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  • Senior Executive Service Band 1
  • Full-time ongoing
  • Parliament House, Canberra
  • $232,003 to $266,802 (includes superannuation)


About the Office

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) holds a unique position in supporting the Parliament by providing independent, authoritative and non-partisan analysis of budgetary issues and the fiscal cost of policy proposals.

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.

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 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 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 Corporate Strategy Branch

The Corporate Strategy Branch is a small team, responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of the PBO’s corporate strategies and policies, managing the delivery of the PBO’s corporate services and meeting our governance and compliance obligations.

The Branch delivers strategic advice and high quality services and support to the PBO across the corporate spectrum.  This includes areas such as finance, human resources, governance, risk, audit, ICT, communications, information management and security.

The PBO’s payroll and financial transaction services are outsourced to the Department of the Senate, while ICT and physical security services are provided by the Department of Parliamentary Services.

In the year ahead, particular focus areas for the Branch will be:

  • supporting the implementation of a significant ICT project, involving the upgrade of key systems and applications which will affect all PBO staff,
  • supporting the organisation to prepare for the upcoming general election surge period, refreshing the PBO’s suite of corporate, finance and human resources policies.

About the role

The PBO is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual to lead the Corporate Strategy Branch, as an Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer.  The successful candidate is the chief operating officer for the PBO and will have deep experience in one or more of the functional areas of the Branch, as well as the ability to manage high-quality outputs across all corporate areas. You will need to have demonstrated experience leading and managing a small team to deliver outcomes across several priority areas.

You will use your strong leadership, stakeholder engagement and communication skills to support and deliver the PBO’s corporate functions, including the management of outsourced services. 

You will be responsible for managing the team to deliver high quality outcomes in an environment of competing priorities, ensuring appropriate work processes are followed, identifying areas for improvement in the operation of the organisation as a whole, and of the Branch, and driving the strategic direction of the PBO.

The Position

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is an independent institution of the Australian Parliament.

The role of the PBO is to inform the Parliament by providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implications of proposals.  The PBO’s functions include: preparing budget analyses and policy costings on request by Senators and Members; preparing submissions to inquiries of Parliamentary Committees; and, at its own initiative, conducting and publishing research on the budget and fiscal policy settings.

The Corporate Strategy Branch is responsible for: the formulation of corporate strategies and policies; the delivery of corporate services, including accommodation, personnel, finance, procurement and IT services; and ensuring that the PBO meets its reporting and other compliance obligations.


As a member of the PBO’s senior management team, the Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer will:

  • Provide professional, strategic, and operational leadership and expertise to the PBO’s Corporate Strategy Branch;
  • Support the Parliamentary Budget Officer in developing and implementing the PBO’s annual work plan;
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of the PBO; and
  • Other duties as desired by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

Qualifications and Experience

Strong leadership credentials and extensive management experience are required.  Experience in formulating corporate strategies and managing corporate service will also be important.

Relevant tertiary qualifications are essential.  The ability to work with utmost discretion and confidentiality is also essential.

Knowledge of the Parliamentary environment is desirable.


Contact: HorizonOne Recruitment (02) 5104 4577

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

Applications close Monday, 15 March at 11:30pm AEDT


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