Principal Policy Officer Pool


Perth, WA

Posted 2/15/2020


Friday 28 February 2020 at 11:45PM WST

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) purpose is to create enduring prosperity for all Western Australians. Our department ensures that primary industries and regions are key contributors to the Government’s agenda for economic growth and diversification, job creation, strong communities and better places.

We work collaboratively across government, industry and community to advance three goals: Protect, Grow, Innovate.

For more information about the Department, please visit our website.

Position Profile

We currently have two (2) permanent full time appointments available for immediate filling, in the:

Policy and Economics team that provides regional development advice; identifies challenges/opportunities facing WA’s regions; develops policy solutions and advice; and undertake economic and policy analysis.

Portfolio Leadership team that leads the accountability processes for the Regional Development Commissions; coordinates regional business planning; provides secretariat support for a number of advisory committees; and provides advisory and research support to the Regional Development Trust.

We are seeking to establish a pool of suitably qualified applicants for the role of Principal Policy Officers. The pool will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months following finalisation of the process and may be used to fill permanent and fixed term, full time and part time opportunities that may arise in this period. Please note, being appointed to the pool does not guarantee you placement to a position.

The Principal Policy Officer will lead the development, implementation and review of strategic policy frameworks and responses to enable achievement of the Department’s planned outcomes and alignment with broader government objectives. In this position you will provide strategic evidence based advice and support to the Executive and Director General and to shape the Department’s forward program for policy development and implementation through the use of economic modelling.

Please refer to the Job Description Form attached for full position details.

Eligibility / Other Conditions

Interstate and /or interstate travel may be required.

This position is located in Perth Metropolitan.

Please note, any successful candidate, including current employees of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will be offered employment subject to the award and agreement conditions that apply to the advertised role as outlined in the attached JDF/s. By accepting an offer of appointment, the successful applicant accepts the conditions and entitlements under the specified award and agreement.

Further Job Related Information

To discuss this role or for specific enquiries please contact Martin Clifford Manager on 08 6552 2023(during business hours).

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A current comprehensive CV, including details of two (2) referees; and
  2. A covering letter/statement that demonstrates how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Work Related Requirements, as detailed on the Job Description Form and in the context of the job specific details in this advertisement in no more than four (4) pages:
  • Work Related Requirement 1 – Demonstrates high-level policy support and advice, including policy formulation, implementation, review and evaluation.
  • Work Related Requirement 2 –Build effective relationships: High level written and verbal communication skills. Ability to anticipate and be responsive to stakeholder needs and produce high quality reports, policy documents and briefings in an effective and timely matter ; and
  • Work Related Requirement 3 – Change for Innovation: Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills, including a demonstrated ability to develop innovative solutions to complex problems in order to meet organisational objectives.
  • Work Related Requirements 4 – Think strategically: Highly developed analytical and problem solving abilities and able to deliver objective, timely and evidence-based advice to decision makers.

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements of the position. The values and business needs of our Department may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note that, should you be shortlisted, your ability to meet the other work related requirements will be assessed through future stages of the recruitment process.

Applicants are required to apply on line by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button at the top/bottom of the screen. Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply online and this email address will be used for communication with applicants. Further information is available in the attached Applicant Information Kit.

Equity and Diversity

DPIRD is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We value and strongly encourage people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for positions within our agency.

The Department also promotes staff health and wellbeing, through the provision of flexible work provisions and a wellbeing and support program.

If you are having trouble downloading the attachments or lodging your application online, please contact (08) 6552 1943 (during business hours) and quote the Reference number.

Please ensure you have plenty of time to submit your application to allow for unanticipated problems, as late and proforma applications will not be accepted. (Please note: Online lodgement is system generated. Any submissions on or after 11:45pm will not be accepted)

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has a four day breach claim period. For more information, please see the Public Sector Commission Website

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