The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting PSL 6 Researchers to fill positions, on an ongoing and non-ongoing basis, in the Economics Section of the Research Branch of the Parliamentary Library.
Parliamentary research specialists support the work of the Australia’s 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 Economics section provides assistance to clients in a wide range of policy areas including taxation, energy, transport, competition policy, communications, infrastructure, trade, agriculture, resources, environment, regional development, workplace relations and labour markets. The work of Researchers is diverse, interesting and challenging. Researchers respond directly to often complex research requests from parliamentarians and parliamentary committees, sometimes within tight deadlines and under limited supervision. The work also involves writing publications, including commentaries on legislation before parliament.
The successful candidate will be able to able to work directly to clients under limited supervision and work well in a team. Researchers should be interested in, and well informed about, the policy areas for which you have responsibility, as well as being motivated, adaptable and able to provide excellent client service.
Researchers will be able to work independently and produce accurate briefs within agreed timeframes. You 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. The successful candidate will be professional, display sound judgement and be sensitive to working in the parliamentary environment, including the need to provide confidentiality to clients. Strong research and analytical abilities are essential. Awareness of the political process and the workings of government would be highly valued.