First listed on: 07 September 2020

Senior Data Officer, Data Linkage, Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies | The Data Linkage and Integration Authority

APS Level 5-6

Are you keen to see your passion for data integrity and its contribution to quality research make a social impact? This role is for you if you want to:

  • Put your data skills to work at the cutting edge of data linkage and integration.
  • Contribute to the use and enhancement of nationally significant administrative and survey datasets.
  • Make a positive difference to the lives of children, families and communities.

The Senior Data Officer position will focus on Data Linkage to support the team in data linkage, data management, and analytical activities of the Institute. This position will support data linkage operations and data custodians to efficiently undertake data integration; to provide researchers secure access to linked data; and to assist with the end-to-end data management process.

About us

We are the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian Government’s key independent research body and advisor in the area of family wellbeing, based in the Melbourne CBD. We produce research about ‘what works for families’ and make it accessible to decision makers, practitioners and the general public.

Our team

The Data Management and Linkage team works across both Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (LLS) and the Data Linkage and Integration Authority (DLIA). The team manages all aspects of the data life cycle, adhering to industry best practice. Team members provide expertise in data governance, data management, data linkage and data analytics for the Institute. Team members also provide expertise in data linkage activities for statistical and research purposes, supporting a diverse range of internal and external clients.

To be successful

The role requires someone with:

  • Experience in data integration/linkage, and in performing data linkages on large-scale datasets.
  • Experience in data management, and in data preparation and cleaning.
  • Proven experience with data linkage and/or software and a working knowledge of statistical packages such as SAS or STATA.
  • Experience in producing high quality written material such as technical reports with the ability to write in a style and format easily understood by policy makers, researchers and other relevant stakeholders.
  • An eye for detail and a flexible approach to meeting the demands of a fast-paced environment who works well in a team.


We will offer the Senior Data Officer position on a non-ongoing basis for an initial term of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension to a maximum term of three years, on a full-time basis. The position is at APS Level 5-6 with a salary range of $72,070 to $88,827 per annum.

Working at AIFS

We provide a family-friendly and flexible workplace that supports the wellbeing and professional development of our diverse workforce. Benefits include:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Workplace health and wellbeing activities such as yoga, mindfulness, wellbeing sessions, flu vaccinations and a health promotion allowance
  • Free and confidential counselling service for employees and dependents
  • 15.4% employer contribution to superannuation
  • Discounted annual Myki card
  • Christmas closedown period with no deduction from leave credits

Our salaries and conditions of employment are set out in our Enterprise Agreement.

How to apply for this job

For how to apply and to download a Position Description:

Applications close at 5:00pm, Monday 28 September 2020

Email your AIFS Application form, CV and covering letter to

For further information, contact Human Resources on (03) 9214 7888.

We welcome diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people of all ages and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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