Senior Policy Officer (AO6) Strategic Policy and Legislation

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Location: Kedron

Job Type: Contract/temp


The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

One QFES. Many Services, Many Capabilities, Many Partners


Temporary Flexible Part-time - 2 days per week

Tenure Period:

Until 30 June 2023

Possibility of Extension:





$1,624.84 - $1,735.08 per fortnight


Strategy & Corporate Services


Strategy & Assurance

Work Unit:

Strategic Policy & Legislation



Closing Date:

Midnight Monday 3 October 2022

Reference No:


Current QFES employees and volunteers must apply via their internal careers site

About us

As a department our purpose is to help the community to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the impact of fire and emergency events.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is the primary provider of fire, rescue and emergency management programs and services throughout Queensland. The department encompasses the Fire and Rescue Service, disaster management services, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, and also supports other volunteer groups providing emergency response to Queenslanders.

QFES is one department with many services, many capabilities and many partners.

Purpose of the role

Strategic Policy and Legislation develops and delivers strategic policy initiatives for QFES; supports the Cabinet process and provides advice on policy and legislative initiatives from across government and their impact on QFES; manages engagement in the State Budget; coordinates support for Queensland representatives on national emergency management forums; and provides assistance across the agency on government process and whole-of-government engagement in relation to strategic policy and legislative initiatives.

Reporting to the Principal Policy Officer you will be a key member of the team, contributing and providing advice and support on strategic policy and legislation issues including: undertaking research; liaising with stakeholders; drafting briefs, submissions and correspondence; and representing agency views in external forums to ensure the department’s policy views are represented accurately and meet organisational and operational requirements.

Key requirements

Highly desirable requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline and/or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience with demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.

Your key accountabilities

Your part in the ongoing success of our department, in supporting key frontline services will see you responsible for a variety of work, including, but not limited to:

  • Assist in the planning, development, implementation and overview of strategies, policies and legislation in accordance with agency requirements.
  • Contribute to identifying potential risks and issues and support the development of innovative strategies and solutions that meet quality business outcomes.
  • Provide advice to senior management in relation to issues effecting the department and provide options to ensure QFES meet its legislative obligation and requirements.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, overview and evaluation of strategic projects that contribute to the business outcomes of the department.
  • Undertake research and analysis of government policy and legislation, identify issues and/or providing recommendation for continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to assist with meeting organisational objectives and legislative requirements.
  • Represent the department on committees and working groups in the development of programs, projects and policies to ensure the department’s policy views are represented accurately.
  • Prepare and review reports, briefing notes, submissions, business cases and correspondence relating to policy and legislative issues and initiatives in accordance with department requirements.


To determine your suitability for the role, you will be assessed on the following Leadership Competencies for Queensland behavioural profiles that link to the “key accountabilities” for this role:

Leadership Competency Stream – Individual Contributor (leading self)


  • Leads strategically
  • Makes insightful decisions


  • Builds enduring relationships
  • Drives accountability and outcomes


  • Fosters healthy and inclusive workplaces
  • Demonstrates sound governance

Once you join us we will want you to exemplify the QFES shared values:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Loyalty
  • Trust

Want more information?

Please contact Carly Osborne, A/Director on phone 3635 3329 or email

You can also visit our website to find out more about our organisation.

How to apply

Please refer to the QFES Public Service Application Guide [All PS Classifications/Streams and Senior Officer] for information on how to apply for this role.

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