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Opportunities at the NSW Treasury

Assistant Economists x 5

  • Join a supportive and high performing team
  • Make a difference to the people of NSW
  • Leverage your analytical skills
  • Employment Type: Ongoing
  • Work Location: Sydney CBD, with hybrid working arrangements
  • Classification / Grade / Band:  Clerk Grade 1/2
  • Hours Per Week:  35 hours, flex leave up to 24 days per annum, flexible working options available
  • Remuneration:  $66,298 - $72,077; plus, Superannuation and Leave Loading
  • Additional Benefits:  Salary Packaging and Fitness Passport available
  • Applications Close:  Monday 23rd May, 2022 at 9:59 am

About the Team and Opportunity

Join a highly collaborative, flexible, and inclusive team in a progressive organisation.

The Economic Strategy and Productivity (ESP) Group shapes NSW’ economic strategy and influences the direction of state-federal relations and tax policy in NSW. This includes advice on economic policy and reform such as productivity, regulatory reform, and taxation policy; economic policy evaluation; economic and revenue forecasting; and engagement with Commonwealth, State and Territories on key national reforms and issues. The ESP Group includes the NSW Productivity Commissioner.

In this entry level role, and within our Assistant Economists program, you will contribute to high-quality economic advice, research, assessment, and analysis, to inform policy development and government decisions. As a member of a team, you will support projects across a range of state government public policy contexts.

The Assistant Economists program will provide a quality mentored program of structured in-house training and support, and a rotation of placements to teams within the ESP Group.

About NSW Treasury

As the NSW Government’s principal financial and economic adviser, Treasury’s role is to enable the Government to deliver its promise to support the people of New South Wales (NSW) and forge a brighter future in a prosperous and confident economy.

Treasury plays a primary role in supporting and investing in our key partners, in particular our service delivery clusters.

Our responsibility includes lifting financial management capability and culture across the sector and supporting the NSW Treasurer’s priorities: economic growth, achieving fiscal repair and delivering economic reform, and working swiftly to produce implementation plans for each priority.

Visit the NSW Treasury website for further information about our structure and functions:

Talent Pool

A talent pool may be created through this recruitment process. A talent pool represents a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role or similar roles and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term, or ongoing roles, over the next 18 months.

How to Apply!

Submit your application ONLY via the I Work for NSW jobs platform which should include: 

  • An up-to-date resume detailing your knowledge, skills, and experience in relation to the role.
  • A short cover letter that explains your alignment with the “focus capabilities” against which applicants will be assessed as shown in this attached role description; accessible for download from the I Work for NSW website.

Lodge your application by clicking on the ‘Apply Online’ button on the advertisement. Accept the website redirection to NSWconnect and click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application.

Candidate Assessment 

You may be asked to undertake further assessments as part of the recruitment process for this position, which may include, but are not limited to, psychometric assessments (e.g., personality and cognitive abilities assessments) and/or work tasks.


Contact in confidence: Grace Senituli


To be eligible to apply for ongoing employment within the NSW Treasury, candidates must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a National Criminal Record Check and provide confirmation of academic qualifications before commencement.

Treasury expects all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID 19, to be so.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Flexibility

NSW Treasury is committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve through an inclusive and flexible workplace.

We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

People with a disability are supported to access adjustments in our recruitment processes and the workplace. If you have a disability and require an adjustment or assistance during the recruitment process, we welcome hearing from you; please contact

A concurrent search is also underway

Close of applications: 9:59 am Monday 23rd May 2022

Role Description                                                                

Assistant Economist




NSW Treasury


Economic Strategy and Productivity


Sydney CBD


Clerk Grade 1/2

Kind of Employment






Agency Website

Agency overview

NSW Treasury is the lead economic policy advisor for New South Wales. From the centre of the NSW Government, Treasury drives the economic policies and development strategies that support the State’s growth, for the benefit of the people of our State. These include enhancing productivity, economic risk management, investment attraction, industry policy, jobs growth, tax and fiscal policy, and improving public service delivery.

