• Parliamentary Executive Level 1
  • Full-time ongoing
  • Parliament House, Canberra
  • $112,508–$129,905 per annum + attractive employer superannuation

About the Parliamentary Budget Office

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) supports the Parliament by providing independent, authoritative and non-partisan analysis of budgetary issues and the fiscal cost of policy proposals. In light of the current fiscal situation, the PBO is in a unique position to support the Parliament and general public at this critical time through analysis that is timely and relevant. 

The PBO’s role comprises three main elements, which are to:

  • enable fiscal impacts to be considered during policy development by providing policy costing and budget analysis services to all parliamentarians
  • improve public understanding of budget and fiscal policy issues by conducting and publishing research in these areas
  • enhance transparency around election commitments by preparing a post-election report on the budget impacts of the election commitments of parliamentary parties.

About our ideal candidate and working at the PBO

The PBO values the diverse range of skills and experience of our staff.  We seek passionate staff who demonstrate initiative, work with the utmost discretion and confidentiality, and work collaboratively to deliver services to support the Parliament.

The PBO actively encourages applications from:

  • people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • candidates with experience in the private sector, especially with a consulting background in an analytical function
  • candidates with public policy experience, including analysis and advice
  • candidates with a range of technical backgrounds with proven high-level analytical, research, data and evaluation skills. Current staff have qualifications in economics, commerce, finance, data science, statistics, mathematics, physics and accounting. We are interested in adding new skills to that mix, including data visualisation and project design and delivery.

The PBO has a flexible working environment.  Internal and external opportunities for learning and development are promoted, including access to studies assistance to undertake training which directly relates to the PBO’s functions and helps staff reach their career development goals.

The PBO is a recognised employer partner with CPA Australia.  This recognises that the PBO demonstrates a strong commitment to learning and development and supports the professional development of its accounting and finance employees.  If you would like to understand more about what this means for you, please refer to the Recognised Employer Program information on CPA Australia’s website.

The PBO offers attractive salaries and employer superannuation as well as a range of other benefits, including salary packaging.

We are located within the Australian Parliament House.  Staff have access to a wide variety of amenities including cafes, on-site childcare, recreational and gym facilities, a post office and bank, and free parking.

About the roles

The PBO is seeking people with an aptitude for analysis to work in either of the two analytical areas of the PBO (Parliamentarian Costing and Analysis Division and Fiscal Policy Analysis Division).

While successful applicants will be offered roles in an area focused primarily on either undertaking costings of policy proposals (Parliamentarian Costing and Analysis Division) or conducting budget research (Fiscal Policy Analysis Division), the PBO supports mobility within the organisation as part of career development and expects Assistant Directors to undertake work across both of these functions at times in response to peak pressures.  There are annual opportunities for rotations and opportunities to be seconded across areas for particular projects including cross-division projects that provide opportunity for staff to contribute to and lead organisational change, and have significant exposure to the PBO’s Executive and agency head. 

Duties

The duties of the position vary across the two analytical Divisions.

The primary focus of Parliamentarian Costing and Analysis Division is preparing estimates of the costs of policy proposals for parliamentarians.  The duties in the Division include:

  • being the lead analyst for the preparation of costings and evaluations of revenue proposals (Revenue Analysis Branch) and expenditure proposals (Program Analysis Branch)
  • analysing large datasets using tools such as SAS and Excel
  • building and/or adapting models and frameworks to analyse the budget
  • applying strong written communication skills to the drafting of costings, costing evaluations and published reports that are accessible to a wide audience
  • working across the PBO and with other organisations to obtain data and information to assist with costings, costing evaluations and PBO research reports and to test and communicate our findings
  • assisting unit managers with supervising, guiding and mentoring staff and providing leadership to small project teams
  • contributing to the preparation of PBO research reports, including analysing budget and economic data to provide insights into budget and fiscal policy settings
  • contributing to external engagement activities, including presenting on PBO models and reports.

 

The primary focus of Fiscal Policy Analysis Division is conducting quantitative analysis and publishing research papers on budget and fiscal policy matters.  The duties in Fiscal Policy Analysis Divisioninclude:

  • being the lead analyst for the preparation of several PBO research reports each year, including building and/or adapting models and frameworks to analyse the budget
  • applying strong written communication skills to the drafting of published reports that are accessible to a wide audience
  • contributing your technical expertise and understanding of the budget and fiscal policy matters to help shape and deliver the research program
  • assisting unit managers with supervising, guiding and mentoring staff and providing leadership to small project teams
  • working across the PBO and with other organisations to obtain data, test and communicate the findings of our research, and enhance our understanding of the budget
  • contributing to external engagement activities, including presenting on research papers
  • undertaking costings of revenue and expenditure proposals as required with appropriate training to respond to periods of elevated demand for costings from parliamentarians.

 

Contact officer: Amanda Bruce (02) 6277 9520 or Amanda.bruce@pbo.gov.au

For further information and how to apply, go to the PBO’s recruitment page at

https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Employment/Parliamentary_Budget_Office

Applications close Wednesday, 10 March at 11:30pm AEST

 


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