Executive Director—Policy and Research

Infrastructure Australia is an independent statutory body with a mandate to prioritise and advise on nationally significant infrastructure providing independent research and high quality advice to all levels of government, as well as investors and owners of infrastructure, on Australia's requirements for nationally significant infrastructure.

Infrastructure Australia's Policy and Research function is responsible for developing Infrastructure Plans that specify priorities relating to nationally significant infrastructure for Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments.

The function is also charged with providing advice on Australia's current and future infrastructure needs and priorities, including:

  • Policy and governance reforms
  • Advocating improvements in infrastructure (and associated land use) planning
  • Promoting public awareness of these matters.

Infrastructure Australia develops rolling 15 year Australian Infrastructure Plans based on policy-related research and data analysis to prepare for future audits of Australia's infrastructure.

The successful candidate will support the CEO in both leading the organisation to execute its Corporate Plan and engaging to provide advice on a broad range of infrastructure matters to Ministers, Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, investors, owners of infrastructure and the Infrastructure Australia Board.

Within this objective, the position has three key areas of focus:

  1. Leading the Policy & Research function to undertake or commission research designed to inform Australia's infrastructure policy
  2. Overseeing the delivery of the Infrastructure Audit
  3. Supporting the day-to-day operation of Infrastructure Australia on the CEO's behalf as required

Key responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the CEO and Executive Leadership Team, contribute to the development of Infrastructure Australia's strategy and lead its translation into a functional strategy and operational plan for the Policy & Research function, ensuring alignment to Infrastructure Australia's commitments to the Board and other stakeholders including the Statement of Intent
  • Lead and direct a team of internal and external specialists to develop and deliver a program of rigorous, relevant and up to date research that meets the objectives of Infrastructure Australia's strategic plan and statutory obligations
  • Collaborate and consult with Commonwealth, State and Territory officials to enhance the availability of quality data (e.g. benchmarking, project evaluation data) to inform Infrastructure analysis in the future. This involves working with key stakeholders to identify significant data gaps and undertaking data collection initiatives to inform future infrastructure decision making
  • Deputise for the CEO as required. This may involve providing oversight and leadership to: a) Infrastructure Australia's external engagement activities with strategic stakeholders; and/or b) operational delivery of advice and services, ensuring the maintenance of high quality outcomes
  • Lead programs of work to produce a diverse suite of legislated outputs, including the Infrastructure Audit and Infrastructure Plan, and oversee research and analysis initiatives which inform these outputs
  • Provide strategic advice to governments regarding long term policy and reform priorities based on Infrastructure Australia's research and analysis; promote best practice in Infrastructure policy through this advice
  • Lead the continuous assessment and improvement of Infrastructure Australia's performance, particularly within the Policy and Research functions, to ensure alignment with the organisation's goals and objectives
  • Participate as a senior member of Infrastructure Australia's internal assessment panel to evaluate external initiative and project submissions for recommendation to the CEO and Infrastructure Australia Board
  • As a senior representative of Infrastructure Australia, actively promote and advocate for Infrastructure Australia's work, articulating the goals and objectives of Infrastructure Australia's policy and research programs in all dealings with Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and with stakeholder organisations
  • As a member of Infrastructure Australia's Executive Leadership Team, role model cross-functional collaboration in contributing to the strategic direction of the organisation, keeping Infrastructure Australia's commitments to its various stakeholder groups at the heart of its decision making

Essential Requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and/or significant experience in leading major Infrastructure policy and reform initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team of professionals providing specialist policy advice and managing significant research and review projects
  • Exemplary program leadership skills, including a demonstrated ability to oversee consistent delivery of quality outcomes within tight deadlines across multiple concurrent program streams
  • Expert understanding of the policy development process. Experience of successful policy leadership in areas of multi-party policy development and advice
  • Proven ability to identify and cultivate productive relationships with very senior stakeholders, especially with parliamentarians, government officials, industry and community representatives and colleagues
  • Demonstrated strategic communications skills, including the ability to advocate polcy positions publically and negotiate outcomes with stakeholders who have potentially competing interests
  • Strong existing networks of contacts within the Australian Infrastructure Sector and various levels of government (especially the Commonwealth Government)
  • Demonstrated ability to translate organizational goals in to functional strategies and collaborate across functions to achieve shared strategic goals
  • Ability to role model and promote values of independence, transparency, collaboration, credibility, rigour in all that we do
  • All employees of Infrastructure Australia must be Australian citizens and must obtain and hold an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA)—Baseline security clearance. More information can be found at: www.defence.gov.au/agsva/getting-a-clearance.asp

In return Infrastructure Australia offers the chance to join our organisation during an exciting phase in our development. Benefits include:

  • A supportive and flexible work environment
  • Commitment to your professional development
  • A culture of commitment to the delivery of excellent outcomes
  • The position is permanent and full time. Requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered


Applications including a cover letter and a response of no more than two pages to the following questions can be sent to IACareers@infrastructure.gov.au:

  • Tell us about your leadership experience, in particular your ability to lead an established team while instilling a high performance culture
  • Give us an example of your ability to move policy from inception to implementation

For a confidential discussion please call Collette on 02 8814 1940 or for a copy of the position description please email IACareers@infrastructure.gov.au.

Closing date: 5pm Monday 12th February 2018.

To be eligible for employment with Infrastructure Australia you must be an Australian Citizen. Infrastructure Australia values and supports workforce diversity. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with a disability.