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Adviser, Office of Best Practice Regulation


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Job Description:

The Opportunity:
 
We support flexible working practices including working from home and our Canberra-based offices are designed to enable flexible working approaches through spaces that have been designed to accommodate a range of working styles (whilst at all times adhering to social distancing principles and appropriate hygiene practices). This type of working supports increased communication and collaboration, and encourages agility and innovation. PM&C staff have the flexibility to make use of activity-based working principles, allowing them to choose where and how they work in an open space, while using integrated technological solutions
 
Economic Division provides advice and support to the Prime Minister and portfolio Ministers on the Australian and international economies and reforms to enhance our nation’s prosperity.
 
Located within Economic Division, the Office of Best Practice Regulation is a central part of the policymaking process. Our role is to ensure policy proposals that come before decision-makers are accompanied by robust and high quality analysis of the potential impacts. We work to ensure good policy development, and engage closely with agencies to best support the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and other decision-makers by ensuring new policies and programs can demonstrate a clear evidence base and analyse the broader economic, social and regulatory impacts of policy proposals. We are the stewards of the Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) framework in Australia, which is the foundation of evidence-based policy making used across more than 30 OECD jurisdictions.
 
The scope of OBPR spans policies under consideration across every APS Department and Agency, the Council of Australian Governments and all of its supporting Ministerial Councils and decision making bodies. We ensure that the most significant decisions of Government are subject to this rigorous analysis and process. Examples of recent policies we’ve provided advice and support on include:
  • Safety of autonomous vehicles
  • Phasing out exports of recyclable material
  • Live sheep export ban
  • Cash payment limits
  • 5G spectrum allocation
 
We work closely with all areas of PM&C and senior executives in the Department to ensure this analysis contributes to PM&C decision making and advice to the Prime Minister.
 
Our guiding principles are set out in the Australian Government and Council of Australian Governments Regulatory Impact Assessment frameworks, available at www.pmc.gov.au/regulation.
 
Our Ideal Candidates:
 
The Office of Best Practice Regulation is looking to attract talent from across the public and private sectors, to fill vacancies, and create a merit list for future opportunities, across the APS 6 and EL 1 levels. More information on APS work standards and classification levels can be found here.
 
Staff in the Office of Best Practice Regulation must be critical thinkers, able to apply strong conceptual and analytical skills to a wide range of policy issues. Successful applicants will have a proven record of delivering accurate and timely policy advice and analysis.
 
We work in a dynamic and fast paced environment, and are looking for people who work effectively under pressure and can balance a number of competing priorities. At the core of our work is collaboration working with colleagues across PM&C, but crucially with other Departments and Agencies. Core functions of the role include identifying policy issues at their earliest stage; undertaking training and capacity building on impact analysis; and assessing other Department’s analysis of the potential impacts of their proposals. An ability to work in a team environment is essential.
 
The frameworks used by OBPR are the embodiment of good policy development. Successful applicants will be those that are familiar and are passionate about the steps involved in undertaking evidence-based policy analysis. This includes working with other Departments to assist them to clearly identify the policy problem, articulate the pros and cons of all viable response options as well as stepping out the views of stakeholders and how precisely they will be impacted.
 
Successful applicants must be able to exercise initiative and good judgement, possess good decision-making skills, and be motivated to deliver results. This includes working at times as a coach or guide to agencies on good policy development, and more formally as an assessor of their work. Working through sensitive issues within PM&C, and with external Departments and agencies is at the heart of what we do. The ability to respond flexibly in a rapidly changing environment and deal with uncertainty will be an advantage.
 
A department’s regulatory impact analysis, along with your assessment of the quality of that department’s work, is made public on the OBPR website, and you will need to demonstrate comfort in making judgements that will be subject to review and critique by stakeholders.
 
We will encourage you to take on a leadership role within your team and across the Office, helping to support and motivate others in the team, engaging with the Executive, representing the Department at meetings and working independently with internal and external stakeholders.
 
What We Offer
  • A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.
  • Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development and networking opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.
  • The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.
  • We support flexible working practices including working from home and our Canberra-based offices are designed to enable flexible working approaches through spaces that have been designed to accommodate a range of working styles (whilst at all times adhering to social distancing principles and appropriate hygiene practices). This type of working supports increased communication and collaboration, and encourages agility and innovation. PM&C staff have the flexibility to make use of activity-based working principles, allowing them to choose where and how they work in an open space, while using integrated technological solutions.
 
Eligibility:
 
To be eligible for these positions you must be an Australian Citizen by the application closing date.
 
The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a NV1 level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.
 
How to apply:
 
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you!  Submit an online application through the PM&C Careers Page by 11:30PM Thursday 4 June 2020 AEST.
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Job ID:

10187

Employment Type:

Full time

Location:

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Title:

Adviser, Office of Best Practice Regulation

Category:

Government
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Posted:

18.05.2020

Salary:

$83,647 - $122,513 per year