Senior Policy / Policy Advisors - Health and Safety Policy

Posted on 17-Jul-2017
Application Close Date: 31-Jul-2017
Job Details
Policy and Research
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Note clipPolicy Advisor May 2017.pdf (PDF, 336KB)
Job Description

Senior Policy Advisor May 2017.pdf (PDF, 380KB)
Job Description

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  • Shape the policy and laws affecting New Zealand individuals and businesses
  • Work  directly with Ministers, leading policy thinkers and key stakeholders
  • Work closely  with operational agencies and regulators to ensure policy advice and  regulatory practice are mutually informed, reinforcing  and effective     
  • Lead or participate in projects from inception, through the Parliamentary process to implementation


Bring your expertise to our team and work alongside some of the best policy makers in Wellington, and play an important role in shaping the policy and laws that affect New Zealand individuals and businesses.

We are looking for smart, motivated Senor Advisor/Policy Advisors for a high performing team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). 


Our team

The Health and Safety Policy team provides evidence-based policy and strategic advice to improve New Zealand's work health and safety and energy safety. This includes stewardship for the health and safety regulatory framework, notably the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and associated regulations, and the energy safety regulatory framework - ensuring these provide certainty and clarity and are proportionate and effective.

The government's Working Safer reforms aim to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities at work by 25% by 2020. Our team sets the strategic direction for work health and safety with WorkSafe New Zealand, providing continuous impetus to improve health and safety outcomes and supporting more targeted and coordinated system-wide action. The team works closely with the other Labour Market policy teams in the Labour and Immigration Policy Branch by shaping the strategic direction for work health and safety's influence on the labour market. We also work closely with a wide range of other government agencies to maximise broader regulatory and government outcomes.



MBIE is the lead agency for making it easier for business to work with government.  MBIE's purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

Developing our policy staff is a key focus for MBIE. MBIE operates in a high trust environment where policy staff are empowered to bring fresh perspectives to issues and to think outside the box. Being the largest policy shop in NZ, MBIE offers significant opportunity for leadership and developing broader policy experience across a broad variety of areas. We encourage excellence and proactively support development through on-the-job learning, training courses, conferences and seminars, development programmes, secondments, rotations to other branches and study opportunities.


What we're looking for:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills to challenge the status quo
  • People who are energised by working with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, including Ministers
  • A ‘can do' attitude, and people wanting to take ownership of their work to deliver the best results
  • A desire to deepen your understanding of labour markets and skills and expertise in regulatory stewardship.


How to apply

To apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply Now' button. This will allow you to register your details and submit your application for this vacancy. Please indicate whether you are applying for a Policy Advisor or a Senior Policy Advisor position.

To find out more about these positions, please download a copy of the position description, or if you would like more information please contact Jo Attewell on

Applications close Monday 31st July 2017.