Senior Policy Officer, APS Level 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: Policy, APS Level 6, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the department

The department plays a key role in the Australian Government’s agenda to create jobs and build a stronger, more resilient and competitive economy. Our work builds on Australia’s existing strengths, supports businesses to grow, and drives new opportunities for long-term productivity growth and prosperity. The success of the department helps Australia recover from the economic consequences of COVID‑19 and adapt to its ongoing effects. Through our work, we support the government’s economic recovery plan and help to deliver a better future for all Australians.

About the team

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is Australian Government’s peak authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by leading, maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system. We deliver world-class measurement products, advice and client services and administer the regulatory framework for measurement.

We value the different skills, knowledge and perspectives our employees bring. We’re committed to giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate, contribute and progress. The APS values exemplify personal drive and integrity, but in addition we also consider that the following values and behaviours of being, adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive and influential are a cornerstone of our organisation. Please consider responding to those values and behaviours as part of your application.

The Legal Metrology Branch primary role is to administer Australia’s measurement legislation, ensuring a level playing field, for consumers, businesses and international trade.

The Measurement Law Reform (MLR) Section has lead a review of the legislative framework underpinning Australia’s national measurement system and is putting in place the government's preferred reform option. Australia’s measurement system is linked to formal and internationally-agreed standards which ensure the accuracy and reliability of measurements used in everyday life. 

The purpose of the review was to develop options for modernising, streamlining and simplifying the legislative framework. Implementing this review seeks to ensure Australia has a strong, efficient and effective measurement system that:

  • facilitates trade
  • supports ongoing economic prosperity
  • builds business and consumer confidence, and
  • meets safety and security objectives.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate:

  • is a strong communicator that can convey complex technical concepts to various audiences, both in writing and when speaking
  • is collaborative and works well with others
  • has high level analytical and problem solving skills
  • is adaptable in a changing environment
  • understands the current measurement legislation and the reform options or has the ability to quickly develop this knowledge
  • understands the statutory, regulatory and policy frameworks relevant to legal metrology or has the ability to quickly acquire this knowledge
  • has a background working with legislation (for example, developing, implementing or enforcing legislation).

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

You will primarily support the development of the new measurement legislation. You will also provide support for other key MLR work packages. Reporting to the Assistant Manager, you will:

  • Conduct a variety of research and analysis tasks, including reviews of current legislation and mapping of provisions required under government’s preferred reform option.
  • Support the delivery of MLR outcomes with minimal direction, using both initiative and judgement to assist preparing drafting instructions to brief the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.
  • Contribute to workshops with other teams to confirm the preferred drafting approach for implementing proposed reforms.
  • Develop case studies and briefing material to support internal consideration and clearance of policy decisions.
  • Provide advice on reform options that considers broad government policy in the context of preparing drafting instructions.
  • Negotiate confidently and foster productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (including consulting on issues that may arise during drafting).
  • Provide support for other work as needed, such as stakeholder engagement, costings, Ministerial and executive briefings and responding to requests for input from other teams.


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.


The MLR Section has staff located in NMI offices around Australia, including Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. NMI also has major offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Final location will be negotiated with the successful applicants.

The department offers flexible work opportunities for many roles. Regular attendance at one of our offices is expected, although flexible or remote work arrangements may be considered. Please reach out to the contact officer to discuss this further.

There are 2 positions currently available for filling. 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

Please provide a pitch and CV 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 ‘Our ideal candidate’ and ‘What you will do’ sections. Please also ensure that you address your personal alignment with NMI’s values and behaviours in the ‘About the team’ section.

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 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.

Contact Information

For more information on this vacancy, please contact Andrew Fee via email or on 0457 549 050.

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