• Parliamentary Service Levels 5 and 6
  • Full-time ongoing
  • Parliament House, Canberra
  • $79,267–$102,336 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 report on the budget impacts of the election commitments of parliamentary parties after each general election.

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 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 an ‘if not why not’ approach to flexible work, with all staff able to work flexibly, including access to regular home-based work.  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 analysts with an aptitude for policy analysis to work in various areas of the PBO.  As an analyst, you will use your skills and experience in economic, financial, budget or statistical analysis to (depending on the branch you are allocated to) assist in the preparation of costings of revenue, expenditure and financing proposals; assist with researching and preparing analyses of the budget and fiscal policy settings; and contribute to the PBO’s program of research. 

The primary focus of Parliamentarian Costing and Analysis Division is preparing estimates of the costs of policy proposals for parliamentarians; the primary focus of Fiscal Policy Analysis Division is conducting quantitative analysis and publishing material (including papers, data, charts) on budget and fiscal policy matters. 

Duties

The duties of the position vary across the operational areas. Duties in all operational areas involve quantitative analysis of the budget.  During the lead up and after each general election, analysts from both divisions are primarily engaged in costing policy proposals as part of the PBO’s report of election commitments.

The main duties in Parliamentarian Costing and Analysis Division include:

  • assisting in undertaking costings of revenue, expenditure and financing proposals and drafting related explanatory material and evaluations
  • analysing large datasets utilising tools such as Excel or other statistical or programming packages
  • assisting in building and/or adapting models and frameworks to analyse the budget
  • contributing to the preparation of PBO reports, including analysing budget and economic data to provide insights into budget and fiscal policy settings
  • providing technical expertise and assisting in implementing the PBO’s annual work plan

The main duties in Fiscal Policy Analysis Division include:

  • being an analyst in a small team to prepare several PBO publications each year, including running, updating and contributing to the development of 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
  • analysing large datasets utilising tools such as Excel or other statistical or programming packages and finding creative ways to visualise insights from data
  • working across the PBO and with other organisations to obtain data, test the findings of our research and enhance our understanding of the budget
  • providing technical expertise and assisting in implementing the PBO’s annual work plan
  • undertaking costings of revenue, expenditure and financing proposals as required with appropriate training to respond to periods of elevated demand for costings from parliamentarians. 

Contact officer: Cameron Chisholm (02) 6277 9544 or Cameron.chisholm@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 Sunday, 17 October at 11:30pm AEDT

 


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