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Employment at Parliament

Find out about employment opportunities and conditions at the Parliament of Western Australia and what it is like to work here.

Vacancy Details - Parliament of Western Australia

Position Title:Research Officer
Level and Salary:Level 4/5 $81,452 to $98,994 per annum
(Anticipated increase to $87,712 to $105,254 following General Agreement registration.)
Department:Legislative Assembly
Section:Committees Office
Employment Type:Permanent, Full Time
Primary Responsibilities and Additional Information:Are you?
A resourceful and motivated researcher with an interest in the political process and keen to develop a career in the Western Australian Parliament?

We are looking for a team player with excellent interpersonal skills to join us in supporting the Legislative Assembly's Committees.

As a Research Officer, you will see Western Australia's Parliament up close. You will work closely with a Principal Research Officer to support one of our Committees and engage apolitically with elected Members with a diverse range of political opinions and objectives.

Our ideal candidate will have the ability to quickly take in large volumes of information; write appropriately to a wide range of audiences; analyse and think about issues; and use practical and logistical skills to organise a range of events, including public hearings and travel.

About the job
Supporting Members from all sides of politics, our staff give advice on practical administrative matters, as well as assisting the Committees to develop policy. We help Committees to hear from stakeholders including experts, professional organisations, interest groups and members of the public. We prepare a wide range of documents to support the Committees' work, including correspondence, meeting papers and inquiry reports.

Working in a parliamentary environment can be challenging, and successful applicants should expect major peaks and troughs in workload based in part on the Parliamentary sitting calendar. In return, you will be offered daily exposure to the Parliament and given a degree of autonomy and independence unique in the public sector.

The Legislative Assembly offers generous employment conditions and a range of workplace benefits including onsite parking, a gymnasium, and access to Health and Wellbeing initiatives.

The attached job description form contains more information about the role.
Details:How to apply
If you’re interested in applying, please send us:
A completed application for employment form.
A response (in no more than two pages) addressing the selection criteria, as set out in the job description form.
An up-to-date CV (no more than four pages) that clearly outlines your skills and experience as relevant to this position.

Applications must be emailed to by 4.00pm on Wednesday 20 September 2023.

A job description and application form can be downloaded from the employment page at

We encourage all suitable people of any age, sex, gender, family status or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply, including First Nations people, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with any form of disability.

Please note:
You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen with a special category visa, to apply for this role.
Contact for Further Information:For further job-related information please contact Dr Isla Macphail, Clerk Assistant (Committees), on (08) 9222 7398 or email
Closing Date and Time:Wednesday 20 September 2023, 4.00 pm
(Applications received after the Closing Date will NOT be accepted)
Application Form and Job Description FormResearch Officer (Committees) JDF.pdfResearch Officer (Committees) JDF.pdfApplication for Employment - LA.docxApplication for Employment - LA.docx