A policy analyst reviews a new government policy and takes notes

Policy Analyst

Develop and review government or industrial policies based on analysis of current information.


Policy Analysts develop and analyse policies that govern the design, implementation and modification of government or commercial programs.

Work is in offices, with some travel expected.

Suits those who have strong written expression, good attention to detail and the ability to communicate clearly with a wide range of people. Critical thinking skills and an interest in law and government are helpful.


  • consult program administrators and other interested parties to identify policy needs
  • review and develop new and existing policies and legislation
  • prepare briefing papers and recommendations
  • assess impacts, financial implications and feasibility of policies
  • identify ethical, legal or political issues for research and analysis
  • provide advice and recommendations to senior management and government
  • prepare speeches, correspondence and Cabinet papers for ministers
  • write and present reports.

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