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Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10748609
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Friday, 26 April 2019
Job Title: First Assistant Secretary (Affirmative Measure – Indigenous)
Division: Various
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


The department is seeking talented people to provide strategic leadership and management of a division of the department in Canberra. We are seeking to fill a limited number of positions as well as vacancies that may arise over the coming 12 months. Successful candidates may also serve in another senior position in Canberra or overseas.

These positions also contribute to the leadership, governance and culture of the broader department, including through demonstrated personal leadership, mentoring and engagement on cross-departmental issues such as the department’s diversity strategies, corporate plan, risk management and organisational capability. You will be required to manage a large and diverse team.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the capacity to formulate, implement and interpret policies across the range of the department’s functions and to manage complex programs. You will drive policy change necessary to deliver outcomes in support of government priorities, including those identified in the Foreign Policy White Paper, and manage key emerging risks. Strategic thinking, clear-sighted understanding of Australia's interests and a high level of conceptual and analytical skills will be important attributes. You will be required to represent and advocate Australia’s interests in international and bilateral forums, and to be able to establish broad networks of individuals who are likely to have insight into and influence on issues of importance to Australia. You will also need strong negotiation skills.

You will engage in a collaborative and productive way with other Australian and state government agencies on domestic and international policy issues. You will build good working relationships with ministers, the Secretary, departmental and public service colleagues and with the private sector and broader community. You will be capable of providing practical advice in a timely manner and be able to translate that advice into implementable proposals.

You will be comfortable working with departmental heads, ministers and senior government members in Australia and our region, and capable at arguing your position on changes to established practice

Your performance will be judged by results, how you lead and manage people and uphold APS and departmental values, including exemplary standards of integrity and professionalism.

The department supports flexible working arrangements, including part-time work and job sharing.

DFAT is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace where all employees are valued. We appreciate the experiences, skills and perspectives of all individuals. We actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds. Please refer to our Workplace Diversity internet page for further information.



Candidates must be Australian citizens.

This is a security-designated position. Prior to engagement selected candidates will be required to obtain an Australian national security clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2. Ongoing employment with the department requires the successful candidates to maintain a security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

A face-to-face interview is a critical part of the security clearance process. This interview will be conducted in Australia, preferably in Canberra. If you reside overseas, please be aware that you will be required to travel to Canberra at your own expense to undertake the security clearance interview. Interviews cannot be conducted by video link or Skype.

Depending on the role into which you are placed, you may be required to obtain and maintain a Working with Vulnerable People/Children registration (or equivalent).

DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS Values and Code of Conduct and the DFAT Values Statement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Candidates

In support of the Government’s Closing the Gap Strategy: Indigenous Economic Participation Agreement, the department is aiming to increase its recruitment of Indigenous Australians, and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

People with Disabilities

Under Section 45 of the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), the department aims to ensure its recruitment processes are inclusive of people with disabilities and strongly encourages people with disability to apply.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for people with disability in our selection processes and for our employees in the workplace.



Please note applications close on Friday 26 April 2019 2:00pm AEST

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

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 Foreign Affairs and Trade 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helps make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting Australia’s interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

We work to: advance Australia’s security; open up new markets and increase trade and investment; shape the regional and international environment in ways that advance Australia’s interests; deliver an effective and high quality aid program; and provide passport and consular services to Australians.

We are the lead agency managing Australia's international presence through a global network of around 100 overseas posts.

To Apply

Position Contact: DFAT Recruitment Team, (02) 6261 9811
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 PS16-Fri - 12 Apr 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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