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Vacancy Details - Parliament of Western Australia

Position Title:Principal Research Officer
Level and Salary:Level 7 ($128,077 to $136,891 per annum + superannuation)
Department:Legislative Assembly
Section:Committees Office
Employment Type:Permanent, Full Time
Primary Responsibilities and Additional Information:We are looking for a number of suitably qualified people to work primarily for parliamentary standing Committees. The Committees cover diverse portfolios such as public accounts, economics and industry, community development and justice, education and health, and oversee the role of the Corruption and Crime Commission and the Commissioner for Children and Young People. Relevant tertiary qualifications are necessary.

A Principal Research Officer is a Committee’s principal adviser, organiser, analyst and writer, and typically manages one Research Officer. The Principal Research Officer acts as secretary to the Committee by preparing and overseeing papers for Committee meetings, including minute-taking and general Committee administration. Some work outside of normal hours may be required, as will travel with the Committee from time to time.
Details:About the job
The position involves daily exposure to the Parliament and its scrutiny and political processes, frequent contact with parliamentarians on the Committee, access to the views and opinions of expert specialist witnesses, a high degree of autonomy and independence in managing the work of the Committee’s staff, and the opportunity to draft Committee reports for eventual publication.

The Legislative Assembly offers generous employment conditions and a range of benefits such as access to free parking and gymnasium, and a subsidised staff canteen.

The attached job description form contains more information about the role.

How to apply
If you’re interested in applying, please send us:
A completed application for employment form.
A response (in no more than three pages) addressing the selection criteria, as set out in the job description form.
An up-to-date CV (no more than four pages) that clearly outlines your skills and experience as relevant to this position.

Applications must be emailed to by 4.00pm on Friday 19 July 2024.
A job description and application form can be downloaded below.

The Parliament of Western Australia values diversity and champions the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. We are committed to attracting and retaining a workforce that reflects our community, and to making Parliament an inclusive and supportive workplace, free of discrimination.

We encourage all suitable people of any age, sex, gender, family status or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply, including First Nations people, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with any form of disability.

Please note:
You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa, to apply for this role.
Contact for Further Information:For further job-related information please contact Dr Isla Macphail, Clerk Assistant (Committees), on (08) 9222 7398 or email
Closing Date and Time:Friday 19 July 2024, 4.00 pm
(Applications received after the Closing Date will NOT be accepted)
Comments:While this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other similar vacancies for the next 6 months.
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