Economic Adviser - Sustainable Economy Program

We want to bring novel data-driven insights to long-term problems. You will be working to build a more fair and sustainable economy. Our team enjoys frequent interaction with policymakers in government, media, and the wider policy world. You'll be joining a close-knit team that delivers real impact at senior levels of policymaking.

We believe our team is our key asset and we are committed to recruiting and retaining talented and committed individuals. We support flexible work and will consider either full-time or part-time for the right candidate. The successful candidate will be based in CPD’s Sydney or Melbourne office. Remote work may be possible. We encourage First Nations people, people of colour, people with lived experience of forced migration, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQI+ community, and people without a family history of tertiary education to apply for this role.

Not sure whether this role is right for you? Not sure what it's like working for an independent Research Institute? Join us for an online "Ask Me Anything" session to hear from members of our team on Tuesday 21 March at 11.00am. Email our HR officer at to RSVP and get the zoom link, or to ask any questions ahead of the info session.

What we will offer you

We highly value work flexibility, encouraging our team to manage their own working hours and providing the option to work on a hybrid basis. We will consider either full-time or part-time for the right candidate.

Salary: $80,000 - $95,000 + 10.5% superannuation.

Our CPD team enjoys a variety of perks which include:

  • Study Leave
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Birthday Leave
  • A pet-friendly work space
  • Floating public holidays
  • End-of-trip facilities (i.e showers, bike storage)
  • A collaborative culture that will foster your skills, build your career and broaden your horizons.

Here is a taste of what you’ll do:

  • conduct original economic analysis on topics related to the Sustainable Economy Program, such as decarbonisation, regional economic development, household incomes, fiscal policy, or wellbeing
  • support network building, communicating effectively with external stakeholders
  • work collaboratively with colleagues across CPD
  • support policy engagement activities, such as roundtables and other convening events
  • keep up-to-date with the latest policy developments relevant to the research program
  • contribute to wider project planning and strategy across the team
  • occasional interstate travel (including overnight travel)

About you

You will be the right person for the job if you:

  • Have a thoughtful approach to economic analysis: able to develop, rigorously test, and communicate new perspectives on the Australian economy
  • Can write concisely and clearly
  • Have the ability to take the initiative when faced with a blank page; developing new projects, methodologies, and ideas
  • Understand the economic and social policy context in Australia
  • Are able to work at pace on several different projects at once
  • Have a background in any of the focus areas of the Sustainable Economy program (eg. decarbonisation, industrial transition, wellbeing approaches to government, labour markets, international trade, wealth inequality, tax-and-transfer systems etc.)

While not an essential criteria, candidates should mention in their application if they have experience using statistical software packages to analyse economic data (eg. R or Stata).

About CPD

CPD is one of Australia’s top independent policy institutes. You will be joining a smart and energetic team that is courageous with our contribution, but humble in the way we engage. We are committed to listening, learning and growing together.

We build constructive, respectful working relationships — internally and externally — and we take equity and inclusion seriously. We recognise the best solutions are developed when diverse voices contribute - especially people who are frequently and historically excluded from public policy decisions, and people with lived experience of the challenges our work addresses. This is particularly important given our research tackles the big structural inequalities in Australia.

To learn more about our work check out our latest Impact Report.

How to Apply

Candidates are invited to apply via email to  Please include a cover letter outlining what you would bring to the position, and your CV.

If you have any questions, please contact Anureet Kaur on

For more information on CPD please visit

Closing date: 3 April 2023

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