Principal Transport Economist (VPSG6)

Job posted: 15/10/2020
Applications close: 29/10/2020 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Transport

Salary: $120,692 - $161,511

Occupation: Economics

Reference: VG/80004924B

Reference: VG/80004924B

Occupation: Economics

Salary Range: $120,692 - $161,511

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Transport brings together all transport modes to design, plan, build and operate Victoria's transport system. Our job is to further integrate the transport network and improve the delivery of services to Victorians for simpler, quicker and safer journeys that connect people and places and support Victoria's prosperity and liveability. We're excited to offer this opportunity for you to become part of the Department that delivers more choice, connections and confidence in our travel, ensuring the whole transport network works as one to deliver better services and outcomes.

Principal Transport Economist

  • Annual Salary Range: $122,502 - $163,934 per annum plus superannuation (as per new VPS agreement 2020)
  • Tenure: Ongoing
  • Employment Type:  Full time
  • Usual Work Location: Melbourne CBD (currently work from home)


About the Team

The primary purpose of the Policy and Innovation Division is to drive future transport opportunities, legislative and policy reform, and imbed a deep understanding of the user and innovative technology.


About the Opportunity

The Principal Transport Economist has responsibility for delivering economic analysis and advice across the transport portfolio, in support of the activities undertaken by the Transport Analysis & Modelling Branch. This includes the development of economic, social and environmental policy analysis and advice, advice about transport modelling and its uses in economic analysis and evaluation, assisting with the governance arrangements for major transport projects, policy support for network planning activities, and support for the economic appraisal of major projects. The role requires specialist economic skills, as the position will primarily focus on the application of economic frameworks to major transport policy issues. The role also requires working knowledge of transport modelling practices.

The role will also be responsible for developing and fostering effective relationships and high levels of credibility with key stakeholders at senior levels within DoT across government and industry. The ability to consult, collaborate and negotiate successful outcomes in accordance with government priorities is therefore critical.


About you:


  • Demonstrated understanding of, and experience in, transport economic analysis and evaluation, including (at a minimum) working knowledge of transport modelling


  • Highly developed conceptual and analytical ability to deal with economic concepts and complexity comfortably; Undertakes high quality economic analysis drawing on quantitative techniques and understanding of the principles of transport economics; Comfortable working with and incorporating transport modelling concepts and outputs to deliver economic advice; Uses analytical and conceptual skills to reason through problems; Has creative ideas and can project how these can link to innovations. Strong level of familiarity with the application of economic frameworks to policy issues
  • Excellent written communication skills to prepare complex briefs, letters, emails and reports using clear, concise and grammatically correct language; Edits written communications to ensure they contain the information necessary to achieve their purpose and meet audience needs; Ensures appropriate style and formats are used
  • Builds team commitment by demonstrating personal conviction; Translates organisational strategy into meaningful long-term plans and objectives for own area of responsibility; Motivates others to deliver against goals
  • Consults, liaises with and influences key stakeholders; Produces detailed project plans where objectives are clearly defined and action steps for achieving them are clearly specified; Monitors performance against objectives and manages project risks and issues; Ensures project objectives are met
  • Formulates and communicates public policy options and recommendations, with a focus on the application of economic frameworks; Keeps up to date with a broad range of contemporary issues; Scans for links and potential implications of proposed policy options; Liaises with stakeholders
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels; Promotes harmony and consensus through diplomatic handling of disagreements; Forges useful partnerships with people across business areas, functions and organisations; Builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication; Minimises surprises




  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant or a related discipline


Culture and Benefits

The Department of Transport is committed to building a culture of developing our people to achieve great outcomes for the Victorian transport network.  We are proud of our commitment to flexible work arrangements that support different ways of working, helping employees balance work and life.


How to Apply

Applications should include a resume addressing relevant skills and experience. Applications close 11.59pm on Thursday, 29 October 2020.

For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity, please call Hugh Batrouney, Assistant Director Transport Analysis & Modelling on 0428 112 956.

Preferred applicants may be subject to pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Department of Transport will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Principal Transport Economist  (VPSG6)

Job type:

Full time

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Hugh Batrouney | 0428 112 956

Principal Transport Economist  (VPSG6)