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Education Vacancy N.N. 10577101
Department of Education and Training Closing date: Monday, 23 July 2012
Job Title: Group Manager
Division: Schools and Youth, Employment and Workplace Relations
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Canberra
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: Ref No. 320 | Several Positions

Job Description


The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) provides national leadership in the development of policies, programs and payments that assist millions of Australians, including the disadvantaged. Its goal is a productive and inclusive Australia. Its work spans many stages of an individual’s life: from early childhood education and care, through schooling, assistance to find work and gain skills, and fair, safe, productive participation in the workplace.

The Department currently has vacancies in the Schools and Youth Cluster and a vacancy in the Workplace Relations and Economic Cluster. DEEWR is also looking to establish an order of merit to fill other positions across a range of policy, program and corporate areas as they arise. As a Group Manager (SES Band 2) you will be a member of the senior leadership team and play an integral role in delivering the key outcomes and priorities for the Department. You will also play a key role in building organisational capability by providing intellectual leadership in your work area and in the organisation’s strategic agenda more broadly.

To be a strong contender for these important and demanding roles you will excel in working in complex and challenging environments and be an outstanding leader with a substantial record of achievement in policy development, national reform, program management or corporate services. You will also have the ability to influence and provide high quality advice, an impressive strategic perspective and quickly grasp complex issues. Your outstanding stakeholder relationship skills, collegiate personal style and ability to engender trust and respect will be complemented by sound judgement, intellectual rigour, tenacity and resilience.

Before applying, please obtain selection documentation by emailing quoting Ref. No. 320. Further information can be obtained by contacting either Karina Duffey or Tricia Searson on (02) 6232 2200. Applications close on 23 July 2012.


Applicants for APS positions must be Australian citizens and be prepared to undertake a security clearance up to the level of Negative Vetting Level 1.


These positions are located in Canberra, ACT.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Engagement will be offered on either an ongoing or non-ongoing basis noting the appointment to this role will be for a term up to 5 years as negotiated between the department and the successful candidate.

About Department of Education and Training 

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Our department has responsibility for the four education-related Closing the Gap targets:
• Ensure access for all Indigenous four-year-olds in remote communities to early childhood education.
• Close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous school attendance within five years.
• Halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for Indigenous students.
• Halve the gap for Indigenous Australians aged 20-24 in Year 12 attainment or equivalent attainment rates.

Also, many of our programmes substantially impact on the remaining health and employment targets.

We have a significant responsibility to ensure accelerated progress is achieved against all the targets. We are committed to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage and our philosophy is Indigenous business is everyone’s business.
The Department of Education and Training is committed to promoting and supporting workplace diversity and creating an environment that values and utilises the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

The department has a strong focus on our Indigenous employees and our Indigenous Leader and Advisor work closely with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employee Committee on recruitment, retention and career development matters that impact our staff.

We are committed to providing easy and informative access to our services and support programmes and work directly with our clients and stakeholders to ensure expectations are met.

We are committed to reconciliation and promoting and supporting workplace diversity to create an environment that values and utilises the contributions of people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, mature age candidates and people with disability.

The Department of Education and Training prides itself on being an agile organisation, promoting the Australian Public Service philosophy of one APS career, thousands of opportunities.

To Apply

Selection Documentation:,
Position Contact: Karina Duffy or Tricia Searson, (02) 6232 2200
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that the names of successful applicants will also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette.
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS26 - 28 Jun 2012 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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