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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10578664
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Monday, 6 August 2012
Job Title: Head of Policy
Division: G20 Taskforce
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Barton
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 326 | NP

Job Description



The G20 is the world’s pre-eminent forum for global economic and financial cooperation and decision making. Hosting the G20 in 2014 presents Australia with a significant opportunity to influence global economic rules setting, institutions and outcomes and to strengthen our international engagement with the major economies of the world.

The G20 will be attended by the leaders of the world’s 20 major economies, up to 4,000 delegates and up to 2,500 international and domestic media.

The G20 Taskforce has been established in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and is responsible for the policy coordination and operational arrangements for Australia’s hosting of the G20 in 2014. In addition to the G20 leaders’ summit, the Taskforce may also be responsible for a number of preparatory meetings and associated events.

The Job

The Head of Policy will lead and manage complex and cross-cutting policy development across government, including international engagement and providing support to the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s sherpa for G20 meetings in 2012 and 2013 and Australia’s hosting in 2014. The Head of Policy will drive the achievement of strategic policy objectives domestically and internationally, working closely with other Australian Government agencies (particularly the Treasury and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and international counterparts.

The Head of Policy will report to the Head of Taskforce (the Prime Minister’s sherpa) and provide high level policy leadership and management to the G20 2014 Taskforce.

Specific Tasks

• establish and manage the policy division in the G20 Taskforce;
• identify, track and communicate progress on key Taskforce policy outcomes for the Prime Minister, working closely with relevant Australian Government agencies (notably the Treasury and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and key domestic and international stakeholders;
• facilitate a coordinated whole-of-government approach to planning and policy development for the 2014 G20 summit, that includes close engagement with senior officials from G20 countries;
• chair the G20 Policy Sub-Committee, with membership from relevant Australian Government policy departments, which will report to the Secretary-level Steering Committee;
• work closely with the Head of Operations in the G20 Taskforce on coordinating and delivering a number of preparatory meetings and whole of event engagement and outreach;
• work closely with the First Assistant Secretaries of Economic Division, International Division and other relevant divisions in providing advice to the Prime Minister on international economic developments;
• represent Australia at preparatory meetings and other international engagements and outreach after the June 2012 summit;
• be responsible for the management of relevant Taskforce SES Band 1 staff and ensuring that the right capability and capacity is in place within the policy group for the duration to the 2014 summit; and
• be responsible for financial and other delegations under the SES Band 2 guidelines, including overall management of the policy development, engagement and outreach components of the Taskforce budget.

Desirable Job Requirements

• A strong understanding of domestic and international economic policy; and
• High-level representation skills suited to Australia’s engagement in such international forums.


Applicants must be Australian citizens and willing to undergo and maintain an Australian Government security clearance at the required level.


Please note that all G20 Taskforce positions are non-ongoing. Current APS employees will be expected to return to their current agency at the end of the taskforce.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified task

Employment with the G20 Taskforce will be from the start of September 2012 until December 2014.

About Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

To Apply

Selection Documentation:
Position Contact: Executive Intelligence Group, 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 PS29-Fri - 13 Jul 2012 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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