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Policy and Program Officers, APS5 & APS6, Technology & Digital Division

About the Department

The Department Of Industry, Science And Resources And Our Broader Portfolio Are Integral To The Australian Government’s Economic Agenda. Our Purpose Is To Help The Government Build a Better Future For All Australians Through Enabling a Productive, Resilient And Sustainable Economy, Enriched By Science And Technology. We Do This By

  • Growing innovative & competitive businesses, industries and regions

  • Investing in science and technology

  • Strengthening the resources sector.

About the team

This is a great opportunity to work with a collaborative, talented, friendly and flexible team on policy and programs at the cutting edge of technology.

We provide a flexible working environment which includes remote working options. For most roles, candidates do not need to be based in Canberra. DISR has offices in most state and territory capitals. We are a flexible and supportive workplace and are open to part-time and job-sharing options for the positions.

We prioritise and invest in the growth and development of our teams and individuals, and seek to create a workplace which values inclusion and diversity.


The Technology and Digital Division has a range of roles on offer, providing the opportunity to work in teams that are:

  • Leading policy development and implementation to support the responsible development and use of AI.

  • Developing Australia’s first National Robotics Strategy to promote the responsible production and adoption of robotics and automation technologies.

  • Delivering the National Quantum Strategy which will have enormous economic and national security implications, ultimately impacting the health and wellbeing of Australians.

  • Leading whole-of-government approaches to critical technology policy, including advising government on over-the-horizon opportunities and risks.

  • Driving whole-of-government coordination of digital policies that impact the economy, including supporting the Government’s commitment to reach 1.2 million tech-related jobs by 2030 and monitoring the landscape of our increasing digital world.

  • Managing, developing and implementing policy that supports how emerging technologies are regulated to enable a thriving digital economy for Australia.

  • Working with leading experts and industry stakeholders domestically and internationally on the design and development of technical standards for critical technologies.

  • Contributing to building stronger cyber security capability for the Australian economy.

The Critical Technologies Branch is also seeking candidates with national security experience or an understanding of broader national security policy issues that are interested in working flexibly. Our branch performs a whole-of-government function and is responsible for providing advice to Government on the national security and economic risks and opportunities associated with critical technologies policy, so understanding how to apply national security policy advice into the broader economic and government policy space is highly desirable. We’re seeking a candidate with an NV1 or NV2 security clearance - or the willingness to upgrade their clearance - for a Canberra based position.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidates are dependable, curious, positive, flexible, effective communicators, team players, work well under pressure and like to have fun at work!

We are looking for people with strong backgrounds in areas of policy, program delivery, governance, economic and strategic analysis, stakeholder engagement, procurement, financial, international negotiation, national security or subject matter expertise.

We are building a dynamic and diverse team, our ideal candidates will demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Be collaborative and have excellent interpersonal skills

  • Have strong research and problem-solving skills

  • Have strong coordination skills, be highly organised and be able to manage competing priorities

  • Have strong research and analytical skills

  • Show initiative and work independently to complete tasks with limited guidance

  • Thrive in a dynamic working environment and embrace change

  • Be a team player and contribute to setting the direction of work priorities

We will work with new team members to build their subject-matter expertise in the division’s focus areas and provide opportunities to develop skills in designing policy and implementing programs.

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for these positions.

What You Will Do

Please note: Technology and Digital Division is not a corporate ICT service delivery division. We focus on government policy and program delivery.

As a Policy or Program Officer, at the APS 6 level, you may:

  • Develop policy, including working on New Policy Proposals and Cabinet processes.

  • Contribute to whole-of-Government collaboration on strategies and policy relating to critical and digital technologies.

  • Contribute to program design and implementation including grant programs and whole-of-Government taskforce programs.

  • Prepare written and verbal briefings and correspondence for senior staff, Ministers and stakeholders to provide advice, assistance and information relating to policy or programs.

  • Undertake research and analysis into relevant policy and program issues and preparing reports and briefings.

  • Problem solve, including consulting with subject matter experts and escalating as appropriate.

  • Lead secretariat functions.

  • Plan and draft briefings for international stakeholder engagement.

  • Contribute to the shared goals of the team and creating a positive culture.

As a Policy or Program Officer, at the APS 5 level, you may:

  • Assist with problem solving and issue resolution, and escalating risks as appropriate.

  • Assist with preparing written or verbal briefings and correspondence for senior staff, Ministers, and stakeholders.

  • Undertake secretariat functions including arranging the logistics for large meetings or summits.

  • Undertake research and analysis into relevant policy and program issues.

  • Coordinate responses to ad-hoc data requests from policy, program areas, and Ministers’ offices.

  • Assist and coordinate the planning of, and briefings for, international stakeholder engagement.

  • Manage shared mailboxes to ensure that tasks, coordination requests and enquiries are handled by the team in a timely manner.

  • Contribute to the shared goals of the team and creating a positive culture.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, candidates must be Australian Citizens.

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette.

The department does currently offer flexible work opportunities for many roles. This vacancy is ACT - Industry House,NSW - Sydney,NT - Darwin - Mitchell St,QLD - Brisbane - Cleveland,QLD - Townsville,SA - Adelaide - Flinders St,TAS - Hobart,VIC - Melbourne - Bourke St,WA - Perth - The Esplanade based, although flexible or remote work arrangements may be considered. Please reach out to the contact officer to discuss this further.

Application information

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

Please provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 500 words and should align to the key duties listed above.

Please complete your application online and provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

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