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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10746213
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Friday, 22 March 2019
Job Title: Managing Director, Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA)
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 2019/086

Job Description


The Opportunity

We are the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government, or BETA for short. Our mission is to build behavioural economics capability across the Australian Public Service and drive its use in policy design by testing what works, where, and in what context. BETA’s work incorporates analysis of data on behaviour, development of behavioural intervention design options, and rigorous testing of new approaches using evaluation tools, including randomised control trials. BETA projects fall across a range of policy areas, including society and wellbeing; economy and industry; education and employment; infrastructure and resources; and aid and security. We know diverse teams produce the best and most creative work. The successful candidate will lead a diverse team of economists, psychologists, researchers, policy practitioners and communications, human resource, and design experts.

We value different skills and new ideas and we value learning together.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a skilled SES officer to fill the role of Managing Director. Agile, engaged, inquisitive, resourceful and highly effective, you will be comfortable providing both strategic direction and day-to-day leadership of the BETA team.

Outcome focussed, with excellent stakeholder engagement skills and strategic nous, you must be highly regarded for your strong leadership and clear direction setting skills. You will have a proven record of accomplishment delivering outcomes on time and on budget in a fluid environment. A passion for understanding human behaviour and improving the lives of Australians through improved policy outcomes is essential. You will be hard working, highly motivated and passionate about applying research and evidence to policy and program development. You will be pragmatic, with an understanding of how to lead policy and research projects effectively in a government context.

You will be responsible for managing a team of up to 40 staff, (including staff seconded from other agencies) to ensure the delivery of a large number of behavioural economics projects simultaneously under tight timeframes. Providing strategic leadership and support to behavioural science and trial design experts you will also develop the capability of BETA to design, develop and deliver a range of projects.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about our mission and committed to leading and driving innovation in public policy and service delivery design.

The occupant of this position is considered an Officer under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and is required to exercise due diligence in complying with their obligations under this Act.

What We Offer

• A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.
• Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development and networking opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.
• The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.
• We focus on working smarter, through the rollout of ‘Working Your Way’ across our National Offices. Our environment, technology and culture is centred on an activity-based workplace, which supports more flexible, agile and collaborative ways of working.



To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.

The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a NV1 level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.



RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

To Apply

Position Contact: Tanja Cvijanovic, (02) 6271 5600
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS11-Fri - 08 Mar 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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