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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10743650
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Job Title: SES Band 3 Opportunities
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time, Part-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 3
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 2019/020 | Several Positions

Job Description


Who We Are

We are a motivated and professional Department with over 2,000 staff operating across 100 different PM&C offices. We welcome people with diverse experiences and from diverse backgrounds. 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.

PM&C operates in four main groups:

• Domestic Policy Group (Social, Economic, and Industry & Jobs Policy) develops economic, environmental, social and urban policies.
• Indigenous Affairs Group develops and executes policy and programs to advance the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, liaising closely with State and Territory governments to ensure that Indigenous programmes and services deliver coordinated outcomes.
• National Security and International Policy Group provides advice to the Prime Minister and coordinates across Government on intelligence, defence and security, and foreign trade and international relations.
• Governance Group provides support services for government operations as well as official and ceremonial support. It also provides the Department’s key enabling functions.

We take a whole-of-nation approach working closely with communities, stakeholders and across all areas of government, and acknowledge the special place of the First Peoples of our nation. We lead the APS in rigorous and collaborative policy development, implementation and program delivery.

The Opportunities

The Department is seeking established and inspiring senior leaders with well-developed influencing skills from the public, private and/or community sectors to join our Executive Leadership Group.

SES Band 3 officers at PM&C are responsible for contributing to the leadership of the Department through active involvement in executive decision-making, representational activities and working collaboratively to provide strategic leadership and drive a culture of high performance.

As an SES Band 3 Officer, you will contribute to strengthening PM&C as a contemporary, responsive and fit-for-purpose organisation that provides outstanding service to the government and the Australian people, through delivery of policy advice and programme delivery.

You will play a key role in supporting PM&C to become a knowledge organisation; technologically adept; flexible and collaborative; and inclusive and diverse – the four pillars of our transformation agenda. The transformation agenda provides a frame of reference for the work that we do. A focus and commitment to transformation will ensure PM&C is a modern, collaborative and responsive organisation that drives excellence across the APS and delivers quality outcomes for the Government and Australian public.

This process will be used to fill an existing vacancy leading our Social Policy Group. The Group has oversight of a wide remit of policy areas, with particular focus on:

• Coordination of whole-of-government regulatory reform;
• Supporting government priorities for gender equality and the empowerment of women;
• Coordination of Council of Australian Governments arrangements; and
• Provision of advice and support for the Budget process.

Deputy Secretary Social Policy provides policy and program management advice, including advice on international engagement, to the Minister for Women.

We may also use this process to fill other SES Band 3 positions in PM&C, including in our Indigenous Affairs Group. A merit pool will be developed for similar vacancies at the SES Band 3 level which may be used APS wide.

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Our Ideal Candidates

As an SES Band 3 Officer, you will be in a position to make a significant contribution to the important work of PM&C. To be a strong contender you will be a dynamic leader with exceptional influencing and negotiation skills and an established record working at senior levels across the private and/or public sector.

As the roles involve high-level engagement with the Australian Government, media, industry bodies, senior private sector representatives, state government and Indigenous communities, you will have demonstrated skills in communicating with technical and general audiences, be adept at engaging with various stakeholders and building relationships in complex and culturally sensitive environments.

You will need strong business acumen, the ability to think strategically, be resilient, and forward-looking with strong personal drive and integrity. You will have demonstrated sound judgment and risk management skills, and possess a high-level capacity for conceptual and analytic work.

Our ideal candidates will have the capability to lead within a fast paced, complex and evolving environment to deliver on the PM&C mission. You will have demonstrated commitment to and practice of a leadership that inspires, empowers and drives positive change.

Occupants of SES Band 3 positions in PM&C are considered Officers under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and are required to exercise due diligence in complying with their obligations under this Act.

What We Offer

• A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.
• Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development and networking opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.
• The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.
• We focus on working smarter, through the rollout of ‘Working Your Way’ across our National Offices. Our environment, technology and culture is centred on an activity-based workplace, which supports more flexible, agile and collaborative ways of working.


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.


Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Non-ongoing employment will be offered for a specified term of up to 18 months.

Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian people and/or involve interaction with Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

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: Stephanie Foster, (02) 6271 5303
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 PS05-Thu - 31 Jan 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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