APS6 Policy & Governance Officers, Vehicle Safety Policy and Partnerships

Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

APS6 Policy & Governance Officers, Vehicle Safety Policy and Partnerships,
Veh Safety Policy & P/ships
APS Level 6


APS6 Policy & Governance Officers, Vehicle Safety Policy and Partnerships


APS Level 6

Employment Type:

Ongoing, Full Time/Part time


$85,889 – $96,267 per annum plus 15.4% superannuation
The department has an Individual Flexibility Arrangement (IFA) Framework to provide salaries that are consistent with other Commonwealth Public Sector Agencies and to reward and retain high performing employees at the APS6 and Executive Levels.
Under this Framework, APS6 and Executive Level employees will have access to the IFA Framework on engagement, promotion or movement from another Commonwealth Public Sector Agency. Access to the IFA Framework is consistent with the provisions of clauses 16, 17 and 19 of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Enterprise Agreement 2016.
For more information on the IFA Framework and to understand what remuneration the department can offer, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact
[email protected]

Business Division:

Road and Vehicle Safety

Branch / Section:

Veh Safety Policy & P/ships,



Security Clearance:

Baseline Vetting

Job Reference No:


Contact Officer:

Graham Evans 6274 7643 or Paul Gorman 6274 6429

Closing Date:

11.59pm AEDT, Monday 27 March 2023

Our Department Values
Our values set the direction for what it means to work in our department. They inform the standard and expectations of behaviours, skills and capabilities and the attributes we currently have, will continually work to achieve and develop, and that we use to acknowledge and attract, retain and recruit into our department.

The department supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people with cultural and linguistic diversity, and LGBTIQ people. The department is committed to achieving gender equality and, in particular, supporting women’s progression into senior leadership.

A little bit about us
The Road and Vehicle Safety Division aims to improve road safety and reduce road trauma. The division has three main functions; setting the policy direction for road safety through the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30, the development and maintenance of legislation including the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) and other legislative instruments and vehicle standards, and regulation of the first provision of vehicles in the Australian market including vehicle certification, imports, enforcement and vehicle recalls.

The Vehicle Safety Policy and Partnerships Branch is responsible for driving the development and implementation of legislation, procedures, guidelines, systems and workforce capability for the recently introduced Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation. The RVS Legislation, Policy and Partnerships Team provides policy and legislation support to guide the practical application of the new legislative requirements, brief the Minister about the operation of the new regulatory framework and support the Division’s various industry engagement activities.

The opportunity we have available
The Vehicle Safety Policy and Partnerships Branch is looking for two APS6 policy officers who are enthusiastic, have demonstrated high order writing skills and are interested in regulation to join the RVS Legislation, Policy and Partnerships Team. We are specifically seeking:
  • A person with legal qualifications who is experienced in delivering legislative reforms to fill a recently vacated position that is responsible for developing legislative instruments and providing legal policy advice to inform operational policies, procedures and external guidance material to support the RVS legislation; and
  • A person who is experienced in quickly learning new information and applying it to lead the development of briefing and guidance material. This person will fill a newly created position in the team.
  • The RVS Legislation, Policy and Partnerships Team is a small team of seven, providing policy and legislation support for the recently introduced RVS legislative framework. Managing the implementation of new legislation brings a unique set of challenges, as industry, the community, and the regulator develop a deep understanding of options, requirements and approvals now available.
  • Our team members love solving puzzles and have a passion for helping others understand the policy and technical aspects of our legislation to support the manufacture, import and supply of vehicles that meet the standards for safety, environmental performance and theft protection our community expects.

What will you do?
As the RVS Legislation, Policy and Partnerships Team operates in a dynamic environment, successful candidates will participate in a range of activities. These include working collaboratively to interpret the RVS legislation and providing advice to guide its intended practical application, providing advice to IT developers to ensure the regulator’s IT system aligns with the legislation, engaging with industry to discuss options and requirements, briefing the Deputy Prime Minister and the departmental executive on various aspects of the legislation and its implementation, and responding to ministerial correspondence.

The successful candidate for the first position will use their legal qualifications to:
  • work on legislative instruments projects for the RVS legislation;
  • provide legal policy advice to support the development and refinement of a range of operational policies, procedures and external guidance that support the RVS legislation; and
  • contribute their expertise to support briefings to the Minister and responses to ministerial correspondence.

The successful candidate for the second position will support the team with developing, updating and coordinating a range of clear and practical guidance and briefing materials that explain important aspects of the RVS legislation and related application processes.

The successful candidate will:
  • learn new information quickly and work collaboratively with colleagues to progress external guidance and briefings; and
  • participate in a range of industry engagement activities to identify and develop practical responses to emerging policy concerns in collaboration with other team members.

What else can we offer?
  • Exposure to high profile and exciting projects
  • Networking opportunities across the department and wider APS
  • Capability development opportunities focused on your individual career goals
  • Mentoring and access to the department’s Professional Coaching Scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements where appropriate, including part time hours, home based work and job sharing
  • Support for women’s progression into senior leadership

Who are we looking for?
The first vacant position requires a person with legal qualifications who understands administrative law principles and has experience with delivering legislative reforms. Candidates who have experience with working in regulatory environments are highly desirable for this position.

The second vacant position requires a person who is experienced with reading and interpreting information for the purpose of developing briefings and guidance material. Candidates for this position will have community engagement experience, either with an industry sector or across the public service. Candidates who have qualifications relating to motor vehicles, or knowledge of the motor vehicle industry are highly desirable for this position.

Candidates for both vacant positions must demonstrate:
  • an ability to organise their work, engage with their colleagues and coordinate inputs from others to achieve results; and
  • clear and concise writing skills that target their audience.

Eligibility requirements
Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:
  • Citizenship: Candidates must be an Australian citizen to be eligible for employment with the department.
  • Health Assessment: The preferred candidate may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
  • Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at Baseline Level. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information. You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.

How to apply
Applications for this opportunity close at 11.59 AEDT, Monday 27 March 2023.

In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria. Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than 2 pages outlining your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, no more than 3 pages. The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.

Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system.

Applications via Indeed will not be accepted.

If you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6274 6161 or via email to [email protected] to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development directly to request this, as we're not responsible for the employer's application process.

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