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Assistant Research Economist (Graduate Economist)

  • APS4
  • Melbourne - Canberra
  • Salary $66,000 plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Ongoing
  • Applications close: 8 April 2018

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About the Commission

The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on a broad range of economic, social and environmental policy issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

Conditions of employment are set out in the Productivity Commission's Enterprise Agreement.

About the position

We have openings in both our Canberra and Melbourne offices for high calibre economics graduates who are interested in working on a range of challenging public policy issues affecting the welfare of Australians.

Successful applicants will demonstrate an awareness of Australian economic conditions and economic policy and a range of capabilities including applied economic research and analysis, analytical and investigative skills, good communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

The Commission offers excellent development opportunities. As well as a comprehensive graduate program, our graduates work with some of the best and most experienced policy analysts in the country and have access to both on-the-job and formal training throughout their career.


Applicants are required to be Australian citizens to be eligible for employment with the Commission.

Educational qualifications and specialist expertise

Academic qualifications in economics are required - either at an honours level (or higher) or as part of a double or combined degree. Qualifications must be completed by January 2019.

Contact officer

For further information about the position contact either:

Phil Harslett
Ph: 03 9653 2168


Catie Bradbear
Ph: 02 6240 3320

Closing Date

Applications close on 8 April 2018 and should be submitted via the application form below.



Our assessment processes are designed to ensure the right people are in the right roles. In doing so, our decisions are based on Merit.

Workplace diversity

The Productivity Commission recognises the positive contribution that a diverse workforce can make to organisational effectiveness and is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply, including Indigenous Australians and people with a disability.

Overview of the selection process:

  • Receipt and initial assessment of applications
  • Shortlisting - on the basis of written application
  • Interview - shortlisted applicants will usually be invited to attend interview
  • Referees may be contacted for further assessment of suitability
  • A merit list of suitable candidates will be established

It is anticipated that offers to successful candidates will be made from June/July, and may be made up until November 2018.


We will use your email address for any general communication. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by phone.


Applicant’s personal information will only be used for the purposes for which it was collected. Please read the Commission’s privacy statement for more information.

Lodging your application

Please submit your application online by completing the application form below and attaching:

  • A concise statement (up to 2 pages) which explains how your qualifications and skills are suitable for the position, as referenced in the 'Duties and Selection Criteria' document.
  • Your resume, covering letter and academic transcripts

Please enter information in the required fields * and attach all relevant documentation below.

If you have any queries about the form, please contact our recruitment team by email: or call us on (03) 9653 2362.

A reminder that applications close on 8 April 2018.

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