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      Alternative Title:
        Policy Adviser

      Develops and analyses policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial operations and programs.

      Skill Level: 1


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    Average Income:
    The average salary for a Policy Analyst is $ 101,470 for male employees and $ 88,008 for female employees per year.
    Average Age: Males: 43.8 Females: 40.7 Persons: 42.1
    [See: www.abs.gov.au 2244 Intelligence and policy analysts - Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016]

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    Policy Analyst job description, duties and education requirements


      INTELLIGENCE AND POLICY ANALYSTS collect and analyse information and data to produce intelligence and to develop and analyse policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government and commercial operations and programs.

      Indicative Skill Level:

      In Australia and New Zealand:

        Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

      Tasks Include:
      • determining organisational and client intelligence requirements
      • organising, collecting, collating and analysing data, and developing intelligence information such as electronic surveillance
      • compiling and disseminating intelligence information using briefings, maps, charts, reports and other methods
      • ascertaining the accuracy of data collected and reliability of sources
      • conducting threat and risk assessments and developing responses
      • liaising and consulting with program administrators and other interested parties to identify policy needs
      • reviewing existing policies and legislation to identify anomalies and out-of-date provisions
      • researching social, economic and industrial trends, and client expectations of programs and services provided
      • formulating and analysing policy options, preparing briefing papers and recommendations for policy changes, and advising on preferred options
      • assessing impacts, financial implications, interactions with other programs and political and administrative feasibility of policies


      Sources: www.abs.gov.au and DIBP

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