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Vacancy Details - Parliament of Western Australia

Position Title:Principal Research Officer
Level and Salary:Level 7, $119,725 to $128,033 per annum + superannuation
Department:Legislative Assembly
Section:Committees Office
Employment Type:Permanent, Full Time
Primary Responsibilities and Additional Information:Applications are sought for a Principal Research Officer with the Legislative Assembly Committee Office. We are looking for 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 Children’s Commissioner. Relevant tertiary qualifications are necessary.

A Principal Research Officer is a committee’s principal adviser, organiser, analyst and writer, and manages a 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.

The position involves daily exposure to the Parliament and its scrutiny and political processes, frequent contact with parliamentarians, 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.

Staff of the Legislative Assembly must be entirely apolitical and discreet as they deal with sensitive and confidential information in a political environment. Meeting the needs of the Parliament is paramount, requiring committed and flexible staff so deadlines can be met. The Legislative Assembly offers generous employment conditions and a range of benefits such as access to free parking and gymnasium.
Details:A job description and application form can be downloaded from or by emailing or contacting Sally Morgillo, Human Resources Officer, on (08) 9222 7877.

Applications marked “Confidential – Principal Research Officer” must include an application for employment form, a copy of your resume and a brief statement addressing the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages) and be emailed to or posted to the Human Resources Manager, Parliament House, Perth WA 6000 by 4.00pm, Tuesday 15 June 2021.
Contact for Further Information:For further job-related information contact Liz Kerr, Clerk Assistant, on (08) 9222 7398 or
Closing Date and Time:Tuesday 15 June 2021, 4pm
(Applications received after the Closing Date will NOT be accepted)
Comments: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.
Job Description Form:
(including Selection Criteria)
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