Policy Advisor (Income Insurance Policy)

Date:  17-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Play a lead role in establishing the New Zealand Income Insurance scheme to provide income protection for New Zealanders when they lose their job
  • Challenging and intellectually stimulating work where you have the unique opportunity to be part of introducing one of the biggest reforms to the New Zealand labour market
  • Be part of a supportive team that is committed to growth, development, and supporting your work-life balance
  • Salary range $71,119- $89,645 + kiwisaver and wellness benefit


About our MBIE policy community

Income Insurance Policy is a brand-new policy team. We support the Government’s decision-making on income insurance for people losing work due to redundancy, or health conditions and disability. Loss of work for these reasons can harm workers, their whānau, and their communities.

Income insurances aims to support people while they are out of work, and help them back to work that matches their skills and aspirations. A proposal for a new income insurance scheme is laid out in the discussion document released by the Government and its partners in February 2022. You can find more information here.

The team is the Government’s lead advisor on income insurance policy. This includes both the policy rationale for income insurance, and the detailed policy and legislative design of the proposed new income insurance scheme. The work involves working closely with ministers, unions, and employer representatives, and partner agencies. In particular we work closely with ACC, MSD, IRD and the Treasury.

This work offers a unique opportunity to improve social and economic outcomes. Our work is often at the centre of discussions about the complex relationships between regulation, productivity, and wellbeing. 

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.

We are a key part of the Employment, Skills and Immigration Policy branch, which leads the government’s advice on labour market issues.  We work with a range of government and non-Government stakeholders to facilitate good labour market outcomes from a set of regulatory and non-regulatory systems. 


Tēnei tūranga - About the role:

Our Policy Advisors support some of the most interesting, complex and high-profile government projects. Working alongside experienced and supportive policy professionals they develop and apply their public policy skills and experience to deliver results for New Zealand.

They use their strong communication skills to engage and work collaboratively with various groups. They bring a base knowledge of public policy as well as an understanding of the machinery of government, te Tiriti o Waitangi principles, to better position New Zealand for the future.

Our Policy Advisors work across different levels to learn from experts and build their own knowledge. With the wide variety of work across the different policy areas, there are numerous opportunities to develop their policy craft and build their careers within MBIE. 

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required:

We are looking for motivated people with some experience in problem solving problems and formulating high-quality policy advice for a range of stakeholders and projects.

Desirable Skills & Experience


  • Have a good base of experience in public policy as a Policy Advisor and/or transferrable skills from an advisory, legal or similar role
  • Be a logical thinker, problem solver and a healthy level of curiosity
  • Bring knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
  • Enjoy working on complex problems, generating ideas and coming up with solutions
  • Have the ability to build relationships with others and work collaboratively
  • The ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results 


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 Roxana Anderson at roxana.anderson@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/9875 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Monday, 6th February 2023