Job Title: Principal Policy and Programs Officer, Major Projects & Initiatives (Environment Officer Class 11)

Employment Type:Ongoing, 2 roles available

Location: Parramatta


About the opportunity

EPA are looking for motivated and high performing individuals for two Principal Policy Officer positions in the EPA’s Regulatory Policy, Initiatives and Advice Division within a newly formed economics stream in the Major Projects and Initiatives Branch. As a Principal Policy Officer, you will develop and implement strategies, business cases, policy reforms and innovative solutions for projects and initiatives that are high priorities for the EPA or the NSW Government.

You will apply your economics and policy experience to support the delivery of evidence-based policy and projects to achieve effective environmental and human health outcomes for the NSW people, environment and economy, and contribute to the EPA’s ambition to being a world class regulator.


About you

Ideally you will possess the following skills and experience

  • Experience in applying and interpreting economic frameworks (such as cost-benefit analysis, and program and policy evaluation) in policy development and analysis, including business cases.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking and leading aspects of the policy development process, including research and analysis to identify problems and opportunities, development of policy options, business case development, economic and financial analysis, consultation, implementation, review and evaluation.
  • Effective communication skills that allow you to clearly convey technical and complex information and analysis in different ways (verbal, written and visual), appropriate to the audience and its purpose.
  • Ability to work in an agile manner and deliver results within tight timeframes and with careful management of competing priorities.
  • Ability to lead and work collaboratively as part of a team, and excellent interpersonal skills.

To learn more about the role, please review the role description.

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!


About the team

The Regulatory Policy, Initiatives and Advice Division leads the EPA’s strategic and regulatory policy functions for all issues that fall within the EPA’s remit, including air, water, noise, forests, contaminated land, waste, chemicals, dangerous goods, gas, pesticides and radiation. The Division has a critical role in collaborating across governments, communities and our First Nations People to identify emerging issues and to influence and deliver leading edge policy solutions to improve environmental and human health outcomes for the people of NSW.

Our Branch leads major projects and initiatives that are highly visible and strategically important to the EPA or the NSW Government. Our work requires agile and multi-skilled teams capable of delivering on business priorities.

The two Principal Policy Officer positions are within our Branch’s newly formed economics stream, which will support the delivery of evidence-based policy and projects within the Branch and across the EPA.


About the EPA

The EPA is the state’s primary environmental regulator.

Our vision is for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community and healthy business. We believe healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, a healthy economy and for enhancing liveability.

We lead in protecting our air, waterways, land and the health of the community for the future.

We work with communities, government and business to reduce our impact on the environment.

We hold people and organisations to account through licensing, monitoring, regulation and enforcement.

The EPA’s Strategic Plan 2021-24 together with our Regulatory Strategy outlines how we will achieve our ambition to be a world class regulator. Our Strategic Plan describes how we will be the stewards of the environment and use all the regulatory tools to protect and enhance the environment we live in today and in the future. It identifies five areas of focus for the next three years where we will take action to be the courageous voice of the environment, finding evidence and science-based solutions to some of our most formidable environmental challenges.

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How to apply

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter, which is your one page ‘pitch’ outlining your interest in and suitability for the role based on your skills and experience
  • an up-to-date CV of no more than three pages.

Applications are to be submitted through the I Work for NSW website and close Thursday 28 October 2021 at 11.59pm

For further information about this role, please see the formal listing on the I Work for NSW website or contact Sarah Larkin at

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our team can:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks

If you have disability and require more information or assistance you can contact the Diversity team at (please include reference number).

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and would like information or assistance in applying, contact our Aboriginal People & Culture team (please include reference number).

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