Economist

Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Canberra ACT, Australia

$73,203 - $90,804

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The department supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people with cultural and linguistic diversity, and LGBTIQ people. The department is committed to achieving gender equality and, in particular, supporting women’s progression into senior leadership.

A little bit about us

The Strategic Policy Branch is the central policy hub within the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, advising key Ministers and the Department’s Senior Executive Board on whole-of-Department Policy priorities. The Branch brings an informed, evidence based and integrated portfolio view to policy considerations across the Department.

The Strategic Policy Branch function has three arms – the Strategy Unit which identifies key priority policies across the Infrastructure portfolio and brings a strategic lens to the development of policy; the Economic Policy Unit which undertakes economic analysis to determine first-best policy for key portfolio issues; and the Policy Project Unit which develops comprehensive real-world policy solutions for current Portfolio policy problems.

The opportunity we have available

We are seeking strong economic policy analysts who want to be involved in cities, infrastructure and transport development policy advice within the Australian Government.

What will you do?

You will be developing policy advice end-to-end. This begins with consideration of the economic framework that underpins the policy area, followed by a marshalling of the evidence, including analysing and presenting relevant data. You will also consult and learn from experts in the particular policy area where you are responsible for analysing portfolio impacts (such as cities, infrastructure, transport etc), as well as tapping into the latest research, international experience and expert reports in the field. Finally, based on the theory and the evidence you will present policy issues and solutions using graphics, charts and other visuals.

The role provides an opportunity to engage the following skills:

  • High level economic theory and its application to real world policy advice
  • Analysing economic data to support policy change
  • Verbal presentation skills and the capability to create compelling visuals
  • Economic writing, including how to write succinctly and with precision, particularly regarding complex quantitative or economic concepts
  • Engagement that draws on expert networks across the Department and broader Commonwealth Government.

What else can we offer?

The job opportunity offers a robust overview of the breadth of work of the Department.

As the central strategic policy unit for the Department, the Branch works with central policy agencies on significant national issues.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking strong economic policy advisers to work on strategic policy advice related to infrastructure, transport, cities and regional development. The Branch provides analysis and policy advice on a broad range of strategic issues such as population, infrastructure construction, cities and water management.

The following core capabilities are key to both the role:

  • Intellectual Curiosity – you need to be analytical and empirical in your thinking and apply an economic framework to your policy advice. We will help you get the tools, but you need the intellectual curiosity and discipline to get results.
  • Relentless pursuit of human capital - you need to be focussed and disciplined to master economics, analysis and policy advising. We will give you the opportunity to acquire the needed skills and human capital, but you need to put in the effort.
  • A love of sharp communication – you need to be able to convey your logic and evidence clearly and succinctly. Our end product is policy advice; it needs to be short, sharp and persuasive. That means honing your writing, your presenting and your visuals. We take the look, feel and style of our advisory products seriously, not just the economic content.
  • Acts with integrity – you need to engage with stakeholders in good faith, always do your best and take a genuine interest in helping out in the team. The team will also be there for you when you need it.

Eligibility requirements

Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:

  • Citizenship: To be eligible for employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, applicants must be an Australian citizen. Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
  • Health Assessment: The preferred applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
  • Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at Baseline level. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information. You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.
  • Qualifications: Tertiary qualifications in economics.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity close on 11.59pm AEDT, Wednesday 5 February 2020.

In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria. Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than one page outlining your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, to a maximum of two pages. The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.

Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system.

If you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6274 6161 or via email to recruitment@infrastructure.gov.au to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.


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