Senior Policy and Program Officers, APS Level 6, Commercialisation

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: Policy, Programme Management, APS Level 6

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 Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Branch in Commercialisation Division is responsible for policies and programs creating an environment to increase commercialisation by entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. Our policies help inspire, connect, empower and commercialise Australian ideas to be world leading.

The Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Branch is looking for talented, motivated and inspiring people to join our teams:

  • Commercialisation & Entrepreneurship Policy – Startup and commercialisation policy, Challenge-Based Innovation policy (including Business Research and Innovation Initiative policy), and supporting the Global Entrepreneurship Congress
  • Early Stage Finance – Finance for Early Stage companies, Venture Capital Policy, Boosting Female Founders policy, and Industry Growth Program policy
  • Venture Capital – Program management for venture capital funds, government co-investment programs such as the Biomedical Translation Fund and Boosting Female Founders mentoring
  • Intellectual Property Policy – maintain a coherent and integrated approach to IP across government, IP Policy Group Secretariat, Commercialisation and Growth Centre of Expertise.

The opportunity

Do you have a passion for making a difference? Do you want to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing Australia today? Are you ready to launch your career in the Australian Public Service?

You will be working on policies that help to foster entrepreneurship and grow innovative businesses and startups across Australia.

What’s in it for you?

We are offering you the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of inspired and knowledgeable people to find solutions to persistent challenges in Australia’s innovation ecosystem – lifting our commercialisation capability to help secure the future of our industry, our economy, and our people.

Our ideal candidate

We are looking for experienced, thoughtful, and proactive Senior Policy and Program Officers, with energy and drive, and the demonstrated ability to work respectfully and collaboratively to deliver high quality work, consistent with relevant APS standards.

Our work involves a broad and diverse range of stakeholders. For example:

  • Startups and entrepreneurs
  • Industry bodies
  • Sources of finance, such as venture capital fund managers and angel investors
  • Other government departments, including state and territory governments.

Our ideal candidate must have the following capabilities:

  • Stakeholder relations skills
  • Communication skills, both written and oral
  • Political savvy and high-level judgement
  • Problem-solving and analytical thinking abilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability and resilience
  • Leadership and people management skills
  • Striving to be collaborative, connected, caring and curious, always looking to see the bigger picture from both a business and a broader perspective
  • Results-focused mindset, combined with teamwork skills.
  • Experience and expertise in policy development – help us turn ideas into actions with your experience in leading and delivering in government, institutions and businesses.

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 Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Branch is looking for a variety of APS6 Senior Policy and Program Officers to deliver high quality advice and services.

These roles provide an excellent opportunity to assist in the development and implementation of significant government innovation policies, including working with other agencies, stakeholder organisations and businesses.

Within this role you will:

  • Interpret, plan and draft policy and procedural directions within specialist areas
  • Lead in the development of policy documents for review and publication
  • Support the provision of technical advice in specific areas of policy
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, and
  • Work with a team to deliver results.


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.


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.

The department does currently offer flexible work opportunities for many roles. These vacancies are open to locations around Australia. Please reach out to the contact officer to discuss this further.

Further details about Australian Public Service work level standards that can support your application can be found at:

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 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 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.

Contact Information

For more information on this vacancy, please contact Kate Blagrove on 02 6243 7661 or

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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