Principal Economists and Economic Policy Advisors (Various levels)

Economic Strategy Division (incl. NSW Productivity Commission)

In the wake of the COVID pandemic, there will never be a more challenging, important, and interesting time to work at the centre of economic policy development in NSW.

  • Do you have passion for economic policies that make a difference to the people of NSW?
  • Do you have a flair for critical and objective analysis?
  • Do you want to be part of a supportive and high performing team?

Employment Type: Ongoing
Work Location: Sydney CBD
Classification / Grade / Band: Multiple Grades (More details below)
Hours Per Week: 35, Flexible working options available
Applications Close: Monday, 20 September 2021 at 9:59 am

About the opportunities

Join a highly collaborative, flexible and high performing team in a world-class organisation

You will provide high quality economic advice on productivity and regulatory reform opportunities and challenges, supporting government decision making and policy. This includes quantitative and qualitative analysis; delivering advice and research on NSW economic policy and regulatory challenges and opportunities (including housing, technology, health, innovation, education, tax, environment, investment and cost benefit analysis and evaluation); and managing projects across multiple teams and agencies. 

The Economic Strategy Division is recruiting for the below roles. Please click on the role titles to access the role description

About you

You will possess the following skills and experience (see individual Role Descriptions for specific requirements by role)

  • Tertiary qualifications, preferably in economics, public policy, law or other relevant disciplines and/or experience in a relevant field.
  • Experience providing policy advice and/or economic analysis / quantitative analysis.
  • Strong analytical skills (data and/or qualitative analysis across diverse policy issues to support policy advice). This may include application of Cost Benefit Analysis.
  • Meeting tight deadlines and work collaboratively.
  • Well organized and project management, including internal and external stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong communication skills including conveying technical and complex information and analysis (verbal, written and visual) appropriate to audience and purpose.

About the Team

The Economic Strategy Division (ESD) advises on and promotes sound economic policy in New South Wales to enhance economic performance and welfare. This includes pursuing productivity enhancing measures, regulatory reform and broader microeconomic reforms, and the application of economic approaches to public investment including Cost Benefit Analysis. The four teams in ESD are:

  • NSW Productivity Commission – comprising Productivity Reform and Regulatory Reform Branches
  • Microeconomic Policy Branch
  • Centre for Evidence and Evaluation)
  • Aboriginal Economic Wellbeing Branch

The NSW Productivity Commission established in February 2018 shapes the NSW Government’s productivity agenda and oversees the regulatory framework. The Commission recently released a Productivity White Paper – Rebooting the economy. The Regulatory Reform Branch supports competitive markets, promotes openness to innovation and fit-for-purpose regulation. The Productivity Reform Branch advises the Government on boosting productivity and living standards through areas including planning, housing, education (schools and skills), innovation, health, energy and water policy, and taxation.

The Microeconomic Policy Branch advises on and develops microeconomic policies and programs to ensure that the economic environment promotes the growth, employment and opportunities for NSW businesses. This includes COVID economic support measures. 

The Centre for Evidence and Evaluation helps the implementation of evidence informed-policy. It assists the Government with the appraisal and evaluation of major proposals; sets the evidence framework and standards including Cost Benefit Analysis; and collaborates with NSW Government agencies to build and apply the evidence base.

The Aboriginal Economic Wellbeing Branch improves the economic wellbeing of Aboriginal communities by developing frameworks to inform investments by government to improve social and economic outcomes. The Branch develops the evidence base for improving policy design and public investment.

Why NSW Treasury

NSW Treasury is the lead economic policy advisor for New South Wales. Treasury drives the economic development strategy to guide the State’s growth for the benefit of the people who live, work and study in NSW. Its work includes enhancing productivity, economic risk management, tax and fiscal policy, improving service delivery to the community and increasing living standards. Treasury is the lead advisor for the NSW Government’s response to the economic impacts of the COVID pandemic.

With our highly engaged and talented people, we are committed to working together in a collaborative and high-performance culture that facilitates career mobility and diversity, underpinned by the NSW Public Sector core values of Excellence in Service, Integrity, Accountability and Trust. 

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Also, see why you should work for NSW at 

Talent Pool

A talent pool may be created through this recruitment process. A talent pool represents a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role or similar roles and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term or ongoing roles, over the next 18 months.

How to Apply!

Submit your application ONLY via the I Work for NSW jobs platform which should ideally include: 

  • An up-to-date resume detailing your knowledge, skills, and experience in relation to the role.
  • A cover letter that explains your alignment with the “essential requirements” as shown in this role description;accessible for download from the I Work for NSW website.

Lodge your application by clicking on the ‘Apply Online’ button on the advertisement. Accept the website redirection to NSWconnect and click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application.


Please noteyou are required to apply for only one role from the list that most aligns with your skills and level of experience. Please read through the role descriptions and the team write-up to help you make your decision.


Contact in confidence: Prony Melvin


To be eligible to apply for ongoing employment within the NSW Treasury, candidates must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a National Criminal Record Check and provide confirmation of academic qualifications before commencement.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Flexibility

NSW Treasury is committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve through an inclusive and flexible workplace.

We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

People with a disability are supported to access adjustments in recruitment processes and the workplace. If you require an adjustment during the recruitment process, we welcome hearing from you.

Close of applications: 
9:59 am Monday, 20 September 2021

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