GAZ - APS5 - ACT - Policy And Program Officer

Who can apply:
Please note this opportunity is available to current Australian Public Service employees and all eligible members of the community.

About the Department of Home Affairs:
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The Department of Home Affairs is a central policy agency, providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership for Australia's national and transport security, federal law enforcement, criminal justice, cyber security, border, immigration, multicultural affairs, emergency management and trade related functions.

The Department of Home Affairs includes the entirety of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It also includes national security, emergency management and criminal justice functions from the Attorney-General's Department; the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; multicultural affairs from the Department of Social Services; and the counter-terrorism coordination and cyber security policy functions from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Overview of the Branch:

The Communication and Engagement Branch in the Social Cohesion Division generates dynamic insights into social media and community sentiment so as to respond to malign information that can undermine Australia’s social cohesion. The Branch undertakes research and engages closely with government, industry and other stakeholders. It contributes to the Social Cohesion and Citizenship Group’s role in countering terrorism, violent extremism and foreign interference in Australia. The Branch also supports the Operation Sovereign Borders communications campaign.

About the role:

There are several exciting and diverse opportunities at the AP5 level in the Research and Evaluation Section of the Communication and Engagement Branch. The role involves policy, program and legislative work in the priority area of social cohesion.

Our ideal candidate:

We seek policy officers who have the ability to pick up new concepts quickly, think strategically, have excellent writing and stakeholder liaison skills and communicate clearly. We are looking for good team players who want to work in a supportive, challenging and fast-paced environment.

Specific duties/responsibilities:

Depending on the role, the successful applicants may be required to:

  • Support the identification and research of current and emerging policy issues
  • Support the development and analysis of policy options and recommend solutions to policy problems, including policy and legislative solutions
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with a range of policy, program, community engagement, communications, legal, financial and other colleagues within the department and across the whole of government
  • Assist in drafting high quality ministerial submissions and briefs, including contributing to National Security College (NSC) and Cabinet submissions
  • Assist in reviewing existing policy and developing new policy to align with Government priorities
  • Assist in monitoring implementation of existing programs/policies and initiate reviews and/or evaluation to inform future policy development.

Applicant response:
As part of your application, you will be required to prepare a response document (minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format), which you will upload in the next section.

Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting that failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.

Please prepare a one-page Applicant Response in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

  • how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role
  • why you are interested in the role and what you can offer us
  • any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role

How to apply:
You are required to submit your application in Home Affairs’ online recruitment system (ourPeople). Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level Standards relevant to the classification you are applying to.

It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership System information relevant to the classification.

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • Details of two referees
  • Your Applicant Response document that details how your skills, knowledge and qualifications make you the best person for the role.

To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Fulfil the Department’s minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process
  • Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • Obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Undergo a health assessment (where applicable).

Mandatory (and where applicable, role specific) screening questions are used within the application to ensure all successful applicants meet these minimum requirements of the Department.

Notes :
Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

Information about employment in the Department of Home Affairs, and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the department’s website at

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to recruitment at . A response will be sent during business hours.

If you have identified as having a disability, please indicate whether you require any support throughout the selection process. For further information please contact Recruitment: