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Policy and Projects Officer

An exciting new role in the Science & Technology Australia team, the Policy and Projects Officer will support STA’s influential work in policy and research.

The role will expand STA’s capacity for high-quality policy development, advocacy, and research reports. You will work with STA’s Director of Policy and Engagement to help research and draft policy submissions, develop policy briefs ahead of Parliamentary hearings, and help shape STA’s policy advocacy priorities for Australia’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors.

This exciting job may also support STA's Director of Research to deliver commissioned research projects, including major high-quality research on cutting-edge topics in science, technology and policy. This includes reviewing and synthesising published expert literature, collecting and analysing data, consulting eminent experts in our vast membership network, and writing and editing to a high standard.

The role will also work with other members of the STA team to deliver programs to train science and technology experts to engage more effectively with public policymakers.

The successful candidate will join a small, talented, clever and fun team, and will report to the Director of Policy.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Support the STA STEM Sector Policy Committee to create and update STA policy position papers.
  • Remain abreast of policy changes and political developments relevant to science and technology.
  • Prepare responses to relevant public inquiries, reviews and consultations.
  • Support the delivery of commissioned research reports and consultation projects including research, logistical and administrative tasks.
  • Help to develop and manage programs linking scientists and technologists with Parliamentarians.
  • Other projects and duties as required, including but not limited to logistical, administrative and communications support.


  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience preparing submissions to government inquiries, policy position statements and similar would be highly regarded.
  2. Demonstrated ability to form and nurture successful relationships with a range of diverse stakeholders.
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage projects and/or programs, with outstanding attention to detail.
  4. Demonstrated ability to perform well both independently and as a member of a small team.
  5. Excellent time management, including an ability to juggle competing priorities and respond quickly and professionally as issues unfold.
  6. A strong understanding and commitment to the principles of diversity, fairness and equal opportunity.

Applications can be emailed to ea@sta.org.au by 19 October 2023.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are especially encouraged to apply.