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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Position Level: 
APS Level 5; APS Level 6
$74,887 to $92,540
Canberra, ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
20 September 2020
The upcoming date less then 1 day.

Energy is essential for Australia’s economy and modern lifestyle – it underpins almost everything we do. Our energy markets are experiencing rapid and unprecedented change. In this context, ensuring households and businesses have access to affordable, reliable, secure and sustainable energy supplies is one of the Australian Government’s top priorities.

This is your chance to join a fast-paced and dynamic team at the forefront of Australia’s energy transition.
The Energy Division, within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, is responsible for high-profile initiatives to improve outcomes in Australia’s electricity and gas markets. This includes advising on policies that underpin these markets as well as designing and implementing programs to deliver affordable and reliable energy.

The Division has roles available in several teams. These teams are responsible for advice on and implementation of: planning, regulation and support for network infrastructure, major energy infrastructure projects such as Snowy Hydro and Marinus Link, a long-term market design for the National Electricity Market (NEM), policies and mechanisms to ensure reliability and security of electricity grids and programs to support the development of microgrids.

Key duties

You will work as part of a team to deliver on the relevant work program. Your duties will depend on the role, but may include:

  • undertaking research and analysis (including data, legislative/regulatory, and financial),
  • developing advice based on that research and analysis,
  • drafting ministerial and senior executive briefing (both oral and written),
  • drafting policy papers, cabinet submissions or parts of cabinet submissions,
  • supporting stakeholder relationships, including with market participants, energy market bodies, state and territory governments and other Commonwealth departments and agencies, or
  • managing government processes on an ad-hoc basis, such as Freedom of Information requests and procurements,
  • supervising and developing junior staff.


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

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill ongoing and non-ongoing APS Level 5 and APS Level 6 positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing APS Level 5 and APS Level 6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people. RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. 

Getting to know the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

The department drives growth and job creation for a more prosperous Australia, by facilitating economic transformation and boosting business entrepreneurialism. We facilitate the growth and productivity of globally competitive industries, by bringing together industry, energy, resources, science. We support the affordable, reliable, secure and competitive operation of energy markets for the long term benefit of the Australian community and industries through improving Australia’s energy supply, efficiency, quality, performance and productivity. We also support the building of a strong scientific capability, business innovation, and the commercialisation of new ideas as critical requirements for productivity and economic growth. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and better outcomes for Australia.

For more information: 
Kathleen Patroni
0435 541 998
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