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Home Affairs Vacancy N.N. 10658393
Department of Home Affairs Closing date: Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Job Title: First Assistant Secretary
Division: Several
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Belconnen - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: Several Positions

Job Description


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s purpose is to protect Australia’s border and manage the movement of people and goods across it. The Department contributes to achieving three principal government outcomes: strong national security; a strong economy; and a prosperous and cohesive society. Following the Government announcement in May 2014, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have been integrated into a new Department. A new front-line operational agency, the Australian Border Force, was established within the new Department on 1 July 2015. The Department is seeking talented and motivated people:

In the dual role of First Assistant Secretary and Chief Risk Officer, Integrity, Security and Assurance you will lead a Division that designs and implements measures to manage risk, assurance, integrity and security. This includes policies and procedures, investigations, protective, physical and cyber security, enterprise risk and assurance, internal audits and detention assurance. The Division also manages relations with the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Human Rights Commission and provides Secretariat services for various high profile panels such as the Child Protection Panel and responses to Royal Commissions. Ref No 492.

In the role of First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Services Division you will lead a Division that that manages shared services (human resources services/systems and financial), procurement and contracts and property and commercial services function. The Division has three branches:
• Shared Services Branch;
• Property and Commercial Services Branch; and
• Procurement and Contracts Branch
Ref No 494.

In the role of First Assistant Secretary, Identity and Biometrics Division you will lead a Division that provides enterprise biometrics and identity functions for all Immigration and Border Force operations. You will lead a Division that is focussed on improving the capability and maturity of identity and biometric services; focused on innovation and the seamless travel and trade experience; perusing collaborative arrangements with like-minded international partners; and partnering for intelligence-led, risk based identity management at all stages of the border continuum. As part of the Department’s broader agenda of enhancing capability and improving our outcomes, you will work closely with colleagues in the Intelligence, National Security, Compliance and Enforcement, Digital Transformation and Major Capability areas. Ref No 495.

In the role of First Assistant Secretary, Detention Services Division, Australian Border Force you will be responsible for infrastructure capability and the provision of services to the immigration detention network and regional processing centres in PNG and Nauru, and the procurement of services to support regional refugee processing centres and settlement services. You will work closely with the Chief Medical Officer/Surgeon General to the Department to ensure health outcomes and regional processing arrangements are effective and lead the implementation of formal arrangements with Federal and State/Territory police and correctional authorities. Ref No 496.


To be a strong contender for these roles you will need to be forward thinking, self-motivated, resilient and adept at building relationships in a large, complex and fast paced environment. You will be able to work through complex issues and identify innovative solutions. Your integrity, judgement, and strong leadership credentials will be paramount. You will have a strong focus on results and be adept at managing sensitive issues.

The Department may use this process to fill other vacant Band 2 roles in the future.

The successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a Negative
Vetting 2 national security clearance and a Departmental Employment Suitability Clearance.

About Department of Home Affairs 

‘Working together to ensure that Australia is prosperous, secure and united’

The Department of Home Affairs is a central policy agency, providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership for Australia's national and transport security, federal law enforcement, criminal justice, cyber security, border, immigration, multicultural affairs, emergency management and trade related functions. The Department of Home Affairs includes the entirety of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It also includes national security, emergency management and criminal justice functions from the Attorney-General's Department; the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; multicultural affairs from the Department of Social Services; and the counter-terrorism coordination and cyber security policy functions from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

To Apply

Selection Documentation:
Position Contact: SES Unit, 02 6223 9313
Apply Address: Before applying, please obtain the selection documentation from the Department ( ). Further information can be obtained by contacting the or (02) 6223 9313. Applications close at 5pm (AEDST) Wednesday 27 January 2016 and must be submitted to When applying please quote the relevant Ref No.
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 may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS48-Mon - 07 Dec 2015 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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