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Full Time

Senior Researchers - Economics/Tax (Department of Parliamentary Services)

Closing date
27 Feb 2020
Job Location
Canberra, ACT
Job Description

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for Senior Researchers - Economics/Tax vacancies within the Economics section, Research branch. Parliamentary researchers support the work of the Parliament by providing high quality and impartial information, analysis and advice to our clients; Members, Senators, their staff, and parliamentary committees.  Research positions in the Parliamentary Library are highly valued because of the opportunity they provide to work directly with our clients to inform their representational and parliamentary work.

The work of Senior Researchers is diverse, interesting and challenging. Senior Researchers respond directly to often complex research requests from parliamentarians and parliamentary committees, sometimes within tight deadlines and under limited supervision. A significant part of the work involves writing commentaries on bills (Bills Digests). Researchers may also write publication on matters of interest to Parliament and help prepare range of self-help resources.

The Economics section provides assistance to clients in a wide range of policy areas including taxation, Commonwealth-State financial relations, transport, competition policy, communications, infrastructure, trade, agriculture, resources, regional development and labour markets. Senior researchers typically assume responsibility for particular policy areas but must be willing to take on work in other areas in response to Parliamentary needs, workload or staffing limitations.

We are looking for a person with relevant tertiary qualifications, knowledge and experience. For one of the positons, expertise in taxation practice and law will be highly regarded, but is not essential.

The successful applicants will have strong research and analytical abilities. They will be able to able to work directly to clients under limited supervision.  They will be able to work in a team and be well informed, motivated, adaptable and able to provide excellent client service. They will be professional, display sound judgement and be sensitive to working in the parliamentary environment. They will be able to write in plain English. They will be able to explain complex matters accurately to experts and non-experts in an appropriate manner, whether in writing, on the phone or in person. They will be able to produce accurate briefs by agreed deadlines. Expertise in Excel and quantitative analysis will be highly valued.  Awareness of the political and Parliamentary processes and the workings of government is desirable.
Please note: This recruitment process is being used to fill both ongoing and non-ongoing positions. Non-ongoing position will be offered on up to a 12 month basis, with the possibility of extension.

For more information about the role, eligibility requirements and to submit an application visit DPS Careers:


Closing date: 27th February, 2020