First listed on: 28 April 2022

Senior Adviser - Ministerial Liaison


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Coordinate CSIROs participation in parliamentary inquiry processes
  • Lead and assist in the preparation of ministerial briefs and correspondence
  • Draw on your awareness of current Government, parliamentary and public policy issues

CSIRO are seeking a public sector professional for an indefinite role within our Ministerial Liaison team. The Senior Advisor - Ministerial Liaison is responsible primarily for coordinating CSIRO’s participation in parliamentary inquiry processes. As part of a team providing a range of services that support CSIRO’s day to day interactions with the Minister, the role will lead on or assist with the preparation of ministerial briefs, ministerial correspondence, and other government activities that arise within a statutory authority.

This is a busy role with a need to manage and prioritise multiple tasks with varying levels of complexity and urgency to maintain CSIRO’s reputation for delivering high-quality support to its Minister.  Work is often delivered under pressure, especially when parliament is sitting and a track record of being able to deliver on priorities under pressure is essential.

Your duties will include:

  • Maintaining an awareness of current Government, parliamentary and public policy issues and developing and identifying those relevant to CSIRO and respond accordingly.
  • Leading the coordination of CSIRO’s participation in Parliamentary Inquiry processes, particularly ensuring that a one-CSIRO approach is taken to all such engagement activities.
  • Preparing high quality, accurate and timely written briefs that summarise CSIRO’s research and operational activities and their impact.
  • Utilising expertise, developing strong trusted advisor relationships with client contacts and other stakeholders to deliver priorities within tight timeframes.
  • Providing day to day analysis of media, escalating issues/concerns and developing an appropriate response where required.
  • Preparing high quality, accurate and timely written briefs that summarise CSIRO’s research and operational activities and their impact for government.
  • Contributing to the provision of timely advice on Ministerial matters to the Chief Executive and Executive Team
  • Contributing to the professional development and team performance through coaching, mentoring, feedback, influence and motivating individuals and the team.
  • Fostering an environment that encourages new ideas and provides support for the development of emerging skills and ideas.
  • Contributing to the ongoing enhancement of the team’s capability through a commitment to effective knowledge transfer where there is a high level of cooperation with and between the teams.
  • Flexible, adaptive and responsive approach in delivering activities across the team and the wider organisation.
  • Accepting full responsibility for decisions - overcoming problems and setbacks in achieving team and individual goals.
  • Promoting a strong safety culture through active management of HSE performance.

Location: Canberra
Salary: AU$102k - AU$111k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 83731

To be considered you will need:

  • A history of demonstrated professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.
  • The role requires the ability to hold and maintain an Australian Government Security clearance.
  • Strong comprehensive, written and oral communication skills combined with high level analytical capability and the ability to develop a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and representational skills and the demonstrated ability to build trust and respect with internal and external stakeholders as well as the ability to work across organisational boundaries and integrate information into an Enterprise approach.
  • High level analytical and investigative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team operating in a dynamic environment that may require occasional long and/or irregular hours and the ability to deliver work under pressure and manage and prioritise multiple tasks work to tight deadlines with a track record of delivery of outcomes.
  • A high degree of judgement and discretion.
  • Demonstration conceptual and practical knowledge of the operation of Government and Parliament.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

19 May 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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