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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10721720
Attorney-General's Department Closing date: Friday, 16 March 2018
Job Title: Assistant Director
Division: Security and Criminal Law
Branch: Communications Security and Intelligence
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Salary: $99,970 - $121,638
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Executive Level 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 493445/CSB

Job Description



The Communications, Security and Intelligence Branch (CSIB), is responsible for Commonwealth communications access legislation and policy, including data retention, interception and electronic surveillance matters. The Branch is also responsible for cybercrime policy, and security and intelligence law. The Branch is comprised of three sections: the Office of Communications Access and Cybercrime; Electronic Surveillance Section; and Security and Intelligence Law Section.

An ongoing opportunity at the EL1 level is available in the Office of Communications Access and Cybercrime Section (OCAC).
OCAC manages the intersection between the telecommunications industry and interception agencies under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, including developing and adapting regulatory approaches to respond to technological developments in the telecommunications sector and responding to the evolving needs of policing and intelligence agencies. OCAC also has responsibility for Commonwealth cybercrime legislation and international engagement on cybercrime including online child sex offences, criminal cyberbullying and technology facilitated abuse.

We are seeking applicants with the following attributes:
• strong policy development skills
• high-level analytical skills, including the ability to consider and evaluate the effects and implications of proposed policy changes on existing legal frameworks
• the ability to work with a range of stakeholders and develop productive working relationships
• the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including the ability to supervise staff
• the ability to flexibility manage a busy workload to achieve results, and
• an understanding of communications-related technologies, or the ability to develop such an understanding, and the capacity to apply this knowledge to policy issues.


The successful applicant is expected to work flexibly on a range of priorities across the section which may include carrying out critical statutory functions relating to communications security, and work in support of domestic and international cybercrime policy matters. Specific work may include:
• stakeholder engagement on a range of communications security related matters, including supporting the telecommunications industry to understand and comply with data retention and interception capability obligations;
• assessing and processing interception capability plans and exemption requests, and data retention/variation requests;
• assisting to implement telecommunications reforms;
• supporting the development and passage of OCAC legislative priorities and the development of cybercrime related policy reforms;
• supporting Australia’s participation as a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime; and
• legal and policy research tasks on a range of cybercrime and telecommunications matters.

An interest in communications-related technologies and how such technologies impact upon government policy is desirable for this role.

We are committed to providing a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace. We are open to a range of flexible work arrangements including part-time, and flexible work hours.



• Applicants must be Australian citizens to be eligible for employment at the Attorney-General’s Department.
• The position requires an NV1 clearance. The preferred applicant will be required to successfully undergo a police record check and be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the NV1 level. The preferred applicant must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information.
• Successful applicants engaged into the APS will be subject to a Probationary period.
• It is noted that around from around March 2018 it is expected that OCAC, including this position, will transfer to the Department of Home Affairs as part of machinery of government changes.


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 Attorney-General's Department 

The Attorney-General’s Department serves the people of Australia, and supports the Attorney-General as First Law Officer, by providing high-quality legal services to the Commonwealth.

The department operates in a diverse and complex environment to address challenging issues. We have a highly-skilled and engaged workforce with includes practitioners in policy development and implementation and program administration. The department also has a large contingent of practicing lawyers, particularly within the Australian Government Solicitor, an element of the department.

The department is committed to having a flexible and inclusive workplace and recognises and values the diversity of the wider Australia community.

To Apply

Position Contact: Lisa Wyman, (02) 6141 2953
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 PS11-Fri - 09 Mar 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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