. We value everyone bringing their different backgrounds and points of view to work every day. We can give you a challenging and rewarding career with the opportunity to contribute to policy that affects all Australians – and the world. You can find out more about us and the work we do at 

From study support to generous parental leave and flexible work arrangements, your manager will work with you to help you along your career journey and achieve work-life balance. 

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 selves to work every day. We encourage applications people who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 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. 

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