Passionate about public policy? Keen on deep analysis of Australia’s major economic and social issues?
Join our 2024 graduate program
Continue to be challenged after your studies and join the team in helping to improve Australia's economic and social wellbeing. Applications for our 2024 intake close on Monday 10 April 2023.
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20 daysannual leave
18 dayspersonal leave
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About the Productivity Commission
Transcript of about us
The Productivity Commission is an independent research and advisory agency for the Australian Government.
While the government largely determines our work program, our findings and recommendations are independent and based on our own analysis and judgment.
Not only do we look at economic issues, but social and environmental issues too.
Our research and policy advice can help governments improve or create better policies to benefit all Australians.
Our main role is to conduct public inquiries and studies into current issues.
For example our inquiry into disability support was used in creating the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Our projects provide opportunities for different points of view to be heard and considered.
Participation in our inquiries or Commissioned studies is encouraged and gives you the opportunity to have a say in Australia’s public policy formation.
You can participate by making a submission to us, it’s open to all. Submissions can be a short email or letter outlining your views or a much more substantial document.
Providing evidence such as documentation, data or research to support your viewpoint is always useful.
Often after we release a draft report, we hold hearings that are open to the public.
Anyone can participate whether it be elaborating on their submission or simply providing relevant information to the Commissioners.
Whether you want to speak at a hearing or just observe, you will be able to book a spot via our website.
The Commission also undertakes additional research. Some of this research supports our inquiries as well as helping outline future directions for reform.
You can find out more about us and our current projects by heading to our website, pc.gov.au
Invitation to apply from the Chair
Transcript of invitation
If you share a passion for good evidence-based public policy, then it could be that the Productivity Commission is the place for you.
We love to bring in a new group of graduates every year, with fresh energy and new ideas different perspectives, and here at the Commission we do work that's rigorous and independent but also influential.
We've been in the last 20 years at the forefront of the big economic policy debates of the day but also increasingly on the complex social policy issues like our report on mental health, our report on criminal justice, or the consumer right to repair.
The great thing about working at the Commission is you get to make a contribution from day one.
You're working alongside senior staff and Commissioners and you really get the time and the space to think hard about the issues, to sift through the evidence and to listen to the broad range of community views so we put forward well-researched thorough findings and recommendations for government, that we think will really make a difference.
So it's a serious business but we do have a lot of fun it's a friendly and welcoming environment, it's a good work-life balance.
We have positions both in Canberra and in Melbourne and we look for people who bring a strong intellect but also a curiosity about the world around them and a passion for good policy outcomes.
So if that sounds like you, we would love to hear from you, and have an application for our graduate program.