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Policy Officer

Provide assistance to an organisation or department with policy strategy, analysis and advice.

What's it like to be a Policy Officer?

A Policy Officer provides analysis and advice on issues an organisation is concerned with, liaises with both internal and external networks of contacts, and develops policy relating to the rules and principles of the issues accordingly.

Policy Officer

Tasks and duties

  • Undertaking and commissioning research.
  • Gathering data and analysing information.
  • Providing advice to senior stakeholders and decision makers.
  • Coordinating meetings, conferences and debates.
  • Writing briefings, speeches and reports.
  • Giving presentations and speeches.
  • Undertaking stakeholder consultation.
  • Monitoring communications to ensure effective delivery of key talking points.

What can I earn as a Policy Officer?

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How to become a Policy Officer


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Qualifications in a relevant field are usually required to attain a Policy Officer role. Many candidates also complete postgraduate study. This role can be secured at the graduate level without relevant experience, but workplace experience may be an advantage.

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree majoring in political science, international relations, law or a related field.
  2. Consider completing postgraduate study in a specialist field.

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Latest Policy Officer reviews

Latest reviews from 12 Policy Officers surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
Public policy can be frustrating but rewarding when you have success and make a difference for thousands of people
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Vocational education
The good things
If you enjoy investigating problems through research and talking to experts, this is a good choice. You can influence public policy and solve problems.
The challenges
Balancing the needs of customers with the available resources and government’s policy focus is the most challenging part.
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Jun 2021
Senior Policy Officer can be great if you have a great Manager/team
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
health
The good things
The good things Interesting and stimulating topics to research and explore. Get to work with a variety of people/stakeholders from different areas such as law, management and peak bodies. The bad thi...
The challenges
Like most roles the people you work with are critical. In your interview make sure to ask about the size, structure and culture of the team. Also ask the Manager to describe their management style to ...
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