Position Title: Data Analyst
Classification: APS 6
Position Number: 6928
Tenure: Ongoing
Duration: Permanent
Section: Office of the Chief Economist
Group: Policy and Governance
Division: Policy and Corporate
Location: ACT
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Level 1
Security Classification: ENTRY ONLY

Group Responsibilities

The Policy and Governance Group (PGG) is the agency’s lead on government engagement matters relating to intellectual property (IP). PGG covers a broad range of areas, from legislation through to international policy and trade agreements, from audit and attorney registration to legal advice and economic research. As such, PGG interacts across the agency and contributes to IP Australia’s strategic goals.

Section Responsibilities

IP Australia’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) was established in 2012 to enhance the agency’s economic capability, support evidence-based policy through rigorous research and analysis. The OCE also exists to raise awareness of IP economics and contribute to public debate.

The OCE:

  • Influences policy decisions through the provision of robust evidence and data
  • Provides analytical services upon request to internal and external stakeholders
  • Builds and disseminates enriched datasets to support the broader research community with their work
  • Produces analytical insights to be used in papers and the Australian IP Report (annual flagship publication)
  • Provides economic and statistical advice, data support and analysis to other business groups in IP Australia
  • Collaborates with other government agencies and the academia on research projects.

Job Description / Context of the Role

As Data Analyst, you will have strong data analysis and communication skills to work in a challenging and fast-paced environment to deliver a range of data and analytical services for the OCE. You will have a keen interest in data science and take initiatives to develop and refine the data assets built and published by IP Australia. This role may also come with some project management and mentoring responsibilities.

Job Specific Duties

  • Deliver projects to transform administrative data into enriched datasets that can be used to produce analytical insights. This will involve data manipulation and the managing of external contractors to deliver components of the overall project
  • Attend to requests for data and analytical services to support the work of internal and external stakeholders. You will interrogate large datasets in various formats to produce statistical insights
  • Provide statistical advice and analysis to support researchers in the OCE and policy areas in PGG
  • Liaise with stakeholders for data linkage work and the mapping of business facts in IT systems
  • Prepare documentations for data releases, data enrichment methodology and data governance
  • Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change
  • Effective engagement with and management of risk within relevant sphere of influence
  • Establish clear expectations, achieve work objectives, take ownership and honours commitments.
  • Maintain an understanding of their/worker responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace.

Job Specific Capabilities

The ideal candidate should have strong conceptual skills, highly developed technical skills and a willingness to take initiatives to drive continuous improvement in the work that we do. This role is challenging but ultimately rewarding for people who are motivated and can stay focused to solve complex problems.

The successful candidate will also possess the following:

  • Ability to use programming languages to conduct analytics and data wrangling
  • Programing experience in Python, R, Stata or SQL is highly desirable
  • Ability to deliver work commitments in a fast-paced customer focused team environment
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills to explain complex concepts
  • Experience in working with "big data" or administrative data is desirable
  • Understanding of basic economic principles is an advantage
  • Experience in data visualisation is also an advantage
  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline is highly desirable.

Application Requirements

To apply for this position, candidates are required to:

  • write, in no more than 1000 words, on how their knowledge, skills and experience make them suitable for this role
  • frame your response around the job specific duties and capabilities
  • provide a current CV detailing employment history and academic qualifications
  • provide the name and contact details of two professional referees.

Applications must be submitted through the IP Australia Web Recruitment system (ESS). Please note that you MUST be an Australian Citizen to work in the APS and to meet IP Australia’s security clearance requirements.

Contact Officer

For further information pertaining to this job please contact Razib Tuhin on 02 6283 2781


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Working in IP Australia

Australia’s Intellectual property (IP) rights system supports innovation, investment and international competitiveness. IP Australia administers Australia’s IP rights system, specifically patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. IP Australia also undertakes programs to educate and promote an awareness of intellectual property (IP), provides IP policy input to Government, develops legislation to support the IP system and contributes to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally.

IP Australia strives to deliver robust IP rights efficiently, satisfy our customers in terms of timeliness and value for money and be recognised as one of the leading IP offices in the world for the quality (including accuracy and consistency) of the IP rights we grant. IP Australia is committed to external certification of our Quality Management System which involves applying ISO 9001:2008 to key business processes and to environmental management through ISO14001 certification within the agency.

All IP Australia staff contribute to the achievement of organisational outcomes and the overall management of IP Australia by assisting, as appropriate, the Commissioner of Patents and the Registrars of Trade Marks and Designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights, and their deputies (where relevant), to perform statutory functions, and where appropriate, exercise relevant delegations.

IP Australia recognises the importance of employees balancing their work and personal lives by offering staff access to an ongoing series of health and wellbeing programs, flexible work-life policies and a range of professional development programs. IP Australia is a breastfeeding friendly workplace.

The IP Australia office in Canberra provides high quality accommodation and facilities. These include: an on-site café, conference, meeting and training rooms; limited on-site parking for cars and motor cycles available on a rotational basis; the provision of undercover bicycle racks; excellent shower/change facilities for staff choosing to walk or ride to work; and the advantage of all staff being co-located in the one building.

Please note: All IP Australia positions are subject to an ENTRY ONLY pre-employment check unless a higher security clearance has been identified. Other pre-employment checks may also apply.


Job documentation updated and endorsed for use: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019