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Government Relations Officer

Canberra ACT
Posted 1 week ago


Government Relations

Employment Type

Full-time, Permanent opportunity


AIMS AOF Level 4 salary ($90,321 to $102,784 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation

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Closing Date


About this exciting opportunity

The Government Relations Officer role is the perfect opportunity if you have an interest in politics and are aspiring to work directly with parliamentarians.  As a Government Relations Officer you will have direct engagement with and provide support to AIMS’ senior leadership and Council through the delivery of professional advice and management and development of effective relationships with the Australian Government. You will manage government and departmental information requests, provide intelligence reports and updates for the AIMS Leadership Team, promote AIMS’ engagement projects through planning and delivery of events, and undertake processing for AIMS corporate reporting.


Helping to build and manage AIMS’ profile in Canberra, you will support AIMS’ participation in Senate Estimates, Parliamentary Inquiries, and policy/program reviews, and assist in the preparation of briefs, correspondence and advice for various Ministers, advisors, and government departments and agencies. This will also include assisting in the preparation of documentation to support AIMS’ participation in senior forums.


About you

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your interest in the political landscape, coupled with your experience and understanding of stakeholder engagement, government liaison, policy and responsibilities of Australian Public Service organisations. You will use your adaptability and flexibility to foster innovative and collaborative relationships with AIMS’ Leadership Team, Government Ministers, Departments, and Agencies.


You will have exceptional demonstrated experience in written, verbal and interpersonal communications along with the proven ability to deliver presentations with confidence to inform and influence high-level decision makers. Your proficiency and experience in sourcing, reviewing, and analysing information to develop targeted briefs, reports, and advice for a broad range of stakeholders will support your success in this position.


It is a requirement of this position that you currently hold, or have the ability to obtain, an Australian Government security clearance at or above the Baseline level.


If, after reviewing the position description (refer pages 8 - 10), you believe that your qualifications, experience, and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.


Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions.  In line with our Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 4 salary ($90,321 to $102,784 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Full-time, Permanent opportunity
  • Located in Canberra, ACT
  • 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Relocation assistance available

Please note:

  1. Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment, depending on the relevant Department of Home Affairs current policies.
  2. AIMS strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Whilst it is not currently a mandatory requirement for this role, AIMS reserves the right to review its position and policy on mandatory vaccinations. It may therefore become a mandatory requirement for this role in the future.


Next step:

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description, which is included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find a link to our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria within the scope of the position description.


Submitting your application:

Please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, resume and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form via our e-recruitment system which can be accessed via the "apply now" button below.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.


Position enquiries are to be directed to Chris Payne, Government Relations Manager at c.payne@aims.gov.au.


Applications close: WEDNESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2024 (midnight, AEST).