Position advertised: 7 February 2019

Summary of Position:


Universities Australia is the peak body representing Australia’s 39 comprehensive
universities. It seeks to secure a strong, vibrant and internationally competitive university
system that underpins Australia’s social and economic prosperity.

The Policy Analyst, Research and Innovation is responsible for undertaking policy and
advocacy work related to promoting and strengthening Australia’s university research
capability, under the direction of the Policy Director, Research and Innovation.

Key responsibilities include: preparation of submissions and reports, provision of
secretariat support for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Committee and
representing UA on reference groups as required.

A competitive salary package is available for the successful candidate. This position is a
full-time, ongoing role, based in Canberra.



Immediate Supervisor:

Policy Director - Research and Innovation



Formal Qualifications:

Tertiary qualifications and relevant professional experience and significant experience
in program administration and project management.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Identify and develop policy issues relating to Australian university research and innovation.
  • Identify, collect and disseminate literature and key knowledge sources relevant to research and innovation.
  • Prepare submissions and policy papers.
  • Prepare papers and advice for the Executive, Board and membership.
  • Liaise with university and government stakeholders and represent Universities Australia on external groups.
  • Provide administrative and secretariat support to the Policy Director, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research committee and ad-hoc working groups

Skills and experience
  • Substantial experience in research, analysis, development and preparation of policy advice in an applied public policy environment.
  • Demonstrated highly developed writing skills for a variety of audiences.
  • High-level communication skills including ability to work effectively with a range of people and organisations.
  • Ability to work in small team, to organise work to meet deadlines, to work under pressure and to carry out a range of tasks quickly and with minimum supervision.
  • Understanding of the higher education sector and the research system in Australia.

Contact Officer


Liz Eedle


Policy Director - Research and Innovation




02 6285 8108

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide a cover letter detailing their suitability for the position and current CV.

To apply for the position of Policy Analyst - Research and Innovation, please email your application to employment@universitiesaustralia.edu.au quoting the job title in the subject line of your email.

Your application will only be considered if all of the documents (doc or pdf) are individually attached to the email.

Applications close Monday 4 March 2019.