Position: Senior Research Officer, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research
Organisation: Department of Communities & Justice
Location: Parramatta
Work type: Ongoing Full-Time role
Salary: Departmental Professional Officer Grade 3, Salary ($106,672 - $116,531), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

Communities and Justice (DCJ) enables services to work better together to support everyone’s right to access justice, support families, and strengthen/bolster the promotion of early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research (BOCSAR) is a statistical and research agency within the Department of Communities and Justice.

About the role

The Senior Research Officer role conducts research into crime and the criminal justice system.

  • Evaluate the impact of programs on crime, criminal justice and re-offending.
  • Write research reports and briefing notes.
  • Present papers at seminars and conferences.
  • Provide technical advice to Departmental staff and staff from other agencies on research methodology.
  • Review research proposals and research papers by outside individuals and organisations.

About you

Essential requirements of the role

  • It is an essential requirement of the role that successful applicants are fully vaccinated and able to provide acceptable proof of vaccination status.
  • Honours degree or equivalent in statistics, economics, epidemiology, psychology or another discipline with a strong statistical component.

In addition to meeting the essential requirements, the successful candidate must demonstrate strong capabilities in:

  • Being able to conduct research independently, within agreed research designs or frameworks and timeframes
  • Using contemporary research software relevant to the role (i.e. at least one of Stata, SAS, R, SPSS, and/or NVivo)
  • Presenting research findings in a range of formats including written reports and stakeholder presentations

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  • Industry leading training with ongoing career development and support
  • Generous leave entitlements including flex leave
  • Diverse and inclusive organisation

How to apply

Ensure you include a cover letter (max 5 pages) outlining how you meet the criteria and capabilities of the role and attach an up-to-date resume (maximum 5 pages). As well as providing answers to the two targeted questions within your application:

  1. Please describe a research project you have recently undertaken. What was the objective of the research, the method(s) you used, and the limitations of the approach? (300 words maximum).
  2. What are some of the challenges in evaluating government programs and policies, and how can they be overcome? (300 words maximum)

For role enquiries please contact: Min-Taec Kim on 0466 338 909 or via email at

To apply click on the URL: https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/job/senior-research-officer-328020

Closing date: Monday, 4 July 2022 at 11:59 pm

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact our team on 02 9765 3042

Appointments are subject to reference checks. Some roles may also require the following checks/ clearances:

  • National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014
  • Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.


To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods.

This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.

Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers and other diversity groups.

If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Anjy Fayad on 02 9765 3042 or via email at and advise us of your preferred method of communication.

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Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

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