NABERS is looking for a Senior Project Officer to deliver a policy and partnerships strategy for the program, as part of its market development activities.

NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings.

Its suite of tools are often chosen by government and industry partners to evaluate the impact of, and compliance with, other sustainability programs. Current partnership examples include; the National Construction Code, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, Green Star; the NSW Energy Savings Scheme; various grants programs.  This role will seek to expand on these partnerships to maximise the reach and impact of the NABERS program in line with its five year strategic plan.

Over the next 5 years we plan to significantly expand our reach so that every major building type can be rated by NABERS. We also plan to double the number of NABERS ratings by driving uptake and improving our existing tools.

We maintain a highly engaged team that strives to deliver and provide exceptional customer experiences.

Job Title:  Senior Project Officer

Job Grade / Classification:  Environment Officer Class 10

Employment Type: Full Time, Temporary (up to 5 year contract)

Location:  Haymarket, this role will be moving to Parramatta end of 2019/early 2020

Our Sydney based offices are moving to Parramatta! Find out more here.

To be successful in the role you will have exceptional written and negotiation skills, proven experience in engaging with stakeholders on technical issues and the ability to work collaboratively across teams and mentor/supervise project staff.

Primary purpose of the role

Engage with government partners and industry groups to maximise NABERS alignment with, and inclusion in, international, national and state based policy, programs and rating systems.

Specific responsibilities

In addition to the generic responsibilities of a Senior Project Officer as set out in the attached role description, the Policy and Partnerships Manager will:

  • Develop and deliver a policy and partnership strategy for the NABERS program
  • Support current key industry and government partners to ensure NABERS products are fully recognised achievement pathway within their policy and programs
    Align partner rating methodologies to ensure that relationships are practical and fit-for purpose
  • Initiate new strategic relationships that result in more NABERS ratings across target rating types and industry sectors (including, but not limited to; offices, apartment buildings, hotels, shopping centres, datacentres, energy, water, and indoor environment).
  • Represent NABERS on relevant industry committees and fora.
  • Promote and Communicate benefits to partners and their members of aligning with the NABERS Rating system
  • Lead and supervise the work of the Policy and Partnerships Project Officer and occasional project resources.

Key Skills

  • Strong experience in developing and implementing impactful long-term stakeholder relationships
  • Strong understanding of sustainability rating systems and their role in driving and evidencing performance improvements
  • Proven capacity to translate high level requirements into detailed methodologies and program documentation
  • Familiarity with relevant state, national and international policy context
  • High level written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in writing policy documents and briefing papers
  • Experience in chairing and representing on industry groups and committees
  • High attention to detail
  • Strong ability to work with relevant team members to plan and prioritise workloads
  • Ability to work as a member of a cross functional team and supervise project staff

Reporting line

The Policy and Partnerships Manager reports to the Head of Market Development.

Direct reports

Policy and Partnerships Project Officer

Agency overview

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department’s purpose is to serve the people of New South Wales by developing well-connected communities, preserving our environment, supporting our industries and contributing to a strong economy.

The newly formed Department brings together the functions from the former Planning and Environment and Industry clusters. It has six Ministers overseeing different areas of the cluster.

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility

The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Role description

Application Guide

Applying for a role in the NSW Public Sector

To Apply

Complete all the questions in the online application.

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators.  This is a generic role description – the specific additional accountabilities for each role is listed above.  The information in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities (shown in bold in the role description).

You should address the two questions below, focussing on your ability to meet the focus capabilities with specific work examples.  You have a maximum 4000 character limit (no spaces) per question.

Q1. Describe a time when you successfully negotiated with a range of stakeholders to deliver sustainability results. What did you do and what did you achieve?

Q2. Provide an example of a time when you had to work with technical experts to translate high level business requirements into detailed operational methodologies. What process did you use and how did you overcome challenges?

Note that a cover letter is encouraged and your resume must be less than 4 pages.

Applications Close: Monday 4 November 2019

Should you require further information about the role please contact; Esther Bailey on 02 9995 6721 or

If you have any enquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Kylie Isted at or (02) 9585 6856.

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