Policy Analysts develop and analyse policies guiding the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial operations and programs.

Specialisations: Foreign Policy Officer.

A bachelor degree in politics or international relations majoring in an area relevant to the desired policy field is needed to work as a Policy Analyst. Many Policy Analysts complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Liaises and consults with program administrators and other interested parties to identify policy needs.
  • Reviews existing policies and legislation to identify anomalies and out-of-date provisions.
  • Researches social, economic and industrial trends, and client expectations of programs and services provided.
  • Formulates and analyses policy options, prepares briefing papers and recommendations for policy changes, and advises on preferred options.
  • Assesses impacts, financial implications, interactions with other programs and political and administrative feasibility of policies.

More about Intelligence and Policy Analysts

All Intelligence and Policy Analysts

  • $1,821 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Policy Analysts

  • 13,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 65% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Policy Analysts (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 13,900 in 2011 to 13,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Policy Analysts work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Education and Training; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 65% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety80.4
Education and Training4.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.1
Health Care and Social Assistance3.7
Other Industries7.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePolicy AnalystsAll Jobs Average
NSW19.631.6
VIC17.625.6
QLD13.020.0
SA5.27.0
WA7.110.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.51.0
ACT33.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPolicy AnalystsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-243.7-9.39.3
25-3434.8-22.922.9
35-4428.4-22.022.0
45-5420.2-21.621.6
55-597.2-9.09.0
60-643.7-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPolicy AnalystsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate41.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree44.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.7-21.121.1
Year 125.5-18.118.1
Year 110.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in politics or international relations majoring in an area relevant to the desired policy field is needed to work as a Policy Analyst. Many Policy Analysts complete postgraduate studies.

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Employers look for Intelligence and Policy Analysts who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and can work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    86% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Law and Government

    82% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  3. Education and Training

    73% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Sociology and Anthropology

    70% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  5. Philosophy and Theology

    68% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

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The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

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  2. Freedom to Make Decisions

    97% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    93% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    89% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Telephone

    89% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3094.00 - Political Scientists.

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