Principal Policy Officer

Department of Mines, Industry, Regulations and Safety

Location: East Perth

Job Type: Full time


Permanent Appointment

Are you enthusiastic in developing strategic policy and ready to drive changes by sharing your expertise?

If yes, please read on…

About the role

As the Principal Policy Officer, you will contribute and lead the design, development and coordination of strategic economic development research and policy initiatives across the Department.

You will be responsible for providing input and information on resources policy development activities to a range of stakeholders across Government, industry and the community, including representing the Department in external forums. Additionally, you will conduct research, analysis and evaluations on economic and regulatory policy impacts and manage special projects and assignments when required.

We are currently looking for a dynamic individual who has extensive knowledge and experience in the development of economic policies and processes, preferably in the resources sector. Your ability to set strategic directions and negotiate and influence others to gain support for policies and strategic initiatives will also be essential for your success in this role.

About us

Within the Resource and Environmental Regulation Group the Geological Survey and Resource Strategy Division (GSRSD) is responsible for the facilitation of investment through the provision of geoscience data and products and for setting strategic resource policy. The division manages the Abandoned Mines Team and the Exploration Incentive Scheme including the co-funded drilling program. The division also provides information and products to support the approval of mining tenements and petroleum titles and other related legislative compliance processes.

To learn more about the Department and what we have to offer, please visit our website, and to keep up to date on activities, you can follow us on LinkedIn.

Where will you work?

This position is located in East Perth, accessible by public transport and reasonably priced City of Perth parking options nearby.

Need further information?

To learn more about the role, please refer to the Job Description Form (JDF) attached. If you have any questions about the role itself to help tailor your application, please contact Richard Borozdin, General Manager on (08) 9222 3511.

Other benefits

We offer a range of benefits to our employees, creating a supportive, diverse, and innovative work environment, including:

  • Great work/life balance with 37.5 hour working week as a standard and flexible working hours for most roles.
  • Leave options including purchase leave, deferred leave and long service leave after 7 years.
  • Flexibility to work at home, in the field and in the office for most roles.
  • Stable work, job security, fair remuneration, 11% superannuation contributions to a provider of your choice and salary packaging options.
  • The ability to give back to your community and make a difference.
  • A collaborative environment with the ability to gain insight from subject matter experts in your field.
  • Opportunities for professional development, acting, shadowing and mentoring.
  • Support to grow your skills with a wide range of formal training options.
  • Build a healthy lifestyle with our award-winning Health and Wellbeing program.
  • Supportive work environment including an Employee Assistance Program to assist you deal with life’s challenges.

How to apply

To apply for this position, click ‘Apply for Job’ at the bottom of this page and complete the online application form.

In your application, please provide a detailed resume outlining your work history, education and professional development and covering letter of no more than two (2) pages, addressing the following points:

  • Strategic leadership and demonstrated ability to think strategically to set directions, develop innovative solutions, negotiate and influence others to gain support for policies and strategic initiatives.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the development of economic policies and processes, preferably in the resources sector.
  • Approaches negotiations with a strong grasp of the key issues, presents messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner using appropriate, unambiguous language.

We encourage you to carefully consider these points and tailor your covering letter to address them effectively. This will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your qualifications, skills, and suitability for the position.

Need some help with how to apply?

If you need assistance with the application process, please refer to the below videos covering various aspects, including public sector recruitment, resume writing, cover letters, and polishing your application.

We have also attached an Applicant Information Pack for your reference. If you have any questions about employment conditions or the application process, please contact Jacqueline Gao, Human Resource Officer on (08) 9222 3632 or email

All requirements, capabilities and pre-employment checks listed on the attached JDF will be assessed as part of the selection process.

Supporting a diverse workforce

The department is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve and inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected and connected. Our workforce's diversity is our strength; it enhances our ability to be forward-thinking and responsive in the services we deliver to the Western Australian community. Learn more about our Diversity and Inclusion Awards, celebrating individuals and teams who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

Suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and youth may be given priority consideration over non diversity group applicants to achieve public sector outcomes. Reasonable adjustments will be provided to candidates with disabilities during our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

While this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other "similar" vacancies (permanent, fixed-term, full-time or part-time) within the department for the next twelve (12) months.

CLOSING DATE: 4.00 pm on Tuesday, 3 October 2023 (WST)

Your application submission must be complete by the closing time; applications that are in progress or submitted after this time will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted on time.

We look forward to receiving your application and considering you for this exciting opportunity to join our team.

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