Parliamentary Budget Office

Current vacancies

Vacancy Closing Date Contact Name Contact Phone Current Status
PBO54 SES Band 1 Assistant Parliamentary Budget Officer - Information pack 17 Feb 2019 Linda Ward 02 6277 9570 Closed
PBO55 PEL1 Assistant Director - Information pack 3 Feb 2019 Andrew Spencer or Karen Williams 02 6277 9523 Closed

Benefits of working in the PBO

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) is a small vibrant office of around 40 staff. The PBO commenced operations as an independent institution of the Australian Parliament on 23 July 2012.

The purpose of the PBO is to inform the Parliament by providing independent and non-partisan analysis of the budget cycle, fiscal policy and the financial implication of policy proposals. The PBO deals in facts and objective analysis, remains non-partisan at all times, and does not take sides in policy debates.

The PBO seeks to help level the political playing field by preparing policy costings and budget analyses for any parliamentarian who requests such services. The PBO also promotes transparency and public understanding of the budget and fiscal policy settings through its self-initiated program of published research.

The PBO offers staff a wide variety of work, to both challenge and develop their skills. The PBO’s mandate spans the entire breadth of the Australian Government’s budget and associated fiscal policies. This means that PBO staff quickly gain exposure to a wide range of fiscal policy issues. In doing this important work, the PBO and its staff are in a unique position to help educate the public and facilitate policy development across the political spectrum.

The PBO has a flexible working environment that provides opportunities for staff to work together collaboratively, often across formal organisational boundaries. Internal and external opportunities for learning and development are promoted, including access to studies assistance to undertake training which directly relates to the PBO’s functions and helps staff reach their career development goals.

The PBO is a close-knit working community that values the diverse range of skills and experience of its staff and actively encourages knowledge sharing between different staff groups. Free expression of ideas is also encouraged, with staff having ready access to the Senior Executive team and the Parliamentary Budget Officer to discuss constructive suggestions for improving the PBO’s operations.

The PBO has competitive remuneration arrangements in place that ensure it can attract and retain appropriately qualified and skilled staff who are in high demand from other Commonwealth agencies.

The PBO’s physical location is also a plus. As the PBO is located within Australia’s Parliament House, staff have access to a wide variety of amenities including cafes, on-site childcare, recreational gym facilities, a post office and bank, free and secure car parking, the Parliamentary Library, and peaceful courtyards and gardens to be enjoyed.

Ongoing employment

Thank you for considering a position with the Parliamentary Budget Office.  You should begin by downloading the relevant information pack for the position you wish to apply for. The pack includes further detail on how to apply, the job description and the selection documentation. If you require specific information or clarification about the job, please speak with the contact officer.

Selection criteria are based on the PBO's Non-SES Capability Framework.

Your application must include:

  • the completed PBO job application cover sheet;
  • your current resume, and
  • other documentation as outlined in the information pack for the relevant position. 

Once you have finalised your resume, statement of claims against the selection criteria and the application cover sheet, please e-mail your documents (by 11:30 pm on the closing date) to

If you experience any difficulties submitting your application please e-mail PBO Recruitment on or call 6277 9523.

Secondment program

Thank you for considering applying for a placement in the Parliamentary Budget Office secondment program.

The program is aimed at officers from the Australian Public Service (APS) Level 5 to Executive Level 1 (or equivalent) classifications who have strong quantitative analysis skills and an aptitude for economic and financial modelling across a range of areas.

Placements to the PBO may be for a period of between six to 12 months.

Please begin by downloading the information pack for further information on the program and details on how to apply.

Should you require further information or assistance, please speak with the contact officer.

Graduate program

Parliament of Australia Graduate Program

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) offers three to six month placements to graduates who have been accepted into existing Australian Government department and agency graduate programs. The program is designed to give graduates exposure to the PBO's work in supporting the Parliament. The skills and knowledge graduates obtain through the program may assist in building the foundation for career progression and professional development.

Further information about the program is available from our Graduate page.

Applications for the 2019 program have now closed.

For any questions relating to the Graduate Program, please contact or phone (02) 6277 9523.

Contact details

PO Box 6010
Parliament House

Phone: (02) 6277 9500