Parliamentary Research Officer

Parliamentary Research Officer  – Vacancy Reference – PAR 07-19

The position available is 1 Full-time equivalent position until January 2021 then will revert to 90% of a Full-Time equivalent position.
Permanent/temporary, full time/part time available.
*Appointments maybe considered on the basis of permanent or temporary full-time or part-time.
*Appointments made on a temporary basis maybe up to 12 months.

Salary Range - $ 2,320.00 - $ 3,364.00 per fortnight plus superannuation

Closing date: Monday  4 March 2019

We invite Library professionals to apply for the role of Parliamentary Research Officer working in the Parliamentary Library within the Queensland Parliamentary Service located in Brisbane city.  If you have qualifications in law this would be advantageous for the role.


The specific accountabilities of the position are to:

  • Assist the Director to deliver a quality client focused and relevant research and information service in a dynamic legislative environment
  • Develop and apply appropriate research methodologies to provide high quality responses to research and information requests by Members of Parliament, their staff and other specified clients
  • Contribute to and follow the Research & Information Services’ quality guidelines in relation to research responses including measures such as confidentiality, accuracy, appropriateness, conciseness and timeliness and participating in the Library research peer review program
  • Liaise with clients in the preparation and delivery of relevant and timely research, including staffing the client service desk on a rostered basis
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic policies including collection development, systems design, service delivery, evaluation and feedback programs
  • Investigate, analyse, optimise and evaluate the use of relevant internal and external databases to meet client needs
  • Contribute to and participate in professional development and develop networks to maintain relevant levels of knowledge and skills in contemporary information practice
  • Represent and promote Library research services to clients, including assisting in development and delivery of client information literacy programs and presentations
  • Participate as a team member in a productive, dynamic, participative and continuous improvement oriented environment, by sharing information, models, practices and resources in a cooperative and collaborative manner.
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of customised alert services to fulfil individual client needs, often within tight deadlines
  • Lead and/or participate in specialised multi-disciplinary projects as required
  • Assist in developing and documenting policy, processes and procedures of the Research section including maintaining sound record keeping practice


Professional Qualifications

A tertiary qualification in an appropriate discipline, such as law, political studies, public policy, environmental studies, economics/statistics, history, library science etc., together with postgraduate qualifications are essential. Qualifications in law will be advantageous.

Experience, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  1. Demonstrated high quality research and analysis skills, including experience with a wide range of contemporary information retrieval and delivery tools
  2. Demonstrated high level written and oral communication, negotiation and client liaison skills
  3. Demonstrated ability to work individually and as a team member in an innovative and dynamic work environment, develop professional networks and commit to ongoing personal and professional development
  4. Sound project management skills including problem solving skill and the ability to meet deadlines under pressure
  5. Knowledge of or the ability to acquire knowledge of the principles and workings of Parliament and modern executive government with extensive general knowledge and in depth knowledge of specific subject areas.

To Apply:

  1. Applicants are required to provided responses to the above mentioned selection criteria.
  2. Provide a copy of your most current resume
  3. Provide a covering letter with your application

Applications can be emailed to:

Alternatively this vacancy will be advertised on the Queensland Government Smartjobs website, applicants may register and lodge application via the website:


Job region
Queensland Parliamentary Service
Full time
$ 2,320.00 - $ 3,364.00 per fortnight plus superannuation
Closing date
Monday 04 March 2019