Policy Advisers


  • Looking for a role that will allow you to build on your policy experience?

  • Interested in contributing to long-term policy goals that directly impacts New Zealanders?

Transport is an essential part of life for every New Zealander. It allows us to access economic and social opportunities within New Zealand and across the globe. As the government’s chief policy adviser on transport, the policy issues the Ministry considers are growing in priority and complexity and we’re looking for talented people to help shape our transport system.

We are looking for Policy Advisers and currently have vacancies in the following teams:

  • Investment (Auckland and Wellington): over the next 10 years, around $45 billion will be spent on land transport investment. Our Investment team provides advice to Government to shape this expenditure. As transport investments have long lead times, high costs and leave long legacies, members of the Investment team think both about today’s transport challenges as well as those we will face well into the future.

  • Strategic Policy & Innovation: work on developing high-level strategies for the transport system, and ensuring that we have a shared strategic direction for transport in New Zealand. The team also work to understand the role that new and emerging technologies, such as unmanned aircraft and driverless vehicles, could play in our future transport system. This includes understanding the regulatory implications of new technologies and ensuring that New Zealand’s investment and regulatory frameworks support the use of innovative technologies where they can help us achieve our transport objectives.

  • Mobility & Safety: Focusses on ensuring that New Zealand’s road transport system is safe and accessible for all road users. The work of this team directly affects all New Zealanders, and is a key priority for the Ministry and the Government.

We are a small but far-reaching agency and our busy, varied work programme means you will have exposure to a wide range of policy work and senior stakeholders, helping you expand your policy skills.  As Policy Adviser, you will bring your ability to work independently and manage priorities. You will also contribute to the wider policy team through your strong analytical and organisational skills, and ability to work on multiple tasks/initiatives to deliver to deadlines. We’re looking for people with:

  • A ‘can do' attitude, and people wanting to take ownership of their work to deliver the best results
  • Excellent organisational, oral presentation and written communication skills.
  • Report writing, planning, problem-solving, and time management skills.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to analyse and organise data.
  • Ability to work both in a team situation and autonomously.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify issues and solutions in producing deliverables.
  • The ability to adapt to new environments and to assimilate information quickly. 

We have a strong focus on professional development, and you'll receive plenty of support to take ownership of your role.

To express your interest, please apply via the link below including a cover letter and your full CV.  Please confirm in your cover letter your interest in a role within a particular team(s), or whether you are open to being considered for any of the current vacancies. 

Permanent – Full time

Job no: GJAO80379

Location: Wellington, Auckland

Closing Date: Until positions are filled