EL 1 - Industry Policy & Program Officer


  • $101,955 - $115,005 (plus super)
  • Brindabella Park - ACT

The Role
Your role may focus on one main function / activity or your responsibilities may span all categories. We need people who can understand and apply relevant legislative and policy frameworks, and work effectively within a corporate and political landscape. We are looking for people with relevant skills and experience, the most important of which are strong writing, editorial and analytical abilities. We need people who think strategically and critically, have a good eye for detail, and understand the pressures of working in a highly demanding area with frequently changing priorities, and are accustomed to this by remaining calm and resilient.

About our Team
The Company Profiles and Industry Analysis (CPIA) team sits within the Australian Industry Capability (AIC), branch of the Australian Government Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).

AIC’s role is to support CASG and the broader department to make strong business decisions by delivering timely and accurate supplier information, insight and management. The CPIA team plays a core role in the achievement of this strategic objective.

The CPIA team is responsible for responding to a range of requests for information from Ministers, Parliament, Senior Executives and key stakeholders in relation to current, previous or potential suppliers to Defence, including through:


  • Supplier intelligence and understanding the suppliers with which Defence does business, (including those engaged to deliver goods, services and capability on behalf of Defence) The CPIA team maintains an extensive “library” of high level snap-shots of suppliers, based on open-source information, that are known as a “Company Profile”. The library must be kept current, with profiles constantly being updated through ongoing market and news scanning and intelligence gathering.
  • Stakeholder briefings, correspondence and communication products. Much of the CPIA team’s work program is based on drafting, coordinating and/or providing input to development of the following products:
  • Ministerial and Defence Executive Briefs (e.g. Defence-specific supplier information, risks and sensitivities, program and project outlines);
  • Ministerial and Executive meeting and events briefs (e.g. government and industry functions, breakfasts);
  • General supplier information and other adhoc requests;
  • Media releases and enquiries; and
  • Speeches, speaking notes, talking points.
  • Development and management of a Program to improve relationships between Defence and Industry and to develop a comprehensive view of suppliers within Defence.

Our Ideal Candidate
Team members liaise directly with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. Ministerial office staff, departmental coordination units, senior executives, suppliers and line areas) each and every day, including often asking for urgent and last minute input. You must have strong inter-personal skills (communicating politely, with influence and diplomacy) and be customer-focused. You will need to build and maintain positive working relationships, as they will help you collect the information you need and meet tight deadlines. You will have excellent time-management skills and be able to effectively manage competing and conflicting priorities, and be able to identify and manage risks, issues and sensitivities appropriately.

You may have public service (Commonwealth, State or Territory) experience, or you may have worked in similar or relevant roles and fields such as policy officers, industry advisors, business and data analysts (including data mining and analytics), supplier intelligence, journalism or media.