Senior Policy Officer

Location: Dubbo & Central NSW
Company: Department of Regional NSW
Full time

  • Ongoing fulltime role located in Dubbo in glorious Regional NSW, Other regional locations of Armidale, Coffs Harbour & Queanbeyan also considered
  • Starting salary from $113,343 + Super (Clerk Grade 9/10)
  • Strategic policy and legislative advice

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please email the contact for this role. 

Mining, Exploration and Geoscience (MEG) is a part of Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), and sets strategic policy for the state’s mineral and energy resources, gathers, analyses and disseminates geoscientific information, and assesses and determines applications for mineral and petroleum titles for exploration activities and extractive uses.

At MEG we understand that work can be one of the biggest parts of people’s lives and we are building a team that has inclusion and passion at the heart of everything we do ensuring DRNSW’s values, social initiatives and culture resonate with our evolution and constant growth.

We are currently on the hunt for our new Senior Policy Officer to provide strategic policy and legislative advice, and undertake complex research and analysis for the development, coordination, implementation and review of policies.


  • Lead strategic policy development by preparing briefings and advice in response to Ministerial and Departmental Executive requests.
  • Analyse and review policies and legislation and their impact on the resources industry and provide advice to the Department, Minister and other agencies.
  • Identify emerging issues and recommend solutions to resolve problems and mitigate risks.
  • Prepare Cabinet Minutes and provide advice on Cabinet matters referred from other Ministers within a required timeframe.
  • Contribute to the Mining Exploration and Geoscience legislative program, to ensure that Bills and regulations are drafted effectively and there is effective liaison with stakeholders.
  • Represent the Department in state and national policy forums and negotiations to advise on strategic policy issues and obtain feedback.

Essential Requirements:

  • Compliance with pre-employment probity screening is mandatory and a condition of engagement
  • Detailed knowledge of the machinery of Government, including Cabinet and legislative processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret a wide variety of legislation and expertise in policy development, implementation and review.
  • High level of understanding of resources issues and the relevant policy and legislative framework.

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)? 

Exciting career pathways and opportunities 

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government. 


Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people. 

Our people:  

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including – public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story. 

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.

To find out more about this role, please contact Tony Linnane at [email protected] or CLICK HERE to view the role description.

Applications close on Monday 4th October, 2021 at 11.00pm  

Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. 

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