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Policy Associate

Blueprint Institute is looking for an experienced, early career professional to join our team as a Policy Associate.

The ideal candidate will have a strong public policy and/or economics background, ideally at the Honours, Masters or PhD level. Professional experience working in a policy setting (e.g., in a policy research institute, the public service, or consulting to the public sector) would be beneficial. 

In addition to the minimum requirements of strong training, aptitude, and experience, we are particularly interested in candidates with the following attributes, which are critical to our identity:

  • Curiosity
  • Integrity
  • Policy vision
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail

The successful applicant will conduct cutting-edge research and analysis, and help develop policy reforms that benefit Australia. As a new think tank, we have a growing set of research interests, with the successful applicant playing a central role in our future agenda. Our work currently focuses on:

  • Climate and energy policy
  • Early learning reform
  • Tax and fiscal reform


About Blueprint Institute

Blueprint Institute is an independent think tank that exists to improve the quality of public policy discussion and outcomes in Australia. We achieve this through high-quality, evidence-based research that is consistent with market principles and informed by rigorous economic analysis. Our communication style is clear, rigorous, and playful.

We use targeted consultation and communication to educate key demographics, shape the public discussion, and shift key decision-makers.

Our team has experience in politics, bureaucracy, academia, and civil society. We leverage this expertise to move the needle on critical policy issues.


Role duties include:

  • Contributing to reports and broader research agendas
  • Writing proposals to meet our research objectives
  • Delivering work plans including conducting interviews, analysing data, and synthesising insights into clear messages and policy ideas
  • Undertaking and communicating quantitative analysis (including the development of visual materials)
  • Consulting with stakeholders to advance our expertise in key research areas
  • Engaging with the media where necessary, including writing opinion pieces 
  • Presenting on behalf of Blueprint Institute to policymakers and the broader public


Benefits of the role

Blueprint Institute is a fast-paced and welcoming environment. The small nature of our team means that a successful candidate will have strong engagement with the Institute’s senior leadership and opportunities to engage in all aspects of the research process, from design to stakeholder engagement, analysis, writing, and communication.

Our head office is in Sydney but we have staff elsewhere. We encourage flexible working arrangements and are happy to accommodate the circumstances of our chosen candidates. We are open to discussing location and work hours. Our team largely works from home, though this may change in the future. Office-based work will be increasingly common post-COVID. Our salaries are competitive for the public policy sector.


How to apply

Please send your application to [email protected] by midnight of Sunday 19 September with the subject line ‘Policy Associate: YOUR NAME’.

Applications should include the following (in PDF format).

  • A two-page CV. 
  • Academic transcript(s).
  • A one-page cover letter that answers the following:
    • Why are you applying to Blueprint Institute?
    • What would you bring to Blueprint Institute?
  • A writing sample that best demonstrates your writing ability.
  • Contact details of two recent referees.

We encourage applicants to browse Blueprint Institute’s website for further information about our values and to see our recent work. Applicants do not have to agree with everything we stand for. Critical, independent thinkers are welcome at Blueprint Institute.

Blueprint Institute is an equal opportunity employer and applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Blueprint Institute via [email protected]

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