Principal Advisor | Accident Compensation Policy

Date:  12-Sep-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Play a lead role in future-proofing the Accident Compensation scheme so that it continues to deliver for all New Zealanders.
  • Challenging and intellectually stimulating work in a supportive team that is committed to growth and development.
  • Flexible working to support your work-life balance.
  • Salary Range $132,417- $160,472 plus kiwisaver & wellness benefit
  • Permanent positions, Wellington based location


Tēnei tūranga -

About the role:


Work alongside passionate people and communities

Our Principal Policy Advisors take the lead on complex and high-profile projects. They apply their experience, skills and talent to engage and work collaboratively with our stakeholders and Ministers.

They bring their solid understanding of legislative frameworks, policy processes, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty principles, and the wider political environment to help better position Aotearoa’s workplaces for the future.

They are part of our policy leadership teams and play a lead role in supporting and coaching our staff.


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and experience required:


We are looking for people who can work across projects in the team and wider branch, diving in where required to provide intellectual impetus to key projects, and also helping join the dots between work going on in our branch and across MBIE. The people we’re looking for will ideally possess the following attributes:

  • a thorough understanding of the machinery of government
  • extensive experience in public policy, ideally including working on primary legislation and regulation
  • a good understanding of economic principles and the New Zealand economy
  • familiarity with New Zealand’s legal framework and the principles of statutory interpretation
  • curiosity and a drive to learn

We are particularly keen to build our capability working in te ao Māori and analysing the impact of our work on Māori.

Needless to say, we are looking for a team player who will play an active role in building a positive team environment and building talent within your team and the wider branch.



Our work is interesting, high-profile and can result in big impacts for everyday New Zealanders. We have a flat structure where you will be talking directly to the Minister and stakeholders about your work.

We offer a supportive culture where you are encouraged to lead and thoughtful peer review from colleagues across the branch is the norm.

You’ll work closely with ACC and Treasury, so you’ll get good experience at making sure our policies are well implemented.

Some of our best people are part-time or work flexibly, and we are really open to those options.


Our challenges are

The work we do impacts on all New Zealanders; from the extent the Accident Compensation Scheme should cover mental injury, whether its role in rehabilitation is optimal, through to how much the ACC levy impacts the price they pay when they fill their car with petrol. 

As such, our work is often at the centre of discussions about the complex relationships between regulation, productivity, and wellbeing. Our Principal Advisors are key to how we deliver on the Government’s objectives while providing free and frank advice, factoring in the interests of our many stakeholders, and upholding the Crown’s obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE -

About MBIE:

MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono -

How to apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process.  Email Monica Chow at quoting ref MBIE/8260 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on 26 Sep 2022.