Government Relations Adviser


Job Type:Full Time
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The Opportunity

At PwC, we help Australian businesses, not-for-profits and governments create value and improve the way they work. Whether you're improving healthcare, creating smarter cities or building Australia's start-up industry from the ground up, you'll build trust in society and solve important problems every day.

Based in Canberra (with other arrangements considered), this pivotal role will be responsible for ensuring the Firm derives maximum value from it’s engagement with political and public policy figures through a strategic, meaningful and considered approach. It will serve as a valuable conduit between the government and PwC, advising on current and future political landscapes.


  • Develop a strategic plan to derive value from political relationships, including by showcasing the firm’s work to political stakeholders in domains that build brand and reputation, by ensuring that government relations considerations are integrated into firm-wide campaigns, and by protecting the firm’s reputation in political engagements.
  • Manage interactions with politicians and public policy leaders by assisting partners to access ministers, shadow ministers, other parliamentarians and their staff, including by developing or adapting materials and collateral, and by accompanying partners to those meetings.
  • Understand the market and gather intelligence on future policy direction, including by ‘joining the dots’ to provide advice on political threats and opportunities to the Executive Board, and other internal stakeholders.
  • Assist the Regulatory function with the development of submissions, and by preparing partners to appear and present at parliamentary or regulatory hearings.
  • Work with the Risk function to identify, escalate and manage political risks, and educate partners about the importance of political risk management.
  • Assist the firm to implement governance around political engagement and donations.

Skills and Required Experience

  • Strong direct exposure to the process of forming and legislating public policy, ideally including experience working in the office of a state or federal parliamentarian.
  • Broad knowledge of and curiosity about the business environment and a high level of numeracy.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a highly matrixed structure, including the ability to win the trust and confidence of internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to distil complex information into core issues and succinct messages, often within tight deadlines.
  • Ability to obtain results in the face of incomplete information, ambiguity or obstacles.

Sound like you? Read on.

What we offer

Working for Australia's largest professional services firm you'll join a creative and collaborative team that delivers meaningful outcomes for a wide range of clients and access a global network spanning 157 countries.

Our culture and benefits are the reason why we were recognised as Australia's number one workplace by LinkedIn. Our state of the art offices embrace the very best technology has to offer and each person has access to flexible work options. Our dress policy is flexible too - you choose what you wear based on the kind of work you do with your team and clients.

Fostering an inclusive culture and embracing differences is at the centre of everything we do. At PwC, you will be empowered to be yourself and work with people from different backgrounds and points of view to achieve things you never thought possible. Get involved in our employee-led diversity networks (cultural, disability, LGBTI or gender equality) and benefit from our best-in-class policies such as 18 weeks maternity/paternity leave, flexible work and gender equity.

Up for a challenge? We are committed to helping our people unleash their passion and potential. Hard work does not go unrewarded and industry best coaching, mentoring, training and development are ready and waiting. If you have a genuine desire to make a difference and want to surround yourself with like-minded, talented and driven individuals who strive to do the same, apply now.

PwC is committed to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Our Reconciliation Action Plan sets out our commitment to increase Indigenous employment. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Jane Boyle is the Recruitment Manager for the role. As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all.

Applications for this role will close on November 23rd, 2018.