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Legislative Council Committees, Department of the Legislative Council

Are you interested in supporting parliamentary inquiries? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can use your advanced research, writing and project management skills?

Principal Council Officers at the grade 9/10 manage parliamentary inquiries, including the review of submissions, organisation of hearings and preparation of committee reports.

We have multiple positions available with the NSW Legislative Council Committee Office.

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Stephen Frappell – Clerk Assistant, Committees

Telephone: (02) 9230 3594



Reference No.00008PBU
Applications CloseFebruary 6, 2022
Job Board
Job CategoryPolicy & Research
Job FieldAdvocacy, Information & Campaigns
Employment BasisFull Time
Salary Range$90,001 +
LocationSydney CBD

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Other Information

We are seeking appropriately skilled, experienced and highly motivated individuals to join the Legislative Council Committee Office as Principal Council Officers (Clerk Grade 9/10). Principal Council Officers are responsible for managing parliamentary inquiries, including organising hearings, preparing committee reports, and providing advice to Members of Parliament.

Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline are desirable.

While this vacancy currently exists in the Committee Office, opportunities to rotate between our other Principal Council Officer roles may be available. More information about the Principal Council Officer role across the Department can be found in the position description linked below.

Note:  In addition to the full time positions, applications are invited to fill a casual position in the Legislative Council Committee Office working on committee reports on an as-needs basis. The position would suit candidates with significant previous experience writing reports in a parliamentary or similar environment. Allocation of work would depend on the volume of committee inquiries at any one time. The position is available to candidates working remotely from outside Sydney, after attending an initial induction in Sydney. Please indicate if you are applying for a casual position working on committee reports on an as-needed basis.

Further information to assist you with applying for this position:

How to Apply

To apply for this position please attach to your application:

  • Your up-to-date resume [maximum three pages] which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this position, and
  • Your response [maximum two pages] to the targeted questions below.

Your resume and response to the following targeted questions will be the initial assessment method used to determine your suitability for this position compared to other applicants. Applications that do not include a response to the targeted questions cannot be comparatively assessed and are unlikely to progress to the next stage of assessment.

Targeted questions

  1. Provide an example of a significant document you have written which required research and analysis, and an ability to interpret and distil complex information to formulate a position or proposal.
  2. Describe a project you have managed which demonstrates your organisational skills, experience in managing challenging stakeholders, and an ability to balance competing priorities.

Electronic attachments must be MS Word compatible or in pdf format.

Applications must be lodged online through

Job Reference: 00008PBU

CLOSING DATE:  Sunday, 6 February 2022 [11.59pm]

Parliament of NSW

The Legislative Council is the Upper House of the NSW Parliament. It is a House of Review, and acts as a check and balance on the Executive Government.

The role of the Department of the Legislative Council is to support the sittings of the House and the activities of its committees. This includes the provision of procedural, analytical and administrative support services to enable members of the Council to effectively perform their parliamentary duties. Department staff support the Clerk of the Parliaments to achieve these objectives and to inform the public about the Council's work through community engagement activities.

The two principal areas of the Department are the Procedure Office and the Committee Office. The Department is accountable to the President of the Legislative Council, who is elected by the members of the House. Department staff also work in collaboration with the Department of the Legislative Assembly and the Department of Parliamentary Services to ensure the effective running of the Parliament.

Department staff strive to provide exceptional services to our key stakeholders including the President, members and their staff, government agencies, stakeholders in committee inquiries, members of the public and visitors to Parliament.

ContactStephen Frappell, Clerk Assistant – Committees
Phone number (02) 9230 3594
Email address