Science and Regulatory Science

Lead and shape Australia’s health and aged care system and sporting outcomes through evidence based policy, well targeted programs, and best practice regulation.

Page last updated: 18 March 2016

As a graduate in the Department of Health you will have the opportunity to contribute to the better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

A health or science career - support Australia’s global health role

Types of degrees

Health, Allied Health, Natural and Physical Sciences and related degrees relevant to employment with Department of Health include medicine, pharmacy, nursing, medical laboratory science, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, public health, health administration, health information management, health services management, emergency management
  • Apply your scientific knowledge to create and develop evidence-based government policy, and targeted programmes.
  • Gain an understanding of how the Australian government prepares for an emergency response to international or national communicable disease emergencies.
  • Learn in a team environment and collaborate with a broad group of technical specialists from other departments and agencies, the private sector, and universities
  • Challenge yourself with multi-faceted complex problems to improve patient outcomes and health system sustainability
  • Experience how your work plays a greater role in the creation and development of government policy

Regulatory Science – work that protects the health and safety of the community

Types of degrees

A broad range of scientific degrees will help you in these roles. These may include chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, biology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, health practitioners, mechanical engineering, medical science.

Regulatory scientists and scientific evaluation

  • Help in providing assurance to Australians that the therapeutic goods approved for use in Australia meet appropriate standards of quality, safety and efficacy consistent with their risk
  • Apply scientific knowledge, analytical abilities, research, planning, and communication skills to assessing applications for therapeutic goods approvals or review
  • Work on issues at the leading edge of therapeutic goods innovation, including new therapeutic areas, manufacturing techniques and scientific advances
  • Be involved in international collaboration and work sharing initiatives with other regulators
  • Enjoy the support of a multi-disciplinary team of medical officers, pharmacists, pharmaceutical chemists, toxicologists, microbiologists, biomedical engineers, statistical experts and other scientists
  • Build and apply your understanding of Australia’s regulatory and risk frameworks, which protect the health and safety of your community
    Scientific evaluators – conduct regulatory and technical assessment of therapeutic goods, which may involve intelligence gathering, evaluation of technical documentation and data, collating expert advices relevant to the assessment, preparing clear statements of reasons based on the investigation findings and knowledge of the guidelines and regulations.
    All regulatory scientists undertake the development of new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy and quality and performance in relation to substances.