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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10721269
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Thursday, 15 March 2018
Job Title: First Assistant Secretary
Division: Industry, Infrastructure and Environment Division
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 2018/021

Job Description


The Opportunity

We are looking for an experienced Senior Executive to join our leadership team. This high-profile role is fast paced, varied and presents an exciting opportunity to lead some of the Government’s key areas of reform.

This role leads a Division of approximately 30 professionals within the Domestic Policy Group, providing advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on a range of issues including innovation, infrastructure, energy and resource management.

As the First Assistant Secretary, you will work collaboratively across the public service and engage with industry, the community sector and academia, as well as state/territory governments to provide whole of government advice on a range of domestic policy issues and indigenous affairs.

As a key member of PM&C’s executive leadership team, you will also work across the Department to provide strategic direction and cohesive leadership. Our senior leadership team are committed to fostering a culture of collegiality, innovation and respect through their behaviours and actions. Our senior leaders support diversity in its many forms, and recognise and leverage the opportunity it brings to position PM&C for success.

A merit pool will be created from this process, which may be used to fill appropriate positions within 12 months from the advertisement date of this process.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful you will require an ability to drive implementation of priorities, identify and analyse new and emerging policy issues, and understand PM&C’s role in setting and delivering policy directions.

You will be an experienced leader with excellent influencing and negotiation skills, who is adept at building relationships across the public service, community sector, industry, academia, and Ministers’ offices. You will possess the ability to develop innovative solutions to problems and apply sound judgement to provide well founded advice to Government. You will be able to communicate clearly and succinctly with Ministers and senior decision makers. You will also have the confidence, maturity and capability to participate as a member of the Department’s executive leadership team.

You will be able to lead and manage a team of professionals, motivating them to bring their best to their role. You will display an inclusive, collegiate approach to leadership.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

The occupant of this position is considered an Officer under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and is required to exercise due diligence in complying with their obligations under this Act. They are also required to exercise the appropriate powers, authority, delegations and discretions under the relevant legislation including the Public Service Act 1999 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.



To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.

The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a NV2 level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.



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 the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

To Apply

Position Contact: Ellie Potter, (02) 6271 5923
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 PS09-Thu - 01 Mar 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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