Senior Policy Officer - APS6

Senior Policy Officer - Geelong

An exciting opportunity for a Senior Policy Officer to support the delivery and implementation of community projects, in Governance, and Government Division within this Federal Agency. As this role is within the Federal Government, applications are required to hold Australian Citizenship in order to be considered. We are unable to consider Permanent Residents.

About the role
As a Senior Policy Officer, you will be supporting the delivery and implementation of three significant services to the performance of the organization. These projects directly help those in need and you will see the work that you do have an impact. The key policy development areas include school transport, personal care in schools, voluntary out of home care and employment.

The Scheme Policy Branch in the Governance and Government Division is responsible for:

  • establishing clear processes to develop, interpret and deliver policy to business areas for implementation;
  • pathways to align policy to corporate priorities; and
  • access to a pool of expertise; and recruitment of staff with appropriate skills
  • Mainstream Interface: mapping the Applied Principles and Tables of Services (APTOS) with an initial focus on health, justice, mental health, child protection.
  • Mainstream Strategy and Engagement - underpin the work of the Mainstream Interface Section by establishing clear governance arrangements and establishing productive relationships across the Agency, Commonwealth and State
  • Scheme Policy Section for policy design including: school transport, personal care in schools, voluntary out of home care, employment, research, Independent Advisory Council (IAC), and CEO forum engagement


This position will work in a sub team responsible for addressing current and emerging issues identified through the implementation of policy development and advice. The position will contribute to the development of policy solutions, and will involve consulting with relevant business areas to gather and analyse relevant information, prepare briefs for consideration by internal and external audiences, preparation of Ministerial correspondence etc.

The successful candidate will have extremely strong written and communication skills, sound judgement, analysis and stakeholder engagement skills. A strong understanding, or ability to quickly develop an understanding, of government processes and knowledge would be of benefit.

Contemporary attitude to disability

  • Positive contemporary attitudes to people with disability.
  • Understanding and knowledge of disability and its impact on individuals.
  • Experience with supporting people with a disability to maximise participation in community.
  • Competency, or ability to develop competency, in consistently applying assessment tools to identify support needs.
  • Competency with IT systems.
  • Strong and adaptable communication and interpersonal skills.

Tertiary qualifications in human services, project management, finance, economics, law or business are desirable.

Experience in policy development or implementation is desirable.

Entry Level checks will be required for all successful candidates and dependent on the role. For further information, please email your resume to ahoughton@ipa.com.au

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Posted on: 5 November 2018 Contract Geelong, Victoria
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