Vacancies – Multiple Positions – Economist, Policy, Investigations and Reporting roles

10 Sep 2021

Do you want to work in a genuinely flexible and friendly CBD environment?

Do you want career and growth opportunities?

Do you want to work in an employee focused, high performance, statutory organisation?

Salary range: $63,681 - $75,616

The Essential Services Commission is currently seeking applications from those both experienced and developing in the fields of Economic Policy, Economic Analysis, Regulatory Monitoring and Evaluation to join our team. The Commission is an independent statutory authority that regulates the provision of essential services in the water and sewerage, electricity, gas, ports and rail industries.  Our primary objective is to protect the long-term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services.  

What are we looking for from you to succeed in these roles?

  • The ability to maintain a “big picture” focus when working on detailed technical issues.
  • Be collaborative and enjoy working as part of a small team.
  • Being able to think analytically and present the technical to the non-technical.
  • Ability to draft briefing, correspondence and documents that are technically correct and easy to read.
  • Be able to talk to your ideas and communicate effectively.

And most importantly, be a positive leader and ambassador for our organisation.

Does this sound like you? Read on, because in addition, the key requirements for each of the roles are also…


  • To understand and apply economic principles, financial concepts and undertake economic analysis and modelling.

Policy / Research

  • To research, analyse, and then develop practical ideas to solve policy problems and participating in policy discussions with stakeholders.

Investigation / Monitoring

  • To review, evaluate and really explore trends in the performance of regulated entities to be able to be pro-active in compliance education and change, document issues and intervene to drive positive consumer outcomes.

Reporting / Evaluation

  • To use data and information to provide consumers and other stakeholders with insights, ask robust questions and explain trends in market performance to regulated entities.

The Commission and the South Australian public sector promote diversity and flexible ways of working, including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss flexible working arrangements for this role.  

The Commission adopts a zero tolerance approach to towards domestic violence and disrespectful behaviours of any kind in the workplace and in the broader community. 

Don’t quite fit the roles at this level or key requirements but would like to be considered for future roles? Then please reach out to have a chat or send your CV through (please include ‘future consideration’ in your email subject line) and we will contact you if an opportunity arises.

To Apply

For each role you are interested in, please email a one-page pitch telling us which role you wish to apply for and what would make you successful in the role and your CV to Rachel Wilkinson, Manager, People and Corporate at  

For a confidential discussion, please call Rachel Thamm, Director, People and Corporate on (08) 8463 4413.

Positions close at midnight on Monday, 4 October 2021.