Information about the structure and functions of the NSW Treasury can be sourced on our website: (Refer to “About Treasury” and “Our Treasury Team”).

Primary purpose of the role

Contribute to high quality economic advice and analysis to inform microeconomic policy development and government decision making.  Research, assess, analyse and support projects and economic policy development across a range of state government public policy contexts. Participate in the entry level Assistant Economists development program, comprising structured in-house training and work placements.

Key accountabilities

  • Under guidance, undertake research and analysis contributing to the development of economic advice.
  • Monitor and report on the delivery of assignments to assist the team in ensuring milestones and deliverables are met on time, to agreed quality standards.
  • Contribute to the preparation of clear concise briefs, Ministerial correspondence, assessment and evaluation, reports and submissions with sound recommendations.
  • Undertake a range of project support responsibilities to meet Treasury’s objectives and outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively and actively support others to achieve Treasury’s business outcomes.

Key challenges

  • Developing a good understanding of the role of Treasury and key Treasury processes and relationships
  • Meeting deadlines, negotiating competing priorities and dealing with complexity, and uncertainty
  • Awareness of public sector policy development practices, policies and governing legislation which guide work in the NSW Government, including legislative and budgetary processes.
  • Building and maintaining solid working relationships with mentors, managers and colleagues in the home branch and across NSW Treasury.                          

Key relationships






  • Escalate issues, keep informed, provide advice, receive instructions and provide regular feedback.

Work team

  • Support team and work collaboratively to contribute to achieving the team’s outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships


  • Seek professional and personal direction, support and advice.


  • Share new concepts and different perspectives with each other and build a network of peers across Treasury.



External stakeholders

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships and open channels of communication to facilitate liaison, consultation, and engagement

Role dimensions

Decision making

Refers matters that require specialist knowledge or expertise to team/manager.

Reporting line


Direct reports




Essential requirements

Relevant tertiary qualification and/or experience in Economics or a related field.

Capabilities for the role

The NSW Public Sector Capability Framework applies to all NSW public sector employees.
The Capability Framework is available at

Capability summary

Below is the full list of capabilities and the level required for this role. The capabilities in bold are the focus capabilities for this role. Refer to the next section for further information about the focus capabilities.


Focus capabilities

The focus capabilities for the role are the capabilities in which occupants must demonstrate immediate competence. The behavioural indicators provide examples of the types of behaviours that would be expected at that level and should be reviewed in conjunction with the role’s key accountabilities.

NSW Public Sector Capability Framework

Group and Capability


Behavioural Indicators

Personal Attributes

Act with Integrity


  • Behave in an honest, ethical and professional way
  • Take opportunities to clarify understanding of ethical behaviour requirements
  • Identify and follow legislation, rules, policies, guidelines and codes of conduct that apply to your role
  • Speak out against misconduct, illegal and inappropriate behaviour
  • Report apparent conflicts of interest


Communicate Effectively


  • Focus on key points and speak in plain English            
  • Clearly explain and present ideas and arguments
  • Listen to others when they are speaking and ask appropriate, respectful questions
  • Monitor own and others’ non-verbal cues and adapt where necessary
  • Prepare written material that is well structured and easy to follow by the intended audience 
  • Communicate routine technical information clearly


Work Collaboratively


  • Work as a supportive and cooperative team member, sharing information and acknowledging
  • others’ efforts
  • Respond to others who need clarification or guidance on the job
  • Step in to help others when workloads are high Keep the team and supervisor informed of work tasks


Think and Solve Problems




  • Research and analyse information to make recommendations based on relevant evidence
  • Identify issues that may hinder the completion of tasks and find appropriate solutions
  • Be willing to seek input from others and share own ideas to achieve best outcomes
  • Identify ways to improve systems or processes which are used by the team/unit

Business Enablers

Project Management


  • Understand project goals, steps to be undertaken and expected outcomes
  • Plan and deliver tasks in line with agreed project milestones and timeframes
  • Check progress against agreed milestones and timeframes, and seek help to overcome barriers
  • Participate in planning and provide feedback on progress and potential improvements to project processes

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