Senior and Principal Policy Advisers, Mobility and Safety

Ministry of Transport

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

We are looking for up and coming OR high-performing Senior and Principal Policy Advisers to join the Mobility and Safety team at the Ministry of Transport. 

The Ministry of Transport is the Government’s lead adviser on transport policy. We are a small but agile Ministry – which is perfect if you are after a chance to shine! 

Our Mobility and Safety team has a wide ranging work programme, responsible for advice on domestic mobility matters (think policy settings to inform the use of public transport, walking and/or cycling) and safety (doing our part to implement the Government’s 40 percent reduction in death and serious injuries).

Much of what we do involves regulatory review and change – so previous regulatory experience is advantageous. However, we are also keen to hear from people with experience in strategic policy development – especially if you are keen to grow exposure to and understanding of the art of regulatory policy. Most important is your ability to deliver robust, high quality advice to ensure we continue to deliver our high-profile work programme. 

Why join Mobility and Safety?

You will get the opportunity to provide policy leadership, undertake complex analysis and develop innovative and practical policy solutions – with an eye on real world application. 

You will broaden your policy experience and play a significant role in cross-agency priority initiatives. Deliver reactive & strategic advice while also leading a range of regulatory processes – Bills, Rule changes, and amendments to regulations and develop new internal and external relationships as many of our projects require consultation. Most importantly, you will be part of a busy, collaborative team, with energetic policy minds and a proven track record of delivery.

Being a Senior Adviser

As a Senior Adviser in the Mobility and Safety team, you’ll lead projects that have a real impact on the lives of New Zealanders and speak to your work at Ministers’ meetings and Select Committees.

Some of the work you could get involved in is:

  • reviewing the framework that guides the planning and contracting of public transport services (the Public Transport Operating Model)
  • assessing the provision of services for people with different transport needs
  • delivering elements the Road to Zero Safety Strategy. This is a significant programme of work, including:
    • introducing a new regulatory framework and approach for speed management and setting speed limits
    • undertaking a systematic review of the driver licensing system to address barriers to entry and progression through the system
    • introducing new safety standards for vehicles entering into New Zealand.

The salary step range is: $93,956 - $132,643 based on your experience. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

Being a Principal Adviser

As the Principal Adviser, you will work closely with the Manager to ensure the team delivers critical work programmes. You will use your skills to lead, inspire, and develop the overall capability of the team. Your innovative thinking will help shape the work programme and identify new approaches or opportunities.

In this fast paced role, you will be responsible for providing leadership on road safety related policies, and drive successful implementation of the national Road to Zero Strategy and initial cross-government Action Plan. This will see you:

  • supporting team members as they deliver policy projects committed to under the Action Plan
  • leading the development of advice in our most complex, time sensitive and high risk projects
  • bringing a strategic lens to the development of future Action Plans and robust reporting on current delivery
  • engaging with agencies, stakeholders and Ministers on the delivery of Road to Zero.

The salary step range is: $111,686 - $157,674 based on your experience. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.


There’s a lot of opportunity here at MoT. We’re a small, friendly agency, working in a fast-paced environment on significant programmes of work. We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhances the Ministry’s working environment.

Download the position descriptions or visit our website to find out more about us or for a confidential discussion about the role with Helen White, Manager Mobility and Safety, please contact Elyse Irvine on 022 020 1914.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this role at the Ministry of Transport.

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Tuesday 27th July 2021. 



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