Senior Policy & Project Officer (Talent Pool)


DCCEEW - Energy, Climate Change & Sustainability


Hybrid - main office Parramatta or flexible across NSW

Salary etc:

$120,859 - $133,183 p.a. + 11% super (Clerk Grade 9/10). Full-time.



Do you want to be part of NSW's transition to a clean energy future? Join the Energy, Climate Change and Sustainability Group!

An exciting opportunity to contribute to impactful policy initiatives aimed at decarbonising our electricity system and meeting our emissions reduction target.

This is a unique opportunity to be involved from the ground up to help shape the future of energy policy and the energy market in NSW and Australia! Be a part of this challenge of our generation to transform our electricity system.

  • Talent Pool Recruitment for Ongoing and Temporary opportunities. Possibility for conversion to ongoing for temporary roles.
  • Main office in Parramatta or Flexible across our other NSW Office locations by negotiation.
  • Salary: relative to experience and ranges from $120,859 to $133,183 plus 11% super.

We are recruiting multiple roles that offer an exciting opportunity to contribute to influential policy initiatives and strategic priorities of Government, including the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap, aimed at delivering affordable and reliable energy for everyone in NSW and meeting our emissions reduction targets.

About the roles - Senior Policy and Project Officer

  • Responsible for the development of national and state policy and lead legislative and regulatory changes to support the energy market's transition to align with net zero while providing more affordable, secure, and reliable energy.
  • Contribute to the implementation of key strategic priorities of Government to deliver the energy transition in NSW, including the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.
  • Working to support the Minister and Executive, play a leading role in developing and implementing policy, legislative reforms and programs to ensure NSW meets its legislated emissions reduction targets.
  • Pivotal to ensuring our policies and projects are effective, innovative and meet priority objectives while demonstrating good value for public expenditure and achieving critical state outcomes.
  • The Division is on the forefront of policy making, helping to shape the future of the NSW (and national) electricity sector by developing the policies and programs required to support the energy transition and decarbonise the grid.
  • These roles represent a terrific opportunity to help take a leading role in delivering real change in how we help transform NSW to a more sustainable future.

About You

We are looking for candidates with a strong background in policy analysis and development, capable of identifying and implementing innovative solutions to complex challenges.

  • Experience in energy and electric sector, government, private sector and market body would be advantageous.
  • Experience with policy development and regulation within a Government decision making and governance process (or similar).
  • Bring a proactive approach to policy formation and the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders to achieve strategic outcomes.
  • You will have demonstrated experience of developing and leading policy projects in your area of responsibility.
  • Ability to identify issues and manage interdependencies to develop and deliver policy, project, program and organisational objectives and developing workable solutions for implementation.
  • Can operate with a high level of autonomy in respect to day to day activities including determining work priorities within the context of an agreed work plan, and positive leadership within a project/team structure.
  • Ability to achieve assigned policy objectives within a high volume and evolving work environment while being accountable for the quality, integrity and accuracy of the content of advice provided.
  • Liaise and engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including coordinating working groups and committees to contribute to policy development and implementation.

Key knowledge and experience - Desirable experience applicable to multiple roles that candidates should have a combination of:

  • Proven ability to develop evidence-based solutions for complex policy problems.
  • Experience in leading and delivering policy projects and ensuring outcomes are achieved on time, on budget, and to quality standards.
  • Experience in undertaking regulation and legislation reform including experience in Cabinet and Parliamentary process.
  • Experience working in a policy environment such as research, analysis, development or review.
  • Proven ability in influencing stakeholders to take action on delivering policy outcomes.
  • Experience in either the government or the energy sector is advantageous.

Apply today! Grow your career and make a difference in how New South Wales is responding to the challenges of climate change and the energy transition.

Who we are

Strategy Implementation Division co-ordinates and oversees the delivery of strategic NSW Government energy and emissions programs and policies including the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap, and leads NSW's engagement in national energy market reforms, providing expertise for evaluation, energy market modelling, market insights and data stewardship.

The NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap has been identified as a strategic priority of NSW Government. It sets out how we are going to transition the electricity network to one that will keep the lights on and put downward pressure on energy bills for years to come. The Roadmap is a nation-leading reform and is an exciting and fascinating place to work!

We have a number of vacancies across teams that work on:

  • Strategic policy for energy and net zero emissions.
  • State and national energy policies, legislation and reforms.
  • Implementation of the Roadmap, including governance and oversight of delivery and shaping policy and amendments to its regulatory framework.
  • Implementing key recommendations from the Electricity Supply and Reliability Check Up.

Find out more about NSW's electricity transition here.

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) works to protect the state's environment and heritage. It leads the way on climate change, driving the sustainable transition to a net zero economy, powered by affordable, reliable, and clean energy. DCCEEW conserves and protects the state's natural environment. It manages the NSW National Park estate, including its rich and diverse biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations.

DCCEEW also ensures sustainable management of water resources across the state, to support the environment, communities and industry. We acknowledge the ongoing custodial responsibilities of the Aboriginal peoples of NSW to care for the Country and Water and are committed to establishing meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal peoples in the management of the environment.

Talent Pool

A talent pool is to be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months. We will be actively matching applicants to suitable temporary or ongoing roles based on capabilities and interests.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Flexibility

It's important for our work to reflect and speak to the diverse communities we serve. This includes reflecting that diversity within our inclusive and flexible workplace. We actively encourage and welcome applications from all ages, genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ individuals, and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying. Looking for more information or assistance in applying? Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply.
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process.
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks.

If you have a disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team at Diversity@DPIE.nsw.gov.au (include ref number 537175).


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