Assistant Director, Economics
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 16 July 2019

Classification: Senior Officer Grade C
Salary: $106,043 - $114,146
Position No: 10830
Directorate: Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission
Advertised (Gazettal date): 01 July 2019
Contact Officer: Patrick Hamshere on patrick.hamshere@act.gov.au or (02) 6205 8773

Details: The ACT’s economic regulator—the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC)—is seeking an experienced Economist to join its Economics team. As Assistant Director, Economics, you will: lead projects requiring high-level research and quantitative analysis; develop advice for the Commission and the ACT Government on economic regulation and competition issues; draft high-quality, evidence-based reports and briefing papers; and work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders. The Commission’s work is broad in scope and involves analysing market dynamics, including competition and the drivers of costs and profit margins, as well as determining regulated retail prices for electricity, water and sewerage services. The Commission is also responsible for developing and implementing regulations that improve the well-being of ACT consumers and businesses. Recent examples include inquiries into retail petrol markets, the ACT beverage industry, and the costs of supplying retail electricity in the ACT. The successful candidate must have strong economic and quantitative skills and experience in applying these skills in government or the private sector. You must be able to write clearly and be able to communicate complex technical ideas clearly and effectively, both in writing and verbally. You will have experience in managing consultations with internal and external stakeholders and in leading small project teams. Practical understanding of regulatory frameworks and how government works will be an advantage. The ACT Public Service supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.
Eligibility/Other Requirements: A degree in Economics and/or Finance is essential; post-graduate qualifications will be well-regarded. Experience in applying micro-economic concepts and frameworks in government or the private sector. Experience in economic regulation and/or infrastructure economics will be highly regarded. Experience in Australian infrastructure regulation, especially in water or energy, will be an advantage. Knowledge of current utility pricing and regulatory issues, or the ability to quickly develop a good understanding of those issues, is essential.
How to Apply: Applicants are asked to supply a response to the Selection Criteria, responses should be made to each individual selection criterion. Please limit your response to one A4 page (maximum) against each numbered criterion along with a current curriculum vitae.
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