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Policy Officers And Assistant Managers, Aps Level 5/6 And Executive Level 1, Technology And National Security Division

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources - Canberra Airport, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
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About The Team

The Technology and National Security Division advises on the impacts of technology and how the digital economy will drive jobs and growth. We develop and implement policies and programs on emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, blockchain and quantum and support the digitisation of Australian businesses and the adoption of technology across the economy. As part of Australian Government’s $800m Digital Business Plan, we deliver a number of initiatives to enable businesses to take advantage of digital technologies to grow their businesses and create jobs as part of our economic recovery plan. We are also responsible for growing the Australian technology sector, cyber security and critical technologies policy and industry growth, national security engagement, and Australia’s international engagement on digital economy and technology issues.

We are looking for policy officers for vacancies across the division including in our cyber and critical technologies teams and would highly value candidates with an understanding or background in these fields.

The division is based in Sydney and Canberra, roles will only be considered in these locations. Some roles can only be filled in our Canberra location.

Our ideal candidates

Candidates Must

  • thrive in dynamic fast-paced environments and be a highly motivated self-starter
  • be comfortable with ambiguity and have an ability to complete tasks with limited or incomplete guidance
  • have the ability to identify relevant stakeholders and build relationships
  • have strong analytical and problem solving skills with an ability to build an evidence base to inform or influence decision makers
  • have proven ability to show initiative and develop innovative solutions to achieve results
  • have strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex issues to non-expert audiences
  • have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and operate as an effective team member
  • have the ability manage competing priorities, anticipate and meet the needs of stakeholders, and identify opportunities to inform government decision-making
  • have emotional intelligence and resilience.

At the Executive Level 1, in addition to these criteria, you must:
  • have a demonstrated ability to lead, mentor and manage the performance of diverse teams.

You do not need to be a technical expert in specific technologies. Experience in, or an understanding of cyber security and critical technology policy, or the digital economy and the technology sector would be an advantage.

What You Will Do

As an APS Level 5/6 policy officer you will contribute to the work of the division and support your Manager to deliver the team’s work program and deliver high-quality policy outcomes. Activities may include:
  • Applying innovative and creative thinking skills to challenge conventional views, and facilitating the development of strategic, innovative, and evidence based policy.
  • Undertaking research and analysis into complex relevant policy issues and providing support and guidance to junior staff in these tasks.
  • Providing regular ministerial and senior executive briefing (both oral and written).
  • Managing key stakeholder relationships, including members of the technology sector, various peak bodies and industry associations, state and territory governments and other Commonwealth departments and agencies.
  • Representing the department in external forums and working groups.

At the Executive Level 1, in addition to these criteria, you will:
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, coaching and performance management to a diverse team.


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

Security Clearance

These positions require a minimum of a Baseline security clearance, with some roles requiring a higher clearance level up to a NV2. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at the required level.

The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process will be used to fill both ongoing roles and expected non-ongoing vacancies.

If you are an ongoing APS employee, we can offer a temporary transfer at level, or a temporary movement at a higher classification.

We can also offer non-ongoing employment for a 6 month period if you are not already employed in the APS (on a permanent basis).

How To Apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. In no more than 750 words, 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. You should try and align your application to the job description.

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 Meredith Horne (Meredith.Horne@industry.gov.au ) or Jessica Yelavich (Jessica.Yelavich@industry.gov.au).

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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at Diversity@industry.gov.au for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact recruitment@industry.gov.au or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

Canberra Airport, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency


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