It’s a time of change at the Ministry of Transport.

Following in-depth consultation both internally  and with key transport partners we have landed a fresh new design and vision to help shape New Zealand’s future.  Transport impacts everyone and MoT is the policy engine room, advising how transport can better the lives of New Zealanders, whether that is enabling driverless cars, contributing to urban and regional development, or contributing to tourism earnings. We are looking to combine our key strengths with new talent to adapt to our environment that is complex and changing at pace!

To really get transport working the way New Zealanders need it to, we know that extensive collaboration will be the key – collaboration with our staff internally, and collaboration with our external transport partners. A small Ministry like ours gives you plenty of opportunity to gain experience and help shape the future.

There’s really no better time to join the Ministry, as we enter a whole new era of transport possibilities. From Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, to driverless cars and electric vehicles, the Ministry is at the forefront, enabling New Zealanders to enjoy new developments, and the environmental, economic and social benefits they bring.

It’s an exciting time for us, and you could be part of it. At the Ministry of Transport, you’ll make a real contribution to shaping how New Zealanders connect with each other and the world.

Policy Adviser/Senior Adviser – Strategic Policy and Innovation

There has never been a more exciting time to work in the transport sector. New technologies such as electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and unmanned aircraft are rapidly evolving. We need housing developments, land-use planning, and transport to be more joined-up to create highly liveable places. Transport will play a leading role in meeting ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. We also need to make travel safer and healthier, with new approaches to reduce the road toll. 

The Ministry of Transport is the government’s chief policy adviser on transport. We are a small, collegial agency, working in a fast-paced environment. The Ministry has an important strategic leadership role. Our job is to ensure that our transport system supports a broad range of social economic, and environmental outcomes, and is positively shaping the cities and places we inhabit.

We are looking for an adviser or senior adviser to join our strategic policy and innovation team. As a member of this team, you will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects across all aspects of the transport system. Your role will be helping us to understand the trends that will shape the future of transport, and helping develop strategies to ensure that we are investing in the right things at the right time to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Ideally, we’re looking for people with strategic policy experience, but we’re open to people with different backgrounds who can demonstrate an aptitude for strategic thinking or systems thinking and have a proven track record of delivering high quality products at pace. You’ll need strong analytical skills and the ability to write and communicate effectively. You will be comfortable working with ambiguity and will demonstrate a great attitude, initiative, and a genuine desire to grow your professional skills and experience.

The Ministry places a strong emphasis on professional development, and you’ll receive plenty of support to take ownership of your role.

Join this energetic, motivated agency and make your contribution to New Zealand society, now and in the future.

Please apply through our careers centre including a cover letter and your full CV. For any questions or for more information email

Permanent – Full time

Job no: CIAN80349

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Sunday, 25 March 2018