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About us

Queensland Treasury’s vision is a strong economy for all Queenslanders. Our purpose is to drive government priorities through our expert advice and services. As a central agency, Treasury drives the Government’s plan to grow the Queensland economy and create jobs in line with the Government’s economic recovery priorities and longer-term economic strategy.

Our branch

The Office of Productivity and Red Tape Reduction (OPRTR) aims to increase productivity and improve regulation through evidence-based advice and analysis. Key areas are:

  • Research and Advisory: develops policy advice on key economic and social issues
  • Office of Best Practice and Regulation: provides advice and guidance on effective and efficient regulation

Your opportunity

As an Economist within the OPRTR, you will undertake objective and rigorous economic and policy analysis and provide high quality written and verbal advice on a range of issues, often within tight time frames and tailored to a specific audience. You will be required to communicate and liaise effectively with stakeholder groups.

The OPRTR fosters a collaborative work environment to develop sound policy recommendations — a willingness to engage in robust discussions and explore diverse views within a supportive team setting is essential.

The key responsibilities

Research, analyse and advise on a broad range of policy and regulatory matters.

Provide advice on the application and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data and various types of economic impact analysis.

Prepare and present high quality and authoritative analytical documents and reports.

Proactively work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.

Develop, maintain and grow strong and effective working relationships within Treasury and across agencies. 

Actively participate as a member of a highly skilled team of economists to support the development of a positive and professional culture within the Office.

Contribute to project and/or wider Office activities including planning, reporting, information management and business improvement.

Success criteria

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate:

  • Strong background in economics, especially microeconomics, and interested in policy analysis and review.
  • Sound policy analysis skills and the ability to prepare and assess a wide range of quantitative and qualitative evidence.
  • Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to prepare high quality, structured and sequenced documents that are concise, simple and fit-for-purpose.

Your core capabilities: We’ll assess your merit for this role by looking at what you’ve done previously, the knowledge, skills and experience you’ve built, your potential for development and your personal qualities. The competencies below are the most critical for success in this role.

Vision: Stimulates ideas and innovation – Gathers insights and embraces new ideas and innovation to inform future practice

Results: Drives accountability and outcomes - Demonstrates accountability for the execution and quality of results through professionalism, persistence and transparency

Accountability: Pursues continuous growth – Pursues opportunities for growth through agile learning, and development of self-awareness

To find out more refer to the Leadership competencies for Queensland.

About the role

Role Type: Flexible full time / Permanent

Annual Salary: $93,365 - $104,518 per annum

Contact Officer: Sean Mackay, Principal Economist, OPRTR, PH: (07) 3035 3485, E:

Job Ad Reference: QLD/527422/23

Closing Date: Thursday, 30th November 2023

Location: Brisbane

Reports to: Manager OPRTR

Role requirements

Qualifications Technical/educational

There are no mandatory qualifications needed for this role, however, relevant qualifications are highly regarded. Skills in quantitative research, regulatory impact analysis, econometrics, law and other social sciences are also highly valued.

How to Apply

From the Smart Jobs and Careers advertisement, click Apply online and include the following in your application.
Your resume detailing relevant experience.
A cover letter of no more than two pages outlining why you are interested in this position and how your knowledge, skills and experience make you a strong candidate for the role.

Important Information

Refer to the Candidate information pack for information.


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