Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)

  • Ongoing/Non-ongoing
  • $98,575 – $108,492 plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Canberra, Goondiwindi, Griffith, Mildura, Wodonga

Join us to shape the future of one of Australia’s greatest natural assets and protect it for future generations.

We are seeking people who want to contribute to a significant water reform program that aims to respond to the impacts of climate change, support community and industry needs, and improve access to water for First Nations people.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is an independent government agency which, in partnership with Basin governments, manages the Murray–Darling Basin’s water resources in the national interest. With the enactment of the Water Act 2007, the MDBA was established as an independent expertise-based statutory agency.

The MDBA aims to achieve a healthy working Basin for the benefit of all Australians. The Murray–Darling Basin contains a rich diversity of natural environments that are unique in Australia and the world. The Basin is also crucial to Australia’s economy and home to 2.3 million Australians, including people from over 50 First Nations. How we manage the Basin as a whole connected system, manage our water carefully, and protect it for future generations is set out in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

The Positions

We have two available positions for Senior Policy Officers. The roles are available within our Climate Adaptation and Decision-making Framework teams. 

As a Senior Policy officer, you will be responsible for providing and implementing high level policy research and advice on existing or developing opportunities and/or challenges that intersect with the implementation of the Basin Plan Review. These roles work closely with other parts Basin Plan Review Division and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, other agencies of the Australian Government, the Basin States and wider stakeholders. 

Your key responsibilities: 

  • Undertake research and policy analysis on a range of water management issues, and provide recommendations on pathways to solve complex problems.
  • Understand, support and communicate the reasons for decisions and recommendations, identifying the relationship between organisational goals and operational tasks.
  • Coordinate and deliver against team goals, strategies and work plans and consider the longer-term impact of own work and work area on broader outcomes.
  • Assist with the preparation of briefing material, correspondence, submissions, contracts and other policy or operational documents.

What we offer you

  • You will have the opportunity to work on projects where you contribute to shaping the future of one of Australia’s greatest natural assets and protect it for future generations.
  • At the MDBA you will undertake a variety of interesting and challenging work. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and expertise, and work with the Australian community to support a critical resource management initiative. 
  • Competitive remuneration packages, including up to 15.4% superannuation, and recognition of prior APS government service. 
  • Generous leave provisions (four weeks annual leave) and additional Non-attendance days between Christmas and New Year provided.
  • Being part of a smaller agency with a strong focus on its connection with people. 
  • Being part of a professional, committed, and friendly team of people. 
  • Being part of an organisation that recognises and values First Nations people, and their contribution to our work. We have an innovative Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) aimed at improving relationships, showing respect, and increasing opportunities to deliver outcome for First Nations peoples as part of our business-as-usual activities. 
  • Competitive Flexible Working Arrangements which allow greater flexibility and balance between work and personal needs with a baseline attendance in the office to be 40% of your time.
  • A range of healthy lifestyle provisions, including access to a health and wellbeing program. 
  • Opportunities for professional development, and career progression across a variety of roles and work locations. 

Tell me more

It is easy to apply for a job at the MDBA. Go to and tell us what makes you the ideal candidate. Take the opportunity to work with the MDBA as we continue to make a difference through the protection and enhancement of the environment.

For more information regarding these opportunities please contact:

Senior Policy Officer – Climate Adaptation – Yvette Bettini – or 02 6279 0160.

Senior Policy Officer – Decision-making Framework – Monika Muschal – or 0475 270 317.


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