How to become a Policy Analyst

Policy analysts develop and advise on policies that guide the design, implementation and modification of government and commercial operations and programs.

Personal requirements of a Policy Analyst

  • Able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • able to work as part of a team
  • attention to detail
  • able to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • interest in current affairs and politics.

Duties & Tasks of a Policy Analyst

Policy analysts may perform the following tasks:

  • review existing policies and legislation to identify anomalies and out-of-date provisions
  • research social, economic and industrial trends and client expectations of programs and services
  • develop and analyse policy options, and advise on preferred options
  • assess the financial implications and fairness of policies
  • liaise and consult with program administrators and other interested parties to identify policy needs
  • prepare briefing papers and recommendations for policy changes
  • prepare and maintain policy and procedure manuals
  • advise managers or politicians on lobbying activities, when needed.

Working conditions for a Policy Analyst

Policy analysts usually spend most of their time indoors in offices, although they may visit other organisations to attend meetings. In some roles they may undertake fieldwork. Working hours are usually regular, although they may be long when working towards deadlines.

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