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Senior Policy Officer, APS Level 6, Industry Growth Division

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Policy, APS Level 6

About the team

The Industry Growth Division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science provides advice on industry performance and policies to grow Australian businesses and regulates Australia’s civil space activities. The division works strategically to encourage industry capability, competitiveness and innovation efforts, while migrating barriers and smoothing industry transition.

Several ongoing vacancies currently exist in branches of the Division. The following branches have current vacancies:

Industry Transition BranchThe Branch provides advice on a range of industry policy issues in the civil space, cyber security, building and construction, metals, defence, commercial/civil aerospace, marine, and industry structural adjustment.

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Branch – The Branch has the policy oversight of the Mining Equipment, technology and Services industry, implementation of the Advanced Manufacturing Fund, Industry 4.0 issues, oversight of the METS, Advanced Manufacturing and Medical Technologies Growth Centres, supports the Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Authority in administering the Australian Jobs Act 2013, and develops policy and guidance for Australian Industry Participation, including the Industry Capability Network (ICN).

Food, Chemicals and Business Facilitation Branch – The Branch provides advice on the food, agribusiness, and chemicals sectors and has a policy role in program design related to business management and management capability. A vacancy exists in the Chemicals and Business Facilitation Section to contribute to projects and policy advice on business facilitation, including indigenous business issues and business management capability.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will have the opportunity to develop and implement government policy and utilise the following:

  • analytical and conceptual skills to help develop evidence based policy to address both short and longer term industry challenges
  • insights into the drivers for business
  • an understanding of government processes
  • good communication, including the articulation and writing about complex information clearly and succinctly
  • strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain productive working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • organisational skills, including an ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment, manage competing priorities and effectively meet tight timeframes
  • the provision of timely and accurate advice.

What you will do

As an APS 6 in the Industry Growth Division you will work collaboratively in dynamic policy teams to develop strategic industry policy.

In these roles, you will use your critical thinking, communication and stakeholder engagement skills. Depending on team, your responsibilities may include:

  • undertaking research and analysis to support complex policy development, implementation and evaluation, including analysis of quantitative metrics;
  • producing written materials such as Ministerial briefs and correspondence, other briefings as well as a range of policy paper; and
  • working with a wide range of stakeholders to meet policy objectives, including businesses, researchers, internal program delivery partners and across government.


A tertiary qualification and relevant work experience is desirable.

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

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance.     


This recruitment process is being used to fill current ongoing APS Level 6 positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing APS Level 6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

Future non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Judith Blake on 02 6213 6872 or via

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life.  Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual.  Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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