Policy Officers (Various Positions), COVID Maritime and Shipping

Location Canberra ACT


About the Business Division COVID Surface Transport Division contributes to the wellbeing of all Australians by developing and implementing national reforms in surface transport policy and regulation (maritime, shipping, rail and road transport reforms) to achieve efficient, productive, safe, and sustainable outcomes which are environmentally friendly and enhance Australia's international competitiveness. It is responsible for Australian Government engagement with the states, territories, local government, industry and internationally in relation to shipping policy and maritime regulation, road and rail policy and regulation, road safety and vehicle standards. About the Branch COVID Maritime and Shipping Branch leads Australian shipping and ports policy, and contributes actively to domestic and global efforts to enhance trade facilitation, safety, emissions and the marine environment.

We administer Acts giving effect to Australia's obligations under various international maritime treaties and conventions. The Branch also regulates international container shipping services and shipping tax incentives, and manages the Tasmanian shipping programs. A current major focus for the Branch is responding to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the maritime sector, to keep trade moving to and from Australia.

The Branch has four sections, focussing on: domestic and international policy on maritime safety and governance; international policy on shipping emissions and maritime trade facilitation; Australian shipping including the Coastal Trading Licencing system, and ports; and the Tasmanian and shipping programs including Part X (international liner shipping services) and shipping tax incentives. The key duties of the position include About the positions We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates at the APS 5 and APS 6 level with an understanding of policy and regulatory issues in an Australian and international context and an interest in the maritime sector. The positions will involve work in maritime policy development & analysis, regulation, legislative reform, stakeholder engagement, program management and governance, and will see the successful candidates make direct contributions to Australia's national maritime interests.

As a policy officer in the COVID Maritime and Shipping Branch, you will be expected to contribute as a collaborative member of the Branch, with duties expected to include: Supporting the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly its impact on maritime businesses and in the facilitation of maritime trade in Australia. Assist with research and analysis to support policy development on issues such as coastal trading reform, including assistance with consultation processes and legislative amendments. Assist with preparation of written materials including ministerial briefing and submissions, responses to correspondence and parliamentary questions, internal minutes, and requests for legal advice.

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4 Sep 2020


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