Australian Capital Territory

Research Officer Economics/Research Officer Science – APS Level 5

Research Officer Economics/Research Officer Science – APS Level 5

The Agricultural Commodities and Trade Branch provides market and statistical analysis, information, forecasts and advice on Australia’s agricultural industries and international issues of significance.

The Farm Performance and Forestry Branch undertakes the collection and analysis of farm survey data. The branch also undertakes economic research on water, climate and productivity issues of relevance to agriculture, and economic and scientific research on Australian forests and the forestry sector.

The Biosecurity and Fisheries Branch provides economic and scientific analysis, statistics and advice on Australia’s domestic fisheries; Australia’s engagement in international fisheries; and biosecurity issues affecting Australia’s agriculture sector. The branch produces a range of publications. Regular publications include ABARES Fishery Status Reports, Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics and Australian Fisheries Economic Indicators Reports, as well as other ad hoc reports and analyses that support policy makers. The branch also provides economic and scientific advice and briefings on a range of biosecurity issues affecting the agriculture sector; marine issues affecting Australia’s Commonwealth fisheries; and representation and engagement in meetings for relevant International Fisheries.

The Job

Duties will include, but are not limited to: 

  • assisting in the preparation of briefings on a wide variety of economic and/or scientific issues
  • contributing to commodity analysis and/or research on various management and policy issues through data analysis and literature review
  • working as part of a team and drawing on your own expertise and knowledge, as well as that of others, to undertake economic/scientific analysis for internal and external stakeholders (including government and industry bodies)
  • providing economic and/or scientific advice to the ABARES Executive, the department’s policy areas and the Minister as required
  • contributing to the planning and coordination of team operations to ensure goals and objectives are met, including identifying broader influences that may impact on the team’s work objectives.

Please note that this recruitment process will be used to fill current vacancies across the Branches listed above. Positions may be filled within either the Policy & Technical stream or the Science stream. The merit pool established through this selection process, which will be valid for a period of twelve months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette, may also be used to fill future ongoing positions within the above listed Branches where the duties are of a similar nature.

Knowledge and experience

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge of Australia’s agriculture, fishing and forestry industries and have relevant applied economic and/or scientific research experience that is of benefit to these industries.

Mandatory qualifications

A relevant tertiary economics and/or science qualification is mandatory. Postgraduate and/or dual qualifications are an advantage.

Flexible employment arrangements are available with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 


Closing Date:   5 December 2018

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