Junior Policy Officer / Commercial Analyst – Commercial Investments Division (Affirmative Measures Indigenous)

Job title: Junior Policy Officer / Commercial Analyst – Commercial Investments Division (Affirmative Measures Indigenous)

Company: Department of Finance and Administration

Job description:

  • Commercial Group / Commercial Investments Division / Various Branches
  • APS 3 ($65,616 – $75,690),APS 4 ($74,012 – $84,472) | Ongoing & Non-ongoing | Full-time & Part-time
  • Canberra, ACT,Melbourne, VIC


Commercial Investments Division (CID) within Commercial Group at the Department of Finance supports delivery and oversight of a diverse set of relationships and commercial investments on behalf of the Australian Government and the Minister for Finance.

CID consists of five Branches, Communication and Energy Investments, Commercial Policy and Advice, Defence Investments, Specialist Investment Vehicles, Funds and Governance and Transport Investments.

CID provides oversight of the management of the Government’s nine GBEs and eight SIVs to ensure accountability and transparency is maintained while also delivering value for money.

GBE’s include:

  • ASC Pty Ltd
  • Australian Naval Infrastructure
  • Australia Post
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Inland Rail Pty Ltd
  • NBN Co Limited
  • National Intermodal Corporation
  • Snowy Hydro Limited
  • Western Sydney Airport Corporation

SIV’s includes:

  • Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific
  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation
  • Export Finance Australia
  • Housing Australia
  • National Reconstruction Fund Corporation
  • Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
  • Regional Investment Corporation

Please see the vacancy pack attached for more information about the Commercial Investments Division.


We are seeking to immediately fill APS Level 3 and APS Level 4 roles across three (3) key functions across Commercial Investments Division (CID) and will work with successful candidates to find a role that best suits their skills, capabilities and interests.

Government Business Enterprise (GBE) Oversight
As a junior commercial/policy analyst in one of our GBE teams, you would be responsible for leading a small team to represent the Minister for Finance’s interests as shareholder minister in delivering high quality commercially driven outcomes consistent with the Government’s policy objectives. Oversight roles include supporting the delivery of major infrastructure works such as Snowy Hydro 2.0 or the Inland Rail Program, regulatory compliance of government entities such as through NBN Co or Australia Post, supporting Australia’s national security objectives by oversighting the entities’ delivery of major Defence capability projects and establishing a new joint entity to deliver the Marinus Link project.

Investment Management
As a junior commercial/policy analyst providing oversight and guidance associated with the Commonwealth’s Investment Framework, Australian Government Investment Funds or Specialist Investment Vehicles, you will be responsible for strengthening the Commonwealth’s long-term financial position to meet unfunded liabilities, to deliver on critical government funding policy objectives and/or to support Government’s investments in priority industries.

This diverse opportunity could see you working alongside the Future Fund Management Agency to support implementation of its investments framework, working with investment vehicles such as the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, Clean Energy Finance Corporation or National Reconstruction Fund Corporation, or supporting other Commonwealth agencies undertake major strategic transactions.

Commercial Policy Development and Implementation
CID manages the Commonwealth Investment Framework and supports Commonwealth agencies in implementing the Framework to meet the Government’s investment and policy objectives. These investment and policy objectives could be implemented through existing GBE’s, investment vehicles or through working with agencies to support new transactions in various commercial sectors.

For example, there are opportunities to work closely to develop and implement major Government Policy priorities such as the AUKUS trilateral partnership and the acquisition of conventionally-armed nuclear-powered submarines, Net Zero and renewable energy policy, and supporting the development and implementation of scoping studies and reviews, such as the Inland Rail Review, by providing quality advice to Commonwealth agencies and to Government.


We are seeking motivated people at the APS Level 3 and APS Level 4 with a mix of public policy, commercial, financial, legal and program management skills and expertise.

Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • strong written and communication skills, such as drafting high quality and timely briefings and correspondence on policy, project delivery and transaction matters
  • an ability to work effectively and collaborate in diverse, multi-disciplinary teams to achieve high-quality shared outcomes
  • flexibility and willingness to apply yourself to task and successful manage competing deadlines
  • capability to gather and analyse information, solve problems and present solutions
  • initiative and flexibility to respond to changing organisations needs and priorities

Policy Officer/Commercial Analysts in CID will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of tasks while gaining knowledge and experience highly valued across the public service.

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate and exemplify the following behaviours, which form the cornerstone of our organisational culture:

  • Collaboration, mutual respect and productive working relationships.
  • Courteous, respectful and effective communication.
  • Innovation, creativity, and appropriate levels of risk-taking.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, professional development, and a strategic approach to achieving results.
  • Personal drive and integrity.

Finance actively supports flexible and hybrid working arrangements, with remote working arrangements to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Part-time staff are encouraged to apply.

Candidates found suitable, but do not secure an immediate vacancy, will be placed into a merit pool that will be valid for 18 months from the date of advertising and drawn upon to fill future vacancies as they arise.


For detailed information about these roles, including the job specific capabilities, please refer to the downloadable vacancy pack, which can be accessed by clicking the hyperlink at the bottom of this page.


The information sessions will provide you with the opportunity to find out more about these exciting vacancies and will be held in person (1 Canberra Avenue Forrest) and via Microsoft Teams on:

  • Tuesday, 6 February 2024 12.30 PM – 1.30PM
  • Tuesday, 6 February 2024 5.30 PM – 6.30 PM

Register your interest by contacting Patrice Fitzpatrick at


  • Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the Australian Public Service (APS) unless the Agency Head has agreed otherwise, in writing.
  • Successful applicants will be required to undergo the process to obtain and maintain, or continue to hold the required security clearance level for the role as indicated in the downloadable job pack. All Finance staff are required to have a minimum baseline security clearance prior to commencement.
  • This role is being advertised as both ongoing and non-ongoing. A position may be offered as ongoing or non-ongoing subject to operational requirements and/or candidate preference. Where a non-ongoing position is offered, the role will be filled for a specified term of up to 12 months. A specified term may be extended up to a maximum period of 18 months.

Applicants applying under Affirmative Measures – Indigenous will need to provide evidence they meet the eligibility for this vacancy should they be found suitable and prior to being made a formal offer of employment.

To be eligible to apply for this vacancy applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • who are accepted by their community as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Evidence of confirmation of heritage includes:

  • a letter signed and executed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation confirming that they are recognised as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; or
  • confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation.

Our Indigenous Liaison Officer, Tarran Backhus, can be reached at or (02) 6215 2633.


  • For questions relating to the online lodgement of your application, please email the Recruitment team via

or call (02) 6215 1717 between 8:30am – 5:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday. * For specific questions relating to this job vacancy, please refer to the details on the contact officer located in the downloadable job pack.

Expected salary:

Location: Canberra, ACT – Melbourne, VIC

Job date: Tue, 30 Jan 2024 02:59:29 GMT

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