Job Details
  • Reference397564A_1661483870
  • LocationCanberra
  • Job TypeContract
  • Postedabout 1 month ago
  • ConsultantFiona Bell

As one of the Australia's largest providers of human resources solutions, Chandler Macleod has a proven track record of unleashing potential in people and companies. For over 40 years Chandler Macleod's recruitment business has connected leading-edge projects and employers with outstanding business professionals.

Our Federal Government client is seeking to engage a Policy Officer on a Non-ongoing 12 months contract, option for extension.

Position Overview

APS6 Policy Officers work under limited direction to develop and implement complex policies within specific programme or technical areas. They identify issues, undertake research and analysis, and consult with a range of stakeholders to develop and implement policy programs. They also measure and monitor policy effectiveness.

Officers in this role support the provision of complex policy advice in alignment with clearly established strategic priorities and procedures. They contribute to complex requests for advice and emerging issues, with thoroughly researched evidence-based recommendations. They support policy advice systems improvement and the development and implementation of processes, procedures and tools that support the delivery of high quality policy advice.


  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to draft a range of documentation
  • Research and analysis skills
  • Ability to identify, analyse and synthesise data from a variety of sources
  • Records and information management skills, including use of Departmental systems
  • Time management skills to achieve allocated tasks
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills to identify trends impacting policy development
  • Stakeholder engagement skills to achieve policy outcomes that align with Departmental objectives
  • Project management skills to contribute to efficient policy development


  • Relevant legislation, regulations, policy and frameworks
  • Relevant Departmental roles and functions, including operating models, business processes and standard operating procedures
  • Policy lifecycle including relevant methodologies
  • Government and Departmental priorities and their impacts on policy development
  • Government and department decision-making processes
  • Understanding of policy priorities and agendas from government, industry, community and agency perspectives
  • Sound subject matter expertise in the relevant policy domain
  • Strong awareness of external factors which may influence departmental or whole of government strategic priorities and objectives


  • Responsiveness to changing priorities in a dynamic environment
  • Attention to detail to ensure consistency and accuracy of policy documentation
  • Learning agility to adapt to new and changing policy priorities
  • Analytical thinking and evidence based decision making
  • Interpersonal effectiveness to build rapport and maintain stakeholder relationships
  • Innovative thinking to develop alternative solutions
  • Politically astute and ability to understand and operate within the current environment
  • Resilience to maintain and meet performance standards in pressured and unpredictable environments
  • Self-aware and responsible for own actions.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate submit your application by hitting "Apply for this job". One of our consultant will reach out. Alternatively, you can call Fiona Bell on 02 6268 9931 or email for further discussion.