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Health Vacancy N.N. 10719921
Department of Health Closing date: Sunday, 18 February 2018
Job Title: First Assistant Secretary
Division: Various
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Woden - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: Several Positions
Agency Website:

Job Description


The Health Portfolio works towards achieving better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations. The Department of Health has a diverse set of responsibilities and works closely with other government agencies, consumers and stakeholders to strengthen evidence-based policy advice and improve program management, research and regulation. It also plays a key role in supporting the Government’s objectives in the sports sector.

As a First Assistant Secretary you will support the Secretary and Deputy Secretary with the leadership and management of a large Division. This will include the provision of high level policy advice to portfolio Ministers; planning, development and implementation of major government and departmental initiatives; operational leadership and change management; and the establishment of strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including state and territory governments and major non-government organisations. You will also be expected to represent the Department in a wide range of public forums.

To be a strong contender, you will need to be an outstanding leader and manager with extensive experience in leading major change and providing strategic advice to Government. You will also have high level policy advisory experience relating to major government reforms, an understanding of the expectations of Ministers, the ability to inspire and lead change, and a proven record of delivering high quality outcomes in a fast-paced and complex environment. Your intellectual rigour and sound judgement will be complemented by first class communication skills and a personal style that engenders trust and respect.



To be employed by the Department of Health applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status pending the granting of Australian citizenship.
These are positions of trust and successful candidates will be subject to a security clearance.



One of the roles the Department intends to fill from this process is the position of First Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Health.

Before applying, please obtain selection documentation by emailing
Further information can be obtained by contacting Ian Hansen on 0408 306 769.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: Ian Hansen, 0408 306 769,
Position Contact: Ian Hansen, 0408 306 769
Apply Address: The preferred method of submission of applications is by email in Word format to:
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 PS06-Fri - 02 Feb 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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