Strategic Policy Officer


Strategic Policy Officer
Executive Level 1
Ongoing & Non-ongoing

There are a number of opportunities in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy to contribute to the protection of Australia’s environment and heritage, including environmental health, through developing and implementing regulation, national standards and guidance.

We are looking for strategic thinkers who are motivated, adaptable and are good at working collaboratively.

The roles will involve conducting analysis and research to provide advice and develop policy on environment protection, site contamination, chemical and/or waste regulation and standards. You will also be supporting the Executive and Minister by providing high level advice and briefing on the policy issues related to environmental protection and environmental health and liaising with internal and external stakeholders to identify and collaboratively develop / co-design approaches on key regulatory and policy issues.

These roles will support key activities of the Environment Standards Division within the Department over the coming year including:

  • Planning and preparation for the next statutory review of the EPBC Act, which must commence no later than October 2019
  • Collaborating with states and territories and other Commonwealth agencies on the development of national approaches and guidance on managing chemical contamination from per- and polyfluoro alkylated substances in the PFAS national environmental management plan - incorporating technical, policy and project management elements
  • Working with government and industry stakeholders to progress the treaty making process for the perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) listing under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, including finalising a regulation impact statement for a Government decision on ratification, and any implementation that follows


The successful applicant must be an Australian citizen (or have permanent residency status pending the granting of Australian citizenship) and be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance (Baseline).


The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Enterprise Agreement at

How to apply

Applications should be made through the department’s online recruitment system at:, if you are unable to access the internet, please submit your application to the contact officer below.

To obtain further information about the position please contact:
Carolyn Goonrey, (02) 6274 1033
[email protected]

To obtain selection documentation please contact:
Rebecca Edwards, (02) 6274 1242
[email protected]

Applications close: 11.30pm (AEDT) on 25 November 2018.

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