Position Title: Policy Officer
Classification: APS6
Position Number: 4112
Tenure: Ongoing
Section: Trade and Policy Projects
Group: Policy and Governance
Division: Policy and Corporate
Location: ACT
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Level 1
Security Classification: BASELINE

Group Responsibilities

The Policy and Governance Group (PGG) is IP Australia's lead on government engagement on matters relating to intellectual property (IP). PGG covers a broad range of areas, from legislation through to international policy and trade agreements, and from audit and attorney registration to legal advice and economic research.

Section Responsibilities

The Trade & Policy Projects team works within PGG to promote and protect the interests of Australian business and the Australian community, both internationally and within Australia. The main functions of this team are:

  • Collaborating with other government agencies and supporting DFAT to negotiate IP chapters in free trade agreements (FTAs) with key trading partners. We are currently negotiating FTAs with the EU and preparing for an FTA with the UK following Brexit
  • Coordinating evidence-based reviews on selected IP topics. This currently includes progressing domestic policy positions on Geographical Indications and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Developing policy responses to emerging IP issues such as the patenting of genes and pharmaceuticals
  • Leading Australia’s engagement in the APEC Intellectual Property Experts Group

Job Description / Context of the Role

Policy Officers in the Trade and Policy Projects section assist with research and analysis of IP policy matters, draft briefings and advice for Ministers and IP Australia's Senior Executives members, assist with stakeholder consultations and attend meetings with other Government agencies and departments.

The section has one ongoing vacancy at this level. A merit list may be established to fill similar roles within PGG on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis.

Job Specific Duties

The role includes the following duties:

  • Researching and providing policy advice and analysis on major and emerging IP issues
  • Preparing briefing, correspondence and policy advice for IP Australia's Executive and the Ministers
  • Assisting with the development of domestic legislation, free trade agreements or other international documents and agreements
  • Representing IP Australia at external meetings with other government departments and agencies
  • Participating in consultations with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrating attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change (including participates in and encourages others to participate in change and contribute to successful outcomes)
  • Improving organisational performance through effective engagement with and management of risk
  • within relevant sphere of influence
  • Establishing clear expectations and creates an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives, takes ownership and honours commitments
  • Maintaining 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 successful candidates will possess the following:

  • Self-motivation, with a track record of taking responsibility and delivering results
  • High level of written and oral communication skills
  • Well-developed research, analysis and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and manage relationships and workloads
  • An understanding of, or ability to quickly develop an understanding of, the IP policy environment and/or IP law

Application Requirements

To apply for this position, candidates are asked to:

  • Frame their responses around the job specific duties and job specific capabilities of the role (as set out in this job documentation), and provide:

1. An explanation of how their skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limited response between 300 and 500 words)
2. Details of no more than two (2) professional achievements, within the last 5 years, that demonstrate their suitability for this role (limited response between 300 and 500 words)

  • Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is relevant to the advertised position
  • 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 Sean Applegate on 02 6283 2207.


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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, November 28, 2019