Department of Regional NSW
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Economist

Economist

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  • Governance

Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety division are currently seeking an experienced Economist to join their high performing team!

  • 12-month temporary full-time opportunity
  • Located in Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan, Armidale, Dubbo with other NSW locations considered
  • Offering a salary range from $99,431.00p.a. to $110,064.00 + superannuation

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 Us 

The Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) was formed in 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. The Department has 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.

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.

Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity & Food Safety division is responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety. It delivers a risk-based approach to policy and compliance and provides regional engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents impacting primary industries and the food sector.

About the role

Undertakes economic and statistical analysis to provide informed advice to Biosecurity and Food Safety, DPI Executive, and external clients to support the profitability and protection of the NSW economy and primary industries sector.

 Working as an Economist you will:

  • Research, analyse and review economic impact valuation methodologies and data sources; advise on data rigor, credibility and relevance to industry programs and initiatives, access relevant industry data from state and federal government agencies and key industry sources.
  • Contribute to the provision of informed economic advice and information to internal stakeholders to facilitate the appropriate interpretation and implementation of policy options and support DPI policy initiatives.
  • Assess the economic, social and environmental impacts to NSW from DPI and broader government policies and programs by applying a wide variety of established methodologies, including market and non-market valuation approaches, evaluation and triple-bottom line assessment.
  • Prepare clear written economic assessments, written reports, publications, briefs and correspondence; that are informative and aligned with DPI requirements, to respond to Department of Regional NSW and/or Government requests.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders, seeking their advice and contribution to assist in identifying and shaping economic solutions and to inform policy decision making.

Essential requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in economics, resource economics, social and economic assessment, and/or equivalent experience.

All Department of Regional NSW employees are required:

  • To be fully vaccinated of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine or
  • An approved ongoing medical contraindication.

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption prior to securing a role.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter outlining your suitability for this position.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Santhi Wicks at santhi.wicks@dpi.nsw.gov.au. View the role description

Applications close on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 11:55pm

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)? 

Exciting career pathways and opportunities 

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW Government. 

Wellbeing

Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people. 

Our people

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including - public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of Regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Inclusion and Flexible Working

We strive to reflect the community we serve and encourage our people to explore new ways of working across Regional NSW. We are open to arrangements that help individuals balance their work and life commitments. We embrace difference and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

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