Australia nationals: Policy Officer (Drought)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government
Canberra, ACT, Australia
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A little bit about us

The Division provides advice to Government on regional development and local government.  It focuses on strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies and communities through regional policy and program development; facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance to regional communities and local and state governments.

The Regional Policy Branch informs regional investment and major Australian Government initiatives through analysis, evaluation and policy development.  It also provides policy advice and coordination across the department on whole of government processes that have regional impacts. The Branch also supports the Minister to lead the Government’s decentralisation agenda as well as whole of Government drought efforts.

The opportunity we have available

The Drought Section delivers policy advice on the Australian Government’s range of drought measures to support rural, remote and regional communities. The Section plays a key role in producing strategic policy advice to Ministers, Cabinet and senior executives, while also managing the policy and delivery of financial assistance programs, such as the Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) and the Drought Communities Programme (DCP) Extension. The Section also leads the roll-out of the Australian Government’s Drought Community Outreach Events which involves all levels of government working together, and partnering with trusted stakeholders, to coordinate information, services and advice in drought-affected regional communities.

What will you do?

Key work activities include contributing to the development of policy advice and the preparation of briefing materials for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, departmental senior executive and other Australian Government agencies.

You will be required to contribute to the preparation of briefing on portfolio-related drought matters, including Cabinet and parliamentary advice, meeting briefs and talking points, contributions to speeches and preparation of regular reports. This information is required within prescribed timeframes and often with very short deadlines.

The section coordinates the logistics and leads the roll-out of the department’s Drought Community Outreach Events across regional, rural and remote Australia. In 2019, the Section ran 72 events across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia to deliver support to drought-affected communities. In this capacity, you will be required to engage and collaborate with a range of government and non-government stakeholders, and develop cooperative and productive working relationships to achieve portfolio goals and represent the department. Some travel may be required.

Activities that will be undertaken include:

  • Develop strategic advice concerning whole-of-government drought measures to support regional communities;
  • Prepare policy advice and assist with the delivery of the DCSI, the DCP Extension and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program;
  • Contribute to short-turnaround Cabinet and parliamentary briefing, correspondence and media requests concerning the department’s drought programs;
  • Work closely with the department of Agriculture and other agencies to deliver the whole-of-government drought agenda;
  • Engage and consult with relevant state government bodies and key stakeholders to coordinate the roll-out of the Drought Community Outreach Sessions;
  • Lead the creation of communications, promotional tools and media material for the Drought Community Outreach Sessions; and
  • Interpretation and reporting of Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics data and liaison with these agencies.

What else can we offer?

The position offers an opportunity to work on high-profile and impactful policy initiatives that directly support regional communities experiencing hardship across Australia. The position involves a mix of policy, stakeholder engagement and communications activities, including the ability to work on the Australian Government’s Drought Community Outreach Events. In 2019, the Section successfully delivered 72 successful Drought Community Outreach Events to over 2,500 farmers and community members in drought-affected areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. This position offers the opportunity to make a significant contribution to this role, with an opportunity to travel across regional Australia.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who can:

  1. Communicate with influence including the ability to prepare written and clearly articulated verbal briefing and advice on the department’s portfolio responsibilities concerning drought;
  2. Analyse and interpret data and information from a variety of sources and present logical arguments to make evidence-based decisions that contribute to developing policy options and solutions;
  3. Engage, collaborate and develop relationships with stakeholders to inform the design and delivery of major initiatives and coordinated approaches across all levels of government, key stakeholders and non-government organisations;
  4. Deliver relevant, effective projects and programs aligned to the department’s objectives and contribute to the department’s overall performance; and
  5. Conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner in accordance with the APS Values and Ethics.

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 Vetting 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.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity close at 11.59pm AEDT, Wednesday 18 December 2019.

In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria.  Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than three pages 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.