Department of Regional NSW
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Communications Officer

Communications Officer

  • 496252
  • Media, Publicity and Communications
  • Term: Ongoing
  • Work Type: Full time, 35 hours per week with flexible working options available!
  • Salary range: $99,431 to $110,064pa plus superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Location: Orange
  • A talent pool will be created for future vacancies over the next 18 months

Department of Regional NSW is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability.We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services.We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role. 


About You

As the Communications Officer you will help design and implement strategic communications through all available channels, focussed primarily on proactive and response media engagement and management.

  • Identify, research and develop innovative communications solutions and implement communications strategies, projects and supporting activities to facilitate engagement, productivity and change initiatives
  • Create, write and distribute and conduct ongoing research to increase conversion rates, engagement and overall channel satisfaction
  • Contribute to the continual improvement of the Department’s communications channels including the selection of new tools, templates and designs
  • Maintain close working relationships with, and provide specialist advice, standards and support to staff to facilitate the implementation of approved communications strategies
  • Develop and implement new content in cooperation with other divisions and teams within the organisation to drive communications strategies
  • Demonstrate standards of professional behaviour and ethics that promote and maintain public confidence and trust in the work of the branch and the department
  • Participate as part of a multi-disciplinary, co-operative and collaborative communications function distributed across NSW DPI branches
  • Balancing competing demands without foregoing quality or effectiveness under tight deadlines


 To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in effective stakeholder engagement, preferably within a government environment, and experience planning and delivering community engagement activities and events. 
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to make day to day decisions regarding media tactics and response
  • Proactive foresight to escalate issues that are contentious or require a higher delegation for approval


About Us

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.


DPI Strategy and Engagement develops and drives whole of DPI strategic priorities including Cabinet and legislation, corporate affairs and Parliament, market intelligence and forecasting, science risks and opportunities, and stakeholder and international engagement.


For further information about the role please contact Jamie Jones at


Alternatively click here to view the role description.


What's on Offer?

  • We value our people. Work is meant to be enjoyed! We believe in a flexible and relaxed working environment allowing people to operate in a manner that cultivates a friendly culture and reduces stress levels.
  • A culture of ambition, support, and inclusivity. We are passionate about what we do, and we want to work with those who share that same drive. We promote an open-door policy and encourage collaboration between all staff. 


Applying is Easy!

To apply simply attach a current resume (of no more than five pages) plus a cover letter (no more than two pages) which demonstrates how your previous experience and capabilities make you an ideal candidate for this role.


Closing Date: Monday 25th October 2021 at 11:55pm


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.


Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

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