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Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10748620
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Monday, 29 April 2019
Job Title: Principal Psychologist (Professional Specialist)
Division: People Branches
Branch: People, Performance and Support Branch
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


The department is seeking a talented, motivated and experienced Principal Psychologist to lead its Staff and Family Support Office, which provides professional advice and services to monitor and support staff wellbeing and performance across DFAT’s global network.

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.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience as a psychologist, with professional competence in a range of psychological skills and techniques of relevance to the Department’s mental health and broader organisational needs. Skills will include counselling, psychological assessment, crisis support, and organisational effectiveness.

You will have a demonstrated ability to develop and deliver policy and associated programs in accordance with higher direction and with a strategic perspective. You will also have a breadth of experience in cross-cultural issues/considerations in order to develop and deliver meaningful wellbeing related policies and programs in Australia and overseas.

You will have a track record of leading teams and managing resources to meet directed outcomes in a timely manner. You will have demonstrated your ability to mentor and develop staff and work collaboratively in different settings. You will be an effective communicator in written and oral formats, in both public and private settings, with solid negotiation and liaison skills.

In accordance with the values of the Australian Public Service, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the codes of conduct for Australian public servants and registered psychologists, the successful candidate will:

• Provide professional advice and leadership to influence strategic direction at branch, division, group, post and department levels and contribute to the Department’s operation and corporate agenda as part of the People Branches’ leadership team.

• Monitor and contribute to the wellbeing and performance of Department staff through individual and management consultations and directed organisational interventions, including critical incident response.

• Develop and manage the delivery and priorities of psychological and wellbeing support services for staff and their families in Australia and at Posts overseas.

• Monitor and mentor the performance of your team of specialist support staff. Included in this is the ability to identify and appropriately manage conflicts of interest.

• Develop and maintain internal and external stakeholder relationships and undertake representational roles on behalf of the Department.



• Minimum of Masters-level qualifications in psychology, with extensive (10 plus years) postgraduate experience.

• Registration as a psychologist.

This is a Canberra based position but will require frequent overseas travel, which may include high threat security destinations such as Baghdad, Kabul and Islamabad.

Candidates’ attention is drawn to the department’s policy on recruitment or promotion to specialist positions. This position is categorised as a ‘professional specialist’. Staff recruited to this position will be required to remain in the role for the duration of their employment with the department, unless they are successful in a subsequent merit-based selection process.

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 Monday 29 April 2019 2:00pm AEST

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term


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: Trish Vincent, Principal Psychologist, (02) 6261 2209
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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