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Home Affairs Vacancy N.N. 10717855
Department of Home Affairs Closing date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Job Title: Chief Medical Officer/Surgeon General
Division: Health Services and Policy
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Medical Officer Class 6
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 60065645

Job Description


The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is actively building the capability of its Executive team as it transforms into the Department of Home Affairs. The Department of Home Affairs will be at the centre of strategic planning and coordination on immigration, border protection, domestic security and law enforcement issues and will be partnered with Australia’s independent federal security and law enforcement agencies.

As Chief Medical Officer / Surgeon General you will be a Medical Officer Classification 6 employee of the Department of Home Affairs, working within and accountable to the Australian Border Force. You will provide high level strategic medical advice and expert clinical advice to the Secretary of the Department and the ABF Commissioner on a range of portfolio health matters and ensure that the Department and the ABF remain aligned with Commonwealth health policy and responsive to emerging global public health risks. You will also represent the Department and the ABF in whole-of-government health matters and develop and maintain strategic national and international partnerships. As the principal medical adviser for the portfolio, you will be expected to work collaboratively with international partners to understand, assess and mitigate health related risks and ensure that the Australian Visa Programme balances the facilitation of trade, visitors and immigration with robust public health protections.

To be a strong contender for this important appointment, you will need to be a registered medical practitioner with a substantial clinical background and a comprehensive understanding of organisational and public health issues. Your demonstrated skills in the development and implementation of public policy and your capacity to engage with a wide range of senior stakeholders, will be complemented by a personal style that engenders trust and respect. Previous public sector experience is desirable, but not essential.



The successful candidate must be an Australian citizen, successfully undergo and maintain the Department’s Employment Suitability Clearance and have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at a minimum level of Negative Vetting 2.


Before applying, please obtain selection documentation by emailing

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

2 years with possible 1 year extension

About Department of Home Affairs 

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: Ian Hansen, 0408 306 769,
Position Contact: Ian Hansen, 0408 306 769
Apply Address: Before applying, please obtain selection documentation by emailing
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 PS51-Fri - 15 Dec 2017 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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