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SURRY HILLS 2010, NSW, Australia

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Advisers, Social Policy Group


Job Requirements:


Executive Level 1 ($107,494 - $122,513)

Employment Type

Ongoing & Non-ongoing (up to 12 months), Flexible working arrangements will be considered

This role is being advertised as both ongoing and non-ongoing, with the employment type to be determined in negotiation with the preferred candidate and the NIAA delegate.

Where a non-ongoing specified term is offered, this would be for an initial period of up to 12 months, with possibility of extension up to a maximum period of three years.

A non-ongoing offer may result in conversion to an ongoing offer of employment, however this must occur with 12 months from the opening date of this advertisement.

The Opportunity

Social Policy Division’s mission is to improve the lives of all Australians by supporting individuals, families and communities to thrive. We provide advice to the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Portfolio Ministers on issues related to education, health, aged care, disability, immigration, sports as well as social and human services. We also support the Prime Minister to increase the focus on service delivery, citizen engagement and customer service across the range of Australian Government funded services.


Social Policy Division is seeking positive, motivated, resilient and experienced Policy Advisers for multiple EL1 positions. The roles are fast-paced, varied and present exciting opportunities to help shape and implement the Government’s social policy agenda.


As an Adviser within the Social Policy Division, you will support the development and implementation of social policy and advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on social policy issues affecting all Australians. You will have the opportunity to work with a team of highly skilled and experienced colleagues and leaders in a supportive and collaborative work environment to achieve meaningful change in a challenging and high-priority policy area.


Key roles and responsibilities include:

  • Providing considered and timely advice and preparing briefings on social policy matters for the Prime Minister, Assistant Minister and senior executives, taking account of broader social and economic goals and constraints.
  • Drafting guidance and advice to agencies and advocating for a whole-of-government approach to issues
  • Undertake evidence-based policy work within a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Supporting the decision-making Commonwealth Cabinet and its committees, the National Cabinet, and parliamentary processes.
  • Contributing to the Commonwealth Budget process.
  • Establishing and building collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to inform policy advice and support delivery of government’s agenda.
  • Supervising and developing APS level officers.
  • Proactively contributing to the development of PMC’s positive corporate culture.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are seeking highly motivated candidates who thrive in busy, dynamic environments. Working in small teams with broad responsibilities, you will be able to quickly get across new material and provide considered and succinct policy advice.

You will have excellent communication skills, strong research and analysis skills, and be able to communicate clearly with a wide range of stakeholders, building strong and friendly working relationships.

Candidates should be able to draft high quality briefs, submissions, correspondence and other written material. Candidates should have the judgement, flexibility and resilience to manage competing priorities.

You will have strong interpersonal skills, working well in a team environment and be able to liaise effectively across the division, department and broader Australian Government.

To be successful at the EL1 level, candidates will need to demonstrate independent problem solving skills, have a proven ability to deliver complex tasks to a high standards, and be able to work with limited direction.

To be successful at the EL1 level, candidates will need to demonstrate the capacity to proactively lead tasks with limited supervision, direct staff, and solve complex problems independently. Prior experience in policy, data and/or research fields is desirable but not essential.

Roles at the EL1 level will typically require the supervision of APS level staff. The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership skills, including a commitment to the development of their team members.

Some roles may at times relate to challenging subject matter; the ideal candidate would therefore be able to demonstrate personal resilience and/or awareness of self-care.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and the capacity to identify the needs of all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and LGBTI+ people, in advice.

Identified Position

This position is Identified which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This position has limited contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers, but is still required to have the capacity and willingness to further develop these skills. You will require capacity to attain cultural competency, including:
  • understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • willingness and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency

Contact Officer

Susan Azmi on (02) 6228 6909 or Susan.Azmi@pmc.gov.au


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SURRY HILLS 2010, NSW, Australia


Advisers, Social Policy Group






$107,494 - $122,513 per year