Department of Regional NSW
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Senior Economist - Farm Business Resilience Program

Senior Economist - Farm Business Resilience Program

  • 495095
  • Agriculture
  • Excellent opportunity to grow your existing financial reporting skills 
  • Located in Armidale, Other Regional locations negotiable (Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and Queanbeyan)
  • Temporary 12 Month Full time opportunity offering an attractive salary from $111,077 + super  


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 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 & 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.


What will you be doing:

This is an amazing opportunity where you will manage and coordinate the development and implementation of a range of economic research activities to contribute to the delivery of departmental policy and program initiatives of the new Farm Business Resilience Program


Working as the new Senior Economist – Farm Business Resilience Program you will:

  • Build a benchmarking program for specific sectors of primary industries in NSW, including design, delivery and reporting
  • Update existing financial tools and calculators for primary producers, identifying any gaps and build resources to fill gaps to meet business needs.
  • Oversee the program’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Plan working closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure operational requirements are met.
  • Research, analyse and review complex economic issues, identifying emerging economic and market opportunities and threats, developing evidence-based options, and recommended solutions to resolve problems and mitigate risks
  • Provide expert economic advice and information to relevant stakeholders to facilitate the appropriate interpretation and implementation of policy options and support departmental policy initiatives
  • Explore and creatively utilise a wide variety of established and new sources of data, investigating and evaluating new sources of business, economic, demographic and social intelligence, to determine data rigor, credibility and relevance to industry programs and initiatives
  • Lead a team of 3 staff


What you need to be successful 

  • Tertiary qualifications in economics, resource economics, social and economic assessment, and/or equivalent experience.
  • Strong understanding of economic statistics and their interpretation, macro and micro economics and appreciation of key issues affecting identified industries and business development
  • Experienced in utilising key economic data sources and networks from which information can be obtained


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. 



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. 


Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.

To find out more about this role, please  contact Alex Hicks on or click here to access the role description


Applications close on Wednesday 7 July, 2021


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. 

Closing date: Jul 07, 2021

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