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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 a Senior Economist within the OPRTR, you will undertake analysis and deliver complex policy advice across a broad range of policy and regulatory matters. You will communicate and liaise with diverse stakeholder groups to inform the development of high quality, evidence-based policy advice, assessments and reports.

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 complex policy and regulatory matters.

Independently prepare and present high quality and authoritative analytical documents and reports.

Provide expert advice on the appropriate application and interpretation of data and various types of economic impact analysis.

Contribute to, and support, the development of the OPRTR work program.

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

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

Actively contribute as a member of a highly skilled team of economists and 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 policy analysis and review.
  • Well-developed 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.


  • Makes Insightful decisions - Makes considered, ethical and courageous decisions based on insight into the broader context


  • Builds enduring relationships - Builds and sustains relationships to enable the collaborative delivery of customer-focussed outcomes
  • Drives accountability and outcomes - Demonstrates accountability for the execution and quality of results through professionalism, persistence and transparency


  • Pursues continuous growth – Pursues opportunities for growth through agile learning, and development of self-awareness
  • Stimulates Ideas and Innovation - Gathers insights and embraces new ideas and innovation to inform future practice

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

About the role

Role Type: Flexible full time / Permanent

Annual Salary: $122,924 - $131,630 per annum

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

Job Ad Reference: QLD/526903/23

Closing Date: Thursday, 30th November 2023

Location: 1 William Street, 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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