Economist / Policy Analyst, Better Regulation Victoria (VPSG4)

Job posted: 12/07/2023
Applications close: 27/09/2023 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Treasury and Finance

Salary: $91,418 - $103,725

Occupation: Economics

Reference: VG/DTF/ECO/1732478

Reference: VG/DTF/ECO/1732478

Occupation: Economics

Salary Range: $91,418 - $103,725

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

Join our team at the Department of Treasury and Finance as an Economic Analyst. In this ongoing role, you will conduct rigorous economic analysis and research to improve regulatory performance. You'll provide high-quality advice to senior managers and stakeholders, building strong relationships along the way. Collaborate with departments and agencies on regulatory improvement initiatives. Requirements include a relevant tertiary qualification in economics or law, excellent analytical skills, and stakeholder engagement experience. Previous experience in regulation analysis or project management is a plus. Take this opportunity to make a significant impact on Victoria's economic and regulatory landscape.

About us

The Department of Treasury and Finance provides economic, financial and resource management advice to help the Victorian Government deliver its policies. We strive for excellence in financial and economic management to improve the lives of all Victorians.

Economic Division

The Economic Division leads the development of advice to the Government, and implementation of priority projects, for key economic and policy priorities including economic strategy, regulatory reform, housing, social policy, government tax policy and intergovernmental financial relations to drive improvements in Victoria's productive and efficient resource allocation, competitiveness and equity across the economy.

Better Regulation Victoria (BRV)

Better Regulation Victoria (BRV) works with the Victorian Government and community to support the analysis, design and implementation of best-practice regulation. BRV supports the Commissioner for Better Regulation to:

  • Assess the adequacy of Regulatory Impact Statements (RISs) and Legislative Impact Assessments (LIAs)
  • Assist with the design, application, and administration of regulation
  • Identify opportunities for regulatory reform or to reduce red tape
  • Advise on and investigate complaints about competitive neutrality
  • Undertake research on specific regulatory issues, at the request of the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer or Secretary, DTF.

To support economic growth, BRV also undertakes specific regulatory improvement initiatives (e.g. Regulator Health Checks and Regulator Pre-digitisation projects) to improve Victoria's regulatory system and enable firms to innovate and reduce the cost of doing business.

BRV aims for excellence in economic and regulatory policy analysis, consisting of a small team of around 12 DTF staff, supporting the Commissioner for Better Regulation.  Staff work in a collegiate environment that provides outstanding development opportunities through analysing a broad range of regulatory and public policy issues and working closely with the Commissioner.

About the role

This role is an ongoing opportunity which works across both the regulatory review function (analysing and assessing RISs and LIAs) as well as other functions (including broader regulatory improvement initiatives) outlined above, and will include significant engagement with departments, agencies and external stakeholders. The role will also assist to support capability building (regulatory development) across departments and agencies through training and other engagements undertaken by BRV.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Undertake rigorous economic analysis and research on complex regulatory and policy issues, with a particular focus on identifying opportunities to improve regulatory performance and outcomes.
  • Prepare high quality, influential written and verbal advice on complex issues for the Commissioner for Better Regulation, senior managers, departments, and other external stakeholders.
  • Actively participate in negotiations, consultation, and presentations with external stakeholders (including departments and agencies, regulators, businesses and members of the community) and build ongoing relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Participate in regulatory improvement initiatives with Victorian Government departments, agencies and regulators.
  • Contribute to a positive team culture.

About you

To be considered for the role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Well-developed analytical and research skills. Demonstrated ability to analyse problems through the application of economic and related frameworks.
  • Experience in providing high-quality advice both verbally and in writing, including the ability to convey complex ideas persuasively and effectively in plain English.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully advising and negotiating with stakeholders on complex issues to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Stakeholder engagement skills, with the ability to build and maintain strong networks and ongoing positive relationships with departments, regulatory agencies and business groups.
  • Ability to effectively manage competing work priorities and to engage collaboratively as part of a team to deliver common goals.
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in economics, law or a related public policy field that provides a strong analytical framework is required.
  • Experience and qualifications
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in economics, law or a related public policy field that provides a strong analytical framework is required.
  • Experience undertaking analysis of regulations or project management would be highly regarded.

About our culture

We aim to be a model employer providing an inclusive workplace that is understanding and respectful of differences such as gender, identity, race, disability or age. In addition, we are committed to supporting Aboriginal pathways between education and employment.

The Department strives to create an environment that supports a flexible and adaptive workforce. All requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered in line with operational requirements.

How to apply

VPS employees and other JSE-eligible applicants are encouraged to apply on the Jobs & Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board. For more information about the position and key selection criteria, please refer to the position description. If you have specific questions regarding the role, please contact Jason Knight on 0438 622 465 or via email Jason.Knight@betterreg.vic.gov.au

To apply, select the ‘Apply Now' button and provide a copy of your resume and cover letter summarising your skills and relevant experience. Applications close at midnight, Wednesday 27 September, 2023. If you require a copy of this advertisement in an accessible format, please contact the Careers team.

Covid-19 Vaccination

DTF is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees and clients and consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OH&S Act). To support this DTF has a COVID-19 Vaccination policy which strongly recommends all DTF employees be fully vaccinated.

Economist / Policy Analyst, Better Regulation Victoria (VPSG4)

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Jason Knight | 0438 622 465 or Jason.Knight@betterreg.vic.gov.au

Economist / Policy Analyst, Better Regulation Victoria (VPSG4)