Political and Government Affairs Officer

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 12

Position description

This is a locally engaged staff position at an overseas Australian Diplomatic Mission.

This is a 2 year term of employment with the possibility of renewal.

Under limited direction, work as a part of a small team in support of the Australian Government’s diplomatic and policy objectives in New York and the US Northeast. The position is responsible for monitoring, analysing and providing advice on issues in the US Government that have the capacity to affect Australian interests. The position will manage the Consulate’s relationship with Government and US political stakeholders; providing advice on US political and legislative developments, and advocacy in support of Australian interests. The scope of work will cover all levels of the US Government; federal, state and local. The position will also assist in arranging and coordinating visit programs, and support the Consulate’s diplomatic outreach program and events.


We offer a competitive package of benefits which includes medical employer subsidised group insurance, dental insurance, vision care and an employer matched retirement plan. 
In addition, we offer 22 days recreation leave and 18 days sick leave each year (pro-rated for part time employment). The Embassy observes 14 public holidays each year. For further information - please use the link provided https://usa.embassy.gov.au/terms-and-conditions-employment 

Additional Information 

Applicants for this position may be eligible to apply for an A-2 visa on the basis of an offer of employment if they do not already fall into one of the employment eligibility categories listed:

  • United States citizen, a United States lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder)
  • Already possess an A-1 visa or an A-2 visa,
  • Or have a dependant G-visa and a valid US employment authorisation document

A2 visas are valid for a period of 5 years and are non-renewable. If successful in obtaining an A2 visa – Australian applicants are able to apply for an exemption to leave Australia through Australian Boarder Force https://travel-exemptions.homeaffairs.gov.au/tep 

This position requires a probity check to be completed. Employment in the advertised position is dependent on the employee having or acquiring a valid DFAT probity check. Probity checks can take some time to process, and employment not be commenced until an appropriate check is confirmed. There is no guarantee that the successful candidate for the position will be successful in obtaining a probity check. The inability to obtain a probity check prevents that applicant from being employed and loss of a probity check at any time will lead to termination of employment. 

Further information about engagement as a locally engaged staff member can be found at Employment Opportunities on the Australia in the USA website. 

Application instructions

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