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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10756089
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Job Title: Behavioural Designer
Division: Policy Innovation and Projects
Branch: Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government
Section: Behavioural Design Team
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time, Part-time, Casual
Salary: $75,626 - $94,000
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: APS Level 5, APS Level 6
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 2019/202

Job Description


The Opportunity

We are looking for motivated and high performing behavioural designers to join our team. A passion for understanding human behaviour and putting it at the heart of government policies and services is essential. We are the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government, or BETA for short. We are one of a growing number of teams around the world applying cutting edge research from psychology and behavioural economics to deliver better public services.

We take the time to understand how people make decisions; diagnose barriers to behavioural change; develop innovative ideas for solving problems; and test what works best in the real world. Since 2016, we have delivered more than 30 major projects on issues covering heath, education, financial decision-making, energy, cyber security and much more. We know that diverse teams produce the best and most creative work. The successful candidate will join a diverse team of psychologists, economists, data analysts, policy practitioners and design experts. We value different skills and new ideas. We value each other, we value and celebrate our successes and we value learning together.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is passionate about our mission and committed to working as part of a team that is driving innovation and improving the lives of Australians. Your colleagues would describe you as being an inclusive, constructive and valued team-player. You will enjoy applying your deep expertise to understanding human behaviour and designing practical solutions to help Australians put their good intentions into action.

To thrive in this role you will need:
• Great people skills and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively;
• A solid foundation in psychology, behavioural economics or a related discipline, and a passion for applying this to a diverse range of real-life public policy problems;
• Excellent project management skills and a commitment to delivering high quality work;
• Strong communication skills, with the ability to speak and write in a clear and compelling manner, as well as listen, learn and reflect.

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 work flexibly in our Canberra-based offices in spaces that have been designed to accommodate a range of working styles. This type of working supports increased communication and collaboration, and encourages agility and innovation. PM&C staff have the flexibility to make use of activity-based working principles, allowing them to choose where and how they work in an open space, while using integrated technological solutions.


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 Baseline level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.



Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

This recruitment process may be used to fill both ongoing and non-ongoing positions.

This non-ongoing position will be offered for a specified term of 12 months, with the possibility of extension

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: Jacqui Brewer, (02) 6271 5546
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 PS31-Tue - 30 Jul 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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