Program Support Officer - Legal, Policy, Writing

Posted 08 July 2024
Salary$70 - $90 per hour, Benefits: + superannuation
Job type Temporary
DisciplineGovernment FederalPolicy Analyst/Advisor

Job description

Program Support Officer – Writing Guidelines & Instructional Materials
  • Start by the 1st of August  
  • 12-week labour hire assignment
  • $70 to $90 per hour + superannuation
  • Weekly pay
About the role 
As the Program Support Officer, you will be tasked with writing The Departmental Charging Guidelines (CGs). The CGs are provided by the department to industry to assist in understanding how cost recovery fees and charges are applied for biosecurity and export regulatory activities. The CGs are also used widely within the department by staff to explain to industry how charges are applied or to give estimates on how much a particular regulatory service may cost.
About you
You will be experienced in policy development and have excellent writing and communication skills.  A background in legislative interpretation or a law degree would be highly desirable.
You will complete the following tasks:
  • Review the advice provided by legal team (LEX31168) and meet with the legal team as needed to understand the specific issues that present as legal risks to the department.
  • Redevelop the charging guidelines based on advice and discussions from the legal team and external sources.
  • Further to 2, develop material for 3 streams of cost recovery activity with suitability for external and internal stakeholders.
    • agricultural exports.
    • biosecurity.
    • imported foods.
  • Material needs to be aligned with legislation and be written in such a way as to promote capability within readers to be able to research and find answers to charging questions themselves, including by:
    • outlining the lawful distinction between a fee for service and a charge, how to determine whether something gives rise to a fee for service or a charge, and how charges and fees are provided for under the department’s portfolio legislation; and
    • guiding departmental officers through the portfolio legislation dealing with charges/fees to assist with determining whether a specific matter can be lawfully charged for, and the specific quantum that can be charged.
  • Assess current operational officer training material related to charging and work with learning areas in the Ag Trade and Biosecurity and Compliance Groups to enhance this material, ensure reference to and compliance with charging legislation, and reduce reliance on the charging guidelines.
  • Assist learning areas in the Ag Trade and Biosecurity and Compliance Groups with their training material so that it promotes capability building and understanding of charging for regulatory activities.
  • Develop other supporting materials as determined through the project.
Expected outcomes:
  • Revised charging guidelines for internal and external stakeholders that promote lawful cost recovery processes and mitigate legal risks inherent in providing guidance on charging for cost recovery regulatory activities.
  • Charging guidelines are linked with and promote compliance charging legislation.
  • Training material supports compliance with charging legislation.
  • Training material supports capability in understanding how to charge for regulatory activities.
  • Any other supporting material as agreed during the project.
To be considered for this contracting opportunity, you must:
  • Be an Australian Citizen.
  • Applications close Wednesday 17th of July.
  • 12 week contracting opportunity
  • City location surrounded by fantastic amenities
  • Opportunity to contribute to a once in a decade systems reform project
How to apply 
If this role is of interest to you and you would like to know more then please don’t hesitate to contact Bill O’Rourke on 02 6162 7319 or via

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