18 Feb 2021

Full Time Research and Data Visualisation Assistant The Department of Parliamentary Services

for The Department of Parliamentary Services – Canberra

Job Description

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Who we are looking for?

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for Research and Data Visualisation Assistant vacancy within the Statistics & Mapping section, Research branch.

The position is located in the Statistics and Mapping Section of the Library. To be successful in this role, you must be able to work as part of a client focussed team, undertaking work including:

  • less complex research tasks, for example, the identification, retrieval and analysis of statistical information
  • data visualisation building and publishing, working with a range of data sources and data visualisation tools
  • the preparation of high quality advice to Parliamentary clients, using your research and analytical skills

It will be an advantage for you to have an understanding of the parliamentary environment, and familiarity with data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Electoral Commission.

Eligibility and/or Job Specific Requirements

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (Protected/Restricted) security clearance.

DPS welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

How to apply

Please upload a one page response no more than 500 insert word limit describing how your skills, knowledge and experience make you the best person for this job, based on the duties, qualities, and selection criteria outlined below.

Your application is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at DPS, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills,
knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role.

If proof of qualifications, licences or certificates are required as part of the application process, please incoporate these documents into your resume or within your applicant response before you submit your application.

Closing Date

Applications must be submitted by 11:30pm AEDT, 4 March 2021.


Currently, the salary range for this position is $70,010 – $83,246

Duty Statement

Classification: PSL 4/5
Employment Type: Ongoing
Position No.: 00139618
Local Title: Research and Data Visualisation Assistant ___________

Branch: Research
Section: Statistics & Mapping
Immediate supervisor: Parliamentary Executive Level 2 (Director)
Security assessment: Baseline Vetting (Protected/Restricted) ___________

The Parliamentary Librarian is required by the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 to, among other things:

’… provide high quality information, analysis and advice to Senators and Members of the House of Representatives in support of their parliamentary and representational roles.’
The Act requires the Parliamentary Librarian to perform this function:

  • in a timely, impartial and confidential manner;
  • maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and integrity;
  • on the basis of equality of access for all Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, parliamentary committees and staff acting on behalf of Senators, Members or parliamentary committees;
  • having regard to the independence of Parliament from the Executive Government of the Commonwealth.

Against this background, the Parliamentary Library is seeking to fill the position of ‘Research and Data Visualisation Assistant’ in the Statistics and Mapping Section of its Research Branch. This role will involve, under supervision, a combination of research work for the section and the development of data visualisation tools in related areas including economic and social statistics. Research Assistants undertake duties in accordance with the work level standards for APS4/APS5.
The work may cover a range of tasks associated with the provision of quality information, research and advisory services to parliamentary clients and the provision of support to senior officers. This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Undertaking less complex statistical research tasks (including the identification, retrieval and analysis of data from multiple sources) for the benefit of parliamentary clients and internal stakeholders.

2. Undertaking less complex data visualisation building and publishing, working with a wide range of data sources including, Federal election results (current and historical), ABS Census of Population and Housing, economic and social statistics plus ABS geospatial boundaries.

3. Undertake less complex writing, information management and dissemination tasks, including the preparation of advices to clients and contributing to publications.

4. Contributing to building and maintaining section resources and to corporate activities, including by providing administrative and technical support to the senior officers in the section and branch.

Duties representing highest function: Client delivery/technical functions

Selection Criteria

1. Demonstrated experience in conducting quality research and analysis for internal and external stakeholders.

2. Demonstrated skills in data manipulation, using software such as Excel, Tableau or Table builder.

3. Demonstrated skills in building and publishing statistical dashboards. Knowledge and experience in Tableau and publishing tools (such as SiteCore) in this context would also be highly regarded.

4. Demonstrated ability to work to a high standard in a client service environment, manage priorities, liaising with clients, internal staff, stakeholders and external agencies.

5. Awareness of the Australian parliament and the political environment.

Employees of DPS are required to be able, and to be seen to be able, to provide professional advice and services to all Senators and Members without favour or prejudice.

Contact Person

Name: Christopher Giuliano
Phone Number: (02) 6277 2483
Email: christopher.giuliano@aph.gov.au

Working at Department of Parliamentary Services

DPS recognises and values the contribution that our diverse workforce makes and in return offers great benefits. These include a competitive salary, onsite free parking and gym facilities, a wide range of professional development opportunities so you can take your career further, and all of this in a friendly and supportive environment. Conditions of service are in accordance with the DPS Enterprise Agreement (available here ).

If you think this role sounds like you and you’d like to work in a friendly, high quality team then DPS welcomes your application.

Conditions of Employment

The Parliamentary Service Act 1999 provides for mobility between the Australian Public Service and the Parliamentary Service. Employment opportunities in the Parliamentary Service may be subject to a range of conditions of engagement including:

a) Australian citizenship
b) criminal history check and security clearances
c) possession of mandatory qualifications for certain jobs
d) health clearance, and
e) probation period of 6 months

Australian Citizenship
Section 22 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 requires that employees of the Parliamentary Service are generally required to be Australian citizens. If you are not an Australian citizen, you may still be considered for engagement on the condition that you are able to gain Australian Citizenship within a specified time. Failure to obtain citizenship within the timeframe could lead to termination of engagement.

If you have accepted a redundancy benefit, within the previous twelve months, from a Commonwealth employer (including the Parliamentary Service and the Australian Public Service), you cannot be employed by DPS until your exclusion period (the number of weeks for which you received a redundancy benefit) has expired. If you would like to discuss your eligibility, please contact HR Services on telephone (02) 6277 5200.

Advice to Applicants

Your application is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at DPS, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?

Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your resume, but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

If you are unfamiliar with applying for APS jobs, the Australian Public Service Commission’s fact sheet on applying for jobs may be useful: Applying for an APS Job: Cracking the Code

Some of DPS’s selection criteria are generic and are based on the Australian Public Service Commission’s Integrated Leadership System (ILS). Applicants will be expected to demonstrate how they would apply these skills to the requirements of the job as described. The Australian Public Service Commission’s ILS Leadership Pathway identifies and describes leadership capabilities at all classification levels

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Job Locations: Canberra.
Job Categories: Federal (Government - Federal) and Government.
Job Types: Full Time.
Job Tags: full time jobs for 50+, jobs for mature age, jobs for mature age workers, jobs for older workers, mature age jobs, older workers, and older workers jobs.
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