Roles and responsibilities
- review existing policies and legislation to identify anomalies and out-of-date provisions
- research social, economic and industrial trends and client expectations of programs and services
- provide, develop and analyse policy options, and advise on preferred options
- assess the financial implications and fairness of policies
- liaise and consult with program administrators and other interested parties to identify policy needs
- prepare briefing papers and recommendations for policy changes
- prepare and maintain policy and procedure manuals
- advise managers or politicians on lobbying activities
If you are after a career as a policy analyst, you should consider federal and state government departments and organisations, as well as trade unions, political parties, universities, non-profit organisations and private sector organisations who provide consultancy services to government or lobby the government on policy issues.
Job prospects are good for policy analysts. However, most opportunities are in the capital cities, especially Canberra. Policy analysts may also find work as journalists, political technical officers or research assistants.
Coursework courses to pursue this careerPostgraduate study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
Relevant postgraduate courses include: