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Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10720713
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Job Title: Deputy Secretary
Division: Global Cooperation, Development and Partnerships
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 3
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: Job Ref: 007/2018

Job Description


The Deputy Secretary is responsible for the Global Cooperation, Development and Partnerships Group. You will provide strategic leadership, management and policy advice to drive the Group’s key role in advancing Australia’s interests by working with multilateral institutions and forums, states and other partners to support a rules-based international order and shape responses to global challenges.

In the context of an increasingly complex and volatile international environment, you will provide clear policy direction and strategies, as well as manage risks, to strengthen Australia’s global partnerships.

You will lead Australia’s international policy engagement and cooperation with partners in contributing to global efforts to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and achieve the sustainable development goals. You will have responsibility for the Department’s work on public diplomacy, communications and effective use of Australia’s soft power to build Australia’s international influence and shape outcomes on issues of importance to Australia.


Candidates must be Australian Citizens.

To be eligible for engagement, successful candidates will undergo a comprehensive security assessment. Employment in the department is dependent on gaining a valid security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment. This is a security-designated position and you will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance to Negative Vetting Level 2 prior to commencement.

Should you be successful in this recruitment process you will be required to undergo a security clearance. A face-to-face interview is a critical part of the security clearance process. This interview will be conducted in Australia, preferably in Canberra. Interviews cannot be conducted by video link or Skype.

Upon commencement in the position, you will be required to apply for a Positive Vetting security clearance.

DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS values and employment principles in terms of performance and standards of behaviour.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Candidates
In support of the Government’s Closing the Gap Strategy: Indigenous Economic Participation Agreement, the department is aiming to increase its recruitment of Indigenous Australians, and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

People with Disabilities
Under Section 45 of the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), the department aims to ensure its recruitment processes are inclusive of people with disabilities and strongly encourages people with disability to apply.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for people with a disability in our selection processes and for our employees in the workplace.


Queries about the selection process should be directed to Watermark Search International via or phone 02 9233 1200.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helps make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting Australia’s interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

We work to: advance Australia’s security; open up new markets and increase trade and investment; shape the regional and international environment in ways that advance Australia’s interests; deliver an effective and high quality aid program; and provide passport and consular services to Australians.

We are the lead agency managing Australia's international presence through a global network of around 100 overseas posts.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: Watermark Search International, 02 9233 1200,
Position Contact: Jennifer Rawson, Deputy Secretary, 02 6261 1879
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 PS08-Tue - 20 Feb 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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