Assistant Managers, Executive Level 1, Gas & Liquid Fuels Division

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Policy, Executive Level 1

About the department

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water leads Australia’s response to climate change and sustainable energy use, and protect our environment, heritage and water.

The Liquid Fuels Branch is an integral part of the ongoing energy transition in Australia as we move towards net zero by 2050. Did you know Australia uses more energy from diesel fuel than any other form of energy, even electricity? Our branch delivers both short and long term solutions to enhance Australia’s fuel security position, prepare for the energy transition, improve the quality of Australia’s fuel to achieve better health and environmental outcomes, and facilitate new vehicle technologies.

The Branch prides itself on being an inclusive and positive place to work. Our values include:

  1. supporting remote and flexible working arrangements
  2. embracing clear and open communication
  3. investing in our staff development
  4. supporting staff physical and mental wellbeing.

We support flexible and remote working arrangements and we welcome applicants located anywhere in Australia.

About the teams

The Petroleum Data & Analysis Team help people understand Australia’s liquid fuel supply, having and using the information they need to make decisions on our fuel security and energy transition. We have ongoing functions to collect data from the petroleum industry, compile, report and publish regular statistics, and analyse developments in the liquid fuels market. We are also establishing new data reporting, monitoring and analytics functions for fuel security, and implementing an ICT modernisation project to improve government petroleum data capability. Being a senior data analyst in a policy and regulatory branch means you play a tangible role in delivering these outcomes and creating data and insights used every day by government, industry and other stakeholders to make decisions. More information can be found here:

The Fuel Quality Team is the Government’s central policy area for developing solutions to improve the quality of Australia’s fuel, considering the benefits for all Australians. The team is currently undertaking a major review of fuel quality standards and developing new renewable fuel standards. The team is also developing grants programs to assist industry supply better quality fuels. Being an Assistant Director leading on fuel quality policy means you will regularly engage with industry experts, and analyse fuel quality parameters to improve and implement new fuel quality standards.

The role of the Critical Vulnerabilities Team is to understand and address vulnerabilities in the fuel market that can disrupt Australia’s energy security. This includes current risks, and emerging risks as the fuel dependant sectors of our economy transition to Net Zero Emissions by 2050. Key deliverables include design and implementation of the Government’s $49.5 million package over four years to build resilience in Australia’s diesel exhaust fluid market, policy analysis and advice on fuel market vulnerability, and contribution across government on liquid fuel security policy.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal Petroleum Data Assistant Manager is someone who:

  • enjoys working with data and creating data and insights to inform good decision making
  • has experience in data compilation, management and analysis, including proficiency in using tools such as Excel, Power BI and CRM
  • has experience in publication and reporting of official datasets, as well as using datasets to provide insights, briefing and analysis to stakeholders
  • has good attention to detail, the ability to work independently and can manage staff, projects and regular deadlines
  • has experience in leading implementation of new data projects, including embedding new processes and managing team members and industry stakeholders through these changes.

Our ideal Fuel Quality Assistant Manager is someone who:

  • can understand and interpret technical fuel information to inform policy advice for effective government action.
  • can convert technical considerations into outcomes in legislation, such as Australia’s fuel quality standards
  • has highly developed written and verbal communication skills, can actively consider stakeholder views and think creatively
  • Is strategic with an understanding of how our approach aligns and supports the Department and Government priorities
  • is not afraid to 'jump in at the deep end' to help the team meet its deliverables and deadlines
  • Relevant experience or qualifications in science or technical legal roles would be an advantage.

Our ideal Critical Vulnerabilities Assistant Manager is someone who has:

  • advanced critical thinking skills, the ability to identify, gather and manipulate data, harness complex information and distil it to provide clear, accurate and timely policy advice
  • strong planning and project management skills, the ability to marshal resources and influence others including technical consultants to deliver required products on time and on budget
  • strong team work and communication skills and the ability to build and maintain productive working relationships within and outside the team, across government and with industry stakeholders
  • a familiarity and/or interest in the fuel market and energy security and emissions reduction policy would be an advantage.

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

The Petroleum Data Assistant Manager  will:

  • Support modernisation of government petroleum data reporting and analysis, including leading on implementing a major ICT project and working closely with ICT system developers
  • Engage with industry stakeholders on legislative data reporting requirements, including supporting data providers during our transition to online reporting
  • Manage data collection from industry and other government agencies, production of statistical estimates using a range of techniques, and compilation of official datasets
  • Be response for overseeing preparation and publication of the monthly Australian Petroleum Statistics and associated products
  • Supervise and support team members and the section manager to deliver the work program of the team
  • Provide data analysis, advice and insights to assist policy, regulatory and market monitoring functions and requests for our Executive and Minister.

The Fuel Quality Assistant Manager will:

  • lead the team’s research and analysis of Australia’s fuel quality standards
  • lead technical projects including conducting procurement processes and contracts
  • lead the drafting of amendments to Australia fuel quality legislation
  • supervise upskill and support team members and the section manager to deliver the team’s work program
  • convey complex technical advice in plain English to Government stakeholders
  • proactively manage emerging issues and work collaboratively with other teams to develop solutions.

The Critical Vulnerabilities Assistant Manager will:

  • lead on establishing an approach to fuel market vulnerability assessment including scope, timeframe and resourcing plans.
  • work to harness resources and across government to map existing activities that relate to the fuel market vulnerability assessment.
  • lead on implementation of activities including project planning, budgeting and deliverables/outcomes
  • design and conduct stakeholder engagement activities across the Department, other Agencies and with Industry; and commissioning of specific technical or policy inputs to the process.
  • be an integral part of the team and contribute across the team and branch’s work including leadership and supervisory duties.


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

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


We support flexible and remote working arrangements and we welcome applicants located anywhere in Australia.

A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

Please provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant and why you are the best candidate for the position. Please specify which role(s) you are applying for in your pitch. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the key duties listed above.

Please complete your application online and 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.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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