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Research Economists

  • APS Level 5
  • Canberra / Melbourne
  • Salary range: $71,535 - $83,127
  • Ongoing/Non-ongoing
  • Applications close by 11:59pm Sunday 24 February 2019

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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

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

About the position

We are seeking skilled and motivated research economists in our Canberra and Melbourne offices. These positions offer the opportunity to undertake in-depth economic analysis, work on major public inquiries and provide policy advice. The work is wide-ranging with topic areas that vary from year to year, including analysis of market operation and competition, productivity, social issues and the environment, regulation, economic infrastructure, resources, and trade.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a range of capabilities including a well-developed understanding of economic principles, the ability to undertake applied research and analysis, very good communication and organisational skills, the ability to work effectively as part of a team and engage with stakeholders in industry, academia, government and the community more generally, and have academic qualifications in economics.


Employees of the Productivity Commission are required to be Australian citizens.

Educational qualifications and specialist expertise

Academic qualifications in economics are required. Additional qualifications in areas such as law and science are desirable, as is experience in applying economic frameworks to policy analysis or relevant quantitative skills (such as economic modelling and statistics).

Contact officer

For further information about the position contact Jane Melanie on 02 6240 3380.

Closing date

Applications close at 11:59pm Sunday 24 February 2019 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

All applicants will be notified of the outcome on completion of the selection process.


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. For more information, please read the Commission’s privacy statement

Lodging your application

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

  • Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A covering letter and concise statement (up to 800 words) which clearly explains how, with reference to the duties and selection criteria (downloadable from above), your skills, experience and qualifications meet the requirements of the role for which you are applying.

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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 at 11:59pm Sunday 24 February 2019.

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