Australian Capital Territory

Senior Research Economist/Public Policy Analyst

  • Classification: Executive Level 1
  • Salary range: $103,738 – $131,371 plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Locations: Melbourne or Canberra
  • Status: Flexible – Full-time/Part-time
  • Position type: Ongoing/Non-ongoing
  • Applications close Sunday 22 May 2022

The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

Our role, expressed simply, is to help governments make better policies in the long-term interest of the Australian community.

About the role

The Productivity Commission is seeking applications from talented economists and other public policy professionals to offer the opportunity to undertake in-depth research and analysis and give policy advice, across a diverse range of key policy challenges facing Australia.

We offer a stimulating and wide-ranging policy research environment and the opportunity to influence the direction of public policy. The work is broad with topic areas that vary from year to year, including analysis of productivity, social issues and the environment, market operation and competition, regulation, economic infrastructure, resources, and trade.

Successful applicants will demonstrate excellent conceptual and analytical skills, high level communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team-based environment, including supervising and mentoring others to achieve high quality project outcomes.

Academic qualifications in economics or other fields relevant to public policy are required. Additional qualifications in areas such as law and science are desirable.

*A merit pool of suitable candidates may be established and used to fill similar vacancies either on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis in our Canberra or Melbourne offices.

What we offer

The Commission offers a competitive salary plus generous superannuation with employer contributions of 15.4%.

We provide on-going learning and development opportunities tailored to individuals’ needs at different points of their careers including access to study assistance opportunities.

We have a collaborative, flexible work environment and we recognise the importance of balancing work commitments with family, caring and other personal commitments outside work.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and encourage applications from candidates with broad experiences and diverse backgrounds. We also offer reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Position eligibility requirements

You must be an Australian citizen or, in limited circumstances, in the process of obtaining citizenship, to be eligible for employment with the Commission.

For more information on our employment opportunities and how to apply, visit our website at

Applications close Sunday 22 May 2022.

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