Policy Officer, Customs & Trade Policy

Job Req ID

ABF - 132708






APS Level 6 - $90,199.00 and $103,770.00 plus 15.4% super (part time pro-rata)


Employment Type

Ongoing (Permanent), Full-time / Part-time 


Flexible work

Flexible arrangements considered 


Contact Officer

Terrie-Louise Scott on (02) 6264 3975 or Terrie-Louise.scott@abf.gov.au 


Applications close on 23/07/2024 at 11:59pm AEST (midnight) - Late applications will not be accepted.


About our opportunity


This process is being used to fill up to 4 immediate vacancies. A merit pool may be established and used to fill similar vacancies for up to 18 months. 


About our team


Strategy & Capability | Strategy & Policy | Customs & Trade Policy


The Branch is responsible for providing Customs related policy advice and legislation reform that supports Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at the border, industry and other government agencies who are implementing whole of government priorities.


Please visit our website for more information about the Department of Home Affairs or Australian Border Force


Our ideal candidate


We are looking for team players with excellent communication and problem-solving skills. Our ideal candidate is committed to working collaboratively to solve problems, including with industry stakeholders, international counterparts and partner agencies. Our ideal candidate can think innovatively, while developing reforms that will genuinely benefit the ABF and Australia more broadly. Candidates with experience in customs and trade, legal, economics, data or intelligence, who can use this background to guide their policy analysis, will be highly regarded.


Duties and responsibilities


  • Undertake research and analysis of complex issues related to trade and customs to identify and resolve issues
  • Work as part of a team to develop and implement legislation to give effect to Australia's international trade and customs obligations
  • Support projects to resolve trade and customs issues including assisting to facilitate input from stakeholders, managing timeframes, and, delivering against agreed outputs
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences and stakeholders
  • Effectively manage competing priorities while operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.


How to apply


Submit your application and CV through the Home Affairs’ recruitment system (ourPeople) before the closing date on 23/07/2024 at 11:59pm (midnight) AEST  – Late applications will not be accepted.


As part of your application you will be required to prepare and submit a one-page applicant response document in relation to the advertised role, outlining:


  • How your skills, knowledge, and experience will be relevant to this role
  • Any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role


Applicant response documents must be a minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format, include your full name and the Requisition Number – 132708 in the document footer.


Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level standards relevant to the classification you are applying to. It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership Systems information relevant to the classification.




To be eligible for the position you must be an Australian Citizen.


The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (AGSVA) security clearance and an Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC).


Diversity and inclusion


The Department is committed to workforce diversity and applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged to apply.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability


Technical assistance


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The Department of Home Affairs offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.


The Department may provide relocation assistance to eligible APS employees required to relocate. The level of assistance will vary depending on the reason for relocating and your personal circumstances. For further information please enquire with the contact officer listed in the advertisement.


Information about employment and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers


Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation proof of vaccination will be required. If a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable time period, they may not be offered that role.