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Industry Vacancy N.N. 10742962
IP Australia Closing date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Job Title: General Manager - People and Communication Group
Division: Policy and Corporate
Branch: People and Communication Group
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Woden - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 6898

Job Description


IP Australia is seeking an experienced leader for the role of General Manager of our People and Communication Group.

The People and Communication Group (PCG) provides specialist Human Resource and Strategic Communication expertise. This includes specialist communication, strategic planning and change management support enabling IP Australia’s organisational culture, and driving external public engagement and awareness activities.

IP Australia administers Australia’s intellectual property (IP) rights system, specifically patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. The agency also undertakes activities to educate and promote an awareness of IP; provides IP policy advice to Government; develops legislation to support the IP system; and contributes to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally. Our work facilitates innovation, trade, investment and international competitiveness.

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The General Manager, People and Communication Group is responsible for driving digital and human performance to achieve objectives detailed in the IP Australia Corporate Plan.

We are seeking a person who can demonstrate a history of providing innovative solutions, is resilient and flexible, committed to excellence and has a strong record of achievement in supporting people and managing resources to achieve quality results.

You will join IP Australia’s executive team and participate in setting and achieving our strategic direction. You will be responsible for achieving the People and Communication Group’s objectives and be confident in your ability to lead effective change and embrace innovation and new technology.

Critical to your success is your ability to build effective relationships with staff, customers and stakeholders, as is an understanding of the importance of the relationship between the work of IP Australia and the Australian government’s broader agenda.

You will be confident, adaptable, possess excellent stakeholder and people management skills and demonstrate experience in developing multiple options to resolve complex issues. You will have the capability to contribute to effective governance in the organisation more broadly.

Ideally, you will have a proven track record in the following:

1. Leading and managing a large and diverse group of people in times of significant organisational change.

2. Supporting and building organisational capability and capacity in people, communication and change management.

3. Building and maintaining productive working relationships with key stakeholders to achieve outcomes.

4. Highly developed communication and negotiation skills with experience in successfully negotiating Enterprise Agreements.

5. Fostering and promoting high performance, engagement and motivation among agency staff.

The APS provides a work environment that enables and empowers employees to be their best, in an organisation that strives for excellence in supporting the Australian people.

Find out more about working in the APS:


Under the current APS staffing arrangements for the Australian Public Service, to be eligible for this employment opportunity, you must undertake a pre-employment security assessment and subsequent security clearance and be medically fit to undertake the duties of the job. Any offer of employment will be subject to the results of the pre-employment checks and employment requirements being satisfactory.

In addition to pre-engagement security checks, the successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance to the Negative Vetting 1 level.

About IP Australia 

Hearing and speech impaired applicants may utilise the National Relay Service on 133677 (TTY) or 1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) to speak with the contact officer for the position. Applications will be acknowledged on receipt via the online recruitment system. Applicants not shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment process will also be notified via email through the online recruitment system. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted regarding the next phase in the selection process directly. To those applicants who are not shortlisted, we extend our thanks for considering IP Australia as a potential employer. The selection process may be based solely on application and referee reports. Interviews may not be conducted.
Only direct applications from individuals will be accepted.
Applicants should note that all job documentation can now be obtained by visiting our home page
All applications should be lodged on-line through IP Australia's website:
IP Australia supports the principles and practices of workplace equity and diversity. Selection for all vacancies is made on the basis of merit.
IP Australia has a No Smoking Policy. The Policy requires that no employee will be permitted to smoke within (15) metres of any part of IP Australia premises at any time, including official meal breaks, while representing IP Australia and travelling on official duty.

To Apply

Position Contact: Terry Moore, (02) 6283 2344
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 PS04-Wed - 23 Jan 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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