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Statutory Authorities Vacancy N.N. 10718441
Australian Federal Police Closing date: Thursday, 1 February 2018
Job Title: Coordinator Biometrics
Division: Forensics
Branch: Specialist Operations
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Majura - ACT
Agency Classification: Executive Level Employee
Position No: VRN 0898/17

Job Description


Applications quoting relevant vacancy reference number must be lodged by 4pm (AEDT) Thursday 1 Feburary 2018


AFP Executive Level


The AFP is seeking a highly motivated and suitably qualified person wishing to be considered for the role of Coordinator Biometrics, Specialist Operations.

This role is critical for the delivery of operational outcomes providing Biometric Services including; DNA, Fingerprints and Facial Identification to all AFP functions and partner agencies.

Reporting to the AFP Chief Forensic Scientist, the Coordinator Biometrics forms a key part of the Forensics Leadership Team. The role leads multiple specialist forensic teams while also providing leadership, guidance and mentoring across the Forensics portfolio.

The Coordinator Biometrics will be responsible for:
• providing operational leadership and driving innovation for efficient and effective biometrics capabilities that reflect stakeholder requirements;
• identifying, evaluating and supporting technological, policy and legislative change to enhance the AFP's biometrics capability;
• provide strategic direction to the Biometrics portfolio drawing on expertise and broad strategic awareness;
• provide technical and strategic advice to the AFP SES and government;
• building and sustaining internal and external professional networks and collaborative working relationships;
• ensuring financial and human resources are effectively directed to the achievement of business area outcomes;
• governance over a significant budget and strategic investment projects;
• representing the AFP at national and international specialist forums;
• using knowledge and expertise to guide, mentor and develop team leaders and members to ensure the sustainability of skills and knowledge in the AFP; and
• ongoing professional development and learning opportunities outside the formal education process.

The applicant will be required to have:
• formal qualifications or extensive experience and knowledge in a relevant science/forensic/technical discipline;
• experience/knowledge of the National Association of Testing Authorities’ accreditation requirements and quality framework under the ISO17025 standard for a forensic operating environment;
• highly developed communication and leadership skills; and
• sound contemporary understanding of biometrics and biometrics technologies, and an ability to interpret and manage complex issues as they pertain to forensic science in a rapidly changing and complex environment.

This position requires a Negative Vetting Level 2 (Top Secret) security clearance or the ability to obtain one.

Contact Officer: Dr Sarah Benson, Chief Forensic Scientist on 02 61333245



The AFP’s application process for non-policing vacancies consists of two-steps for non-AFP employees. (Existing AFP employees only need to undertake step 1 of the process).

Preliminary step: It is strongly recommended that you take action now to obtain a copy or copies of your driving history through the relevant local motor registry or Road Traffic Authority.

Step 1 Application:
• applicants complete and submit an online application;
• resumes and any other relevant documentation are to be uploaded to the application form and submitted before the closing time; and
• once your application has been submitted you will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the application with instructions on how to access the AFP Employment Suitability Questionnaire.

Step 2 AFP Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ):
The ESQ is the tool in which applicant’s character is assessed against the employment character standards.
Following the instructions contained in the email from AFP Recruitment confirming receipt of your application, the ESQ must be completed and submitted within 14 calendar days after the closing date of the applications.

Traffic History:
All applicants are required to obtain a copy of their Traffic History. If you have resided in different states or territories, you must supply a traffic history from each state or territory. You are required to include 10 years of traffic history and not older than 3 months from date of application. If you have a traffic history report from more than one state or territory, you will need to scan all documents and attach to your application as one.

Traffic history information is available from the local Motor Registry in your state or territory. Do not upload individual infringement notices or unofficial documentation.

You are required to inform the Recruitment Team ( of any offences, infringements or police charges that occur during the recruitment process.

Omitting to supply relevant details may jeopardise your application.

If you do not currently hold, and have never held, a driver’s licence you should upload a Statutory Declaration providing this information.

If you have lived overseas, or have travelled extensively, please provide a Statutory Declaration stating the period you held a licence and listing any traffic offences. If you did not hold a licence during this period, please provide a Statutory Declaration stating this information. Statutory Declarations can be found online.

You need to allow two to three weeks to get access to this information as a minimum. It is recommended that you request these reports at the commencement of your application.
Once the ESQ has been completed applicants will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the ESQ.
Interested applicants should refer to the Applicant Information Pack for details on the inherent requirements, employment character standards and required documentation to ensure they are best prepared to submit an application.

If you have any questions about the ESQ or Traffic History, please contact AFP Recruitment on (02) 6131 5555.

For more information about the AFP’s Employment Character Standards, please go to:

For information on these positions, and other employment opportunities in the AFP, please visit our website or ring the contact officer.

About Australian Federal Police 

The mission of the AFP is to provide dynamic and effective law enforcement to the people of Australia. It provides policing throughout Australia in relation to the prevention and detection of crimes against the Commonwealth, its laws and integrity, and community police services to the Community of the ACT.

As an inclusive organisation, the AFP provides opportunity for all Australians to fairly gain employment in the AFP. We appreciate that everyone is unique and acknowledge that diversity in thought leads to greater transparency and improved consideration in our decision making. To support our employees we also provide flexible work arrangements.

To Apply

Position Contact: Dr Sarah Benson, (02) 61333245
Agency Recruitment Site:
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS01-Thu - 04 Jan 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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