Department of Regional NSW
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Senior Policy and Evaluation Officer

Senior Policy and Evaluation Officer

  • 497099
  • Governance
  • Policy
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Temporary full-time role (to 30 June 2023)
  • Located in Orange NSW
  • Attractive salary from $113,343 to $124,901 pa + super
  • Excellent opportunity to make a difference to rural communities in NSW

Our Department 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 the Role

This senior role is located in the small and high performing Risk, Policy and Governance team. The role is critically essential to the day-to-day operation of the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) by providing policy support, including developing guidelines for programs of assistance, and undertaking program evaluations.

The role is also a key position in the delivery of strategic improvement projects to develop and review policy, program evaluation and the RAAs legislative and governance framework.

You’ll be required to provide strategic policy and legislative advice and undertake complex research and analysis in collaboration with other business units and external stakeholders.


About you

To be successful in this role you will be an excellent communicator and collaborator and have a broad understanding of primary industry issues, particularly agribusiness and rural finance, and the relevant policy and legislative framework.

You will also have the ability to understand and interpret a wide variety of legislation and have expertise in program evaluation and policy development, implementation and review.


About us

The Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) was formed in April 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. At the Department, we are focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable New South Wales with thriving natural environments and strong primary industries. We are the stewards of our state’s physical and environmental assets - both natural and built - and we work hard every day to ensure New South Wales continues to flourish.


Why work for Department of Regional NSW?

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.


Applying for the role

If this sounds like the perfect job for you, simply submit a cover letter and current resume outlining your experience and capabilities relevant to the role.

If you would like to hear more about this role please contact Tim Gippel at

For the full role description, please click here.


Applications close on Sunday 6th February 2022 at 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 12 months.


All Department of Regional NSW employees are required:

· to be fully vaccinated of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine by 30 January 2022 or

· have an approved 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.

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