Position Title: Data Analyst / Applied Economist
Classification: APS 5 or 6
Position Number: 6928
Tenure: Ongoing
Duration: Permanent
Section: Office of the Chief Economist
Group: Policy and Governance
Division: Policy and Corporate
Location: ACT / VIC
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Level 1
Security Classification: BASELINE

Group Responsibilities

The Policy and Governance Group (PGG) is the agency’s lead on government engagement on matters relating to 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 all four of IP Australia’s strategic goals.
Section Responsibilities

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

The OCE:

  • Informs policy discussion/thinking through the provision of empirical inputs
  • Influences policy decisions through the provision of robust evidence
  • Provides analytical services to research organisations to inform their research decisions
  • Makes IP data accessible to external users for research and analysis
  • Disseminates analytical output in the form papers, reports and the Australian IP Report (annual flagship publication)
  • Provides economic/statistical advice, data support and analytical services to IP Australia’s business groups
  • Collaborates with other agencies and the academia for research and dissemination

Job description / Context of the role

The OCE informs and supports IP policy discussion through the provision of insights based on advanced analytics using domestic and foreign IP rights data.

As Data Analyst / Applied Economist, you will be required to provide a range of data and analytical services to internal and external stakeholders and contribute to the OCE research projects through various activities, such as literature review, empirical analysis and drafting written outputs. 

Promising candidates for this position will have strong data analysis and communication skills, be apt to work in a challenging and fast paced team environment and may have some management responsibility.

Depending on the level of skills and experience possessed by the most suitable candidate, either an APS 5 or an APS 6 level position will be offered.

Job Specific duties

  • Main duties and responsibilities of this role are as following:
  • Interrogate large data sets in various formats using a range of data analysis software to produce statistical insights
  • Attend to requests for data and analytical services as well as requests for economic or data related advice promptly
  • Assist in managing and governing the OCE data assets and infrastructure
  • Contribute to OCE research projects through empirical analysis, literature review and writing draft sections/chapters/papers
  • Attend meetings with internal and external stakeholders to represent the OCE
  • Liaise with customers, service providers and any stakeholders, as required
  • Supervise and mentor junior team members as well as teach/coach anyone, as required
  • The successful candidate may be required to perform any other work related tasks, as requested by the management
  • Demonstrates attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change (including participates in and encourages others to participate in change and contribute to successful outcomes)
  • Improves organisational performance through effective engagement with and management of risk within relevant sphere of influence
  • Establishes clear expectations and creates an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives, takes ownership and honours commitments
  • Maintains 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

We are looking for an innovative person who loves a challenge. The ideal candidate will also be open to change and committed to continuous learning.

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Superior analytical ability
  • Advanced skills in data analysis and/or programming languages
  • Experience in data visualisation
  • Ability to deliver in a fast paced customer focused team environment
  • Highly developed organisational skills including the ability to prioritise and collaborate with others to achieve deadlines
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of basic economic principles is an advantage

Eligibility qualifications / Knowledge required

  • Experience in the advanced analysis of large data sets is essential. 
  • A tertiary degree with a strong focus on quantitative and analytical skills is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in coding, through programming languages such as Python, SQL and/or statistical packages such as Stata, R, Eviews, etc. or other similar tools is highly desirable.
  • A solid background in economics will be a plus.

 Application Requirements

To apply for this position, you are asked to:

  • Write, in no more than 1000 words, on how your skills, knowledge, experience and professional achievements make you the best candidate for this job. 
  • Frame your response around the job specific duties and capabilities of the role.
  • Provide a current CV detailing employment history and academic qualifications.
  • Provide the name and contact details of two referees.

Applications must be submitted through the IP Australia Web Recruitment system (ESS). 

Please note: you MUST be an Australian Citizen to be engaged in the APS and to meet IP Australia’s security clearance requirements.

Contact officer

For further information pertaining to this job please contact emma.francis@ipaustralia.gov.au on 03 9935 9631. 

Assessment method

Potential candidates will be shortlisted based on their written applications; shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews. Written or computer based tests may also be administered.

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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: 
Thursday, December 21, 2017