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Social Services Vacancy N.N. 10737203
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission Closing date: Sunday, 11 November 2018
Job Title: Director - Behaviour Support Research and Data Analytics
Branch: Behaviour Support
Section: Data Analytics Team
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary: $120,173 - $141,686
Location: Penrith - NSW
Classification: Executive Level 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (the Commission) is a new independent agency established on 1 July 2018 to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. The Commission is the dedicated national regulator of NDIS service providers in Australia and a non-corporate entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

The Behaviour Support Branch, led by the Senior Practitioner, is responsible for providing leadership in behaviour support, and in the reduction and elimination of the use of restrictive practices, in the NDIS. This is achieved through building capability in behaviour support, developing policy and guidance materials, education, training and advice, overseeing the use of behaviour support and restrictive practices, and undertaking and publishing research.

With a high level of autonomy under broad direction:
• Oversee the development of a research program, which identifies and synthesises research data to inform evidence based policy and practice, evaluates the effectiveness of novel programs and identifies strategies to facilitate the implementation of innovative programs.
• Develop collaborative relationships with academic, commonwealth and state and territory agencies, and other relevant organisations to develop priority programs of research and data analysis.
• Provide high-level expertise in the interpretation and application of research findings to policy development and guidelines consistent with best practice.
• Provide advice on the design of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards data analytics program, particularly for regular reporting and research purposes.
• Effectively communicate research and data analytics findings, including routine reporting on key Commission indicators, to all levels of the Commission.
• Consult with stakeholders to develop priority programs of research and data analytics, which can inform the objectives of the Commission.
• Provide expert advice on the utilisation of research and data analysis to the Commissioner and Commission executive via the Senior Practitioner.
• Engage effectively with other related bodies, including the NDIA and providers, to ensure appropriate information sharing arrangements are developed, maintained, and re-evaluated as needed.
• Provide leadership to the Behaviour Support Research and Data Analytics staff, including setting work priorities, and ensuring responsive delivery of research and data analytics projects and reporting.


A number of conditions of employment apply to candidates who are engaged to the Commission, which include (but not limited to), Australian Citizenship, Probation and Character clearance.

• An understanding of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework and the NDIS Act.
• A well-developed research profile as evidenced by research publications, conference and seminar papers, and/or research funding.
• Demonstrated commitment to using research and data to advance best practice in behaviour support and the reduction of restrictive practices.
• Previous management of a developing research program.
• Development of programs that use routinely collected data to inform practice.



The salary range specified above is exclusive of the employer superannuation contribution. In addition to the salary, a generous 15.4% employer superannuation contribution is paid for members of the PSSap and 15.4% is also payable to other chosen accumulation funds.

The Commission is a disability friendly organisation that offers interesting and challenging roles and careers to all people including people with a disability from Executive positions down. People with disability are actively encouraged to apply for positions in the Commission.

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 National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission 

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) is a new, independent government agency established on 1 July 2018 in New South Wales and South Australia to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.

We are passionate about our purpose: to work with people with disability, providers and the community to deliver nationally consistent, responsive and effective regulation for NDIS supports and services.
The NDIS Commission brings together various quality and safeguards functions into a single agency for the first time, and will have a suite of education and regulatory powers that apply across Australia.

With its head office in Penrith NSW, the NDIS Commission is progressively rolling out into every State and Territory by July 2020. The NDIS Commission commenced operations in in Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory from 1 July 2019.

To Apply

Position Contact: Dr Jeff Chan, (02) 6146 0676
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 PS44-Fri - 26 Oct 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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