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Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Vacancy N.N. 10745894
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Closing date: Friday, 31 May 2019
Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
Division: Corporate Services
Branch: Financial Services
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary: ~ $195,738
Location: Canberra City - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1, Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 28388
Agency Website:

Job Description



The portfolio is led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon. Michael McCormack MP.
It includes:

• The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
• Airservices Australia
• The Australian Maritime Safety Authority
• The Australian Transport Safety Bureau
• The Civil Aviation Safety Authority
• Infrastructure Australia
• The Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency
• The National Capital Authority
• The National Transport Commission
• Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
• Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited
• WSA Co Limited


The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is seeking a high performing leader to join our Executive Management Team.
We are responsible for designing and implementing the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport, regional development and cities policies, programs and regulations. It supports the Government in achieving a strong economy and thriving communities, now and for the future.

We deliver against the following five purposes through eight programs:

• Supporting economic growth through transport
• Making travel safer
• Increasing transport access
• Supporting regional development, local communities and cities
• Providing good governance in the territories

Our Department is at the forefront of the Australian Government's efforts to secure the nation's economic future and improve living standards.

We are responsible for the design and implementation of the Australian Government’s infrastructure, transport and regional development policies and programs. We oversee the Government’s 10 year $75 billion infrastructure plan for Australia, including the $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project and the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport. The policy and investment programs contribute to economic growth through transport, making travel safer and supporting regional development, local communities and cities.

To achieve the purposes outlined in our Corporate Plan, we will administer funding of $9.6 billion on behalf of the Government in 2018 – 2019 across all programs.

OUR 2018 - 2019 BUDGET

Program funding for 2018-19 includes:

• Infrastructure Investment $ 605.0 m
• National Partnership Payment(Infrastructure Investment) $ 5,548.0 m
• Surface Transport $ 432.6 m
• Road Safety $ 4.0 m
• Air Transport $ 339.9 m
• Regional Development $ 1,017.5 m
• National Partnership Payment (Regional Development) $ 176.9 m
• Local Government $ 1,249.0 m
• Cities $ 25.0 m
• Service to Territories $ 198.1 m


Our governance framework promotes the principles of good governance and encourages all employees to be accountable for their actions, focus on high standards of performance, strive for excellence, and ensure the efficient, effective and ethical management of resources. This framework includes a number of committees including the Executive Board, the Audit Committee, Finance and Operations Committee, Performance and Reporting Committee and Risk Management.


The Chief Financial Officer is a pivotal role, and in this position you will be expected to:

• Assume overall responsibility for the Department’s finances, including the development of effective financial management frameworks and oversight of large-scale budgets.
• Develop and implement sophisticated financial management strategies within a complex financial and budgetary environment and provide financial management and advice of a high order to the Executive and be responsible for meeting the Department’s statutory financial reporting obligations.
• Have highly developed management and stakeholder engagement skills and be able to represent the department at a range of forums. The CFO is required to interact on a regular basis with the portfolio Ministers and their offices, Secretary and Deputy Secretaries, portfolio agencies, central agencies and other senior stakeholders.
• Lead and manage the finance team in the Department, and provide general financial advice and direction across the portfolio.


Our SES Band 1 and 2 officers must demonstrate they are collaborative and agile leaders with the ability to drive broad transformational change, both internal and external to the department.

To be a strong contender, you will need to be an exceptional leader and manager with a proven record of delivering high quality and innovative financial management outcomes in a complex, politically sensitive and operationally diverse environment. Your appetite for prudent risk management, impressive strategic perspective and ability to manage competing demands and work to tight deadlines, will be complemented by the personal qualities required to engage with key senior stakeholders and influence outcomes through collaboration and consensus.

Specifically, we are seeking candidates who are:

• Visionary – attuned to the trends in the wider environment, scans the horizon and takes a long term view, shapes strategy to position for the future, adapts direction as new issues or insights emerge, and inspire a collective purpose
• Influential – wins the confidence of government and key stakeholders, navigates political landscape, persuades towards and outcome, crafts compelling story, and delivers difficult advice whilst maintaining relationships
• Collaborative – works skilfully across systems, networks and cultures, seeks diversity perspective and embraces difference, builds trust and finds common ground, balances competing interests and values, challenges constructively, and considers issues across and throughout the APS
• Enabling – mobilises organisations to get things done, constructs strong, divers teams, nurtures talent and builds capability, authorises and empowers others, provides support for taking calculated risks, and sets expectations for delivering on outcomes
• Entrepreneurial – creates a culture of innovation, challenges current perspectives, sees possibilities and opportunities, sponsors experimentation, and generates and delivers on new ideas
• Delivers – drives to achieve outcomes, ensures practical implementation, and adapts approach when circumstances change.

You will also have the following managerial and personal attributes:

• Have the personal credibility and team-building skills necessary to drive change
• Be able to manage complexity and act decisively
• Have well-honed strategic policy advisory skills and the ability to articulate a vision and implement a strategy
• Demonstrate a balanced and professional approach when providing strategic policy advice
• Have the ability to communicate effectively with all audiences, be articulate and persuasive and capable of guiding negotiations to a point of resolution in a facilitative way
• Have a record of embedding and reinforcing a prudent risk management culture
• Be capable of engendering loyalty and respect and generating a high level of commitment from staff within the Department
• Possess a high level of professional and personal integrity, and
• Have the drive, energy and enthusiasm necessary to make a major contribution to the Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities portfolio.

Additionally, candidates should be a CPA, Chartered Accountant or equivalent and be able to operate within the Australian Government’s financial and budgetary frameworks.

This position will be filled at the SES Band 1 or SES Band 2 dependent on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.


An attractive Total Remuneration Package will be offered to the successful candidate, with a substantial employer superannuation contribution of 15.4%.


Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:
• Citizenship: To be eligible for employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, applicants must be an Australian citizen. Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
• Health Assessment: The preferred applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
• Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information. You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.



Applications for this opportunity close at 11:59 pm (AEDT), Monday 18 March 2019.
In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria. Your application should include:

• A written statement of no more than two pages outlining your background, capabilities and experiences as well as how these align with the advertised positions; and
• A CV, to a maximum of six pages.

The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful as a Chief Finance Officer are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section. You should draw on these capabilities and behaviours when drafting your written statement.

Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system. However, if you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6274 6161 or via email to to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position please contact Ian Hansen and Associates on 0408 306 769.

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:

To Apply

Position Contact: Ian Hansen and Associates, 0408 306 769
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 PS20-Fri - 10 May 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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