Graduate Research Economist / Graduate Policy Analyst

  • Classification: APS Level 4
  • Salary: $76,574 plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Location: Canberra / Melbourne – with hybrid working arrangements available
  • Position type/status: Ongoing, full-time – multiple roles on offer
  • Applications close Monday 10 April 2023

Passionate about public policy? Keen on deep analysis of Australia’s major economic and social issues?

Join our 2024 graduate program.

About the role

We have openings in both our Canberra and Melbourne offices for high calibre graduates who are interested in working on a range of challenging public policy issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

We are seeking applications from highly motivated individuals who can demonstrate an awareness of Australian economic conditions and policy landscape. Successful applicants will possess a range of capabilities including an understanding of applied economic or policy research, analytical and investigative skills, good communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.  

The Commission offers a friendly, welcoming environment with excellent employment conditions and development opportunities. As well as a comprehensive graduate program, our graduates work with some of the best and most experienced policy analysts in the country and have access to both on-the-job and formal training throughout their career.

Academic qualifications in economics or other fields relevant to public policy are required, preferably at honours level (or higher) or as part of a double or combined degree. Qualifications must be completed by January 2024, and successful applicants will commence in February 2024.

It is anticipated that first round offers to successful candidates will be made by the end of May 2023. Further offers may be made until December 2023.

Applications close at 11:59pm (AEST), Monday 10 April 2023.

What Productivity Commission offer

The Commission offers a competitive salary plus generous superannuation with employer contributions of 15.4%.

We provide on-going learning and development opportunities tailored to individuals’ needs at different points of their careers including access to study assistance opportunities.

We have a collaborative, flexible work environment and we recognise the importance of balancing work commitments with family, caring and other personal commitments outside work.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and encourage applications from candidates with broad experiences and diverse backgrounds. We also offer reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Position eligibility requirements

You must be an Australian citizen or, in limited circumstances, in the process of obtaining citizenship, to be eligible for employment with the Commission.

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Our Recruitment team

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