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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10752645
Attorney-General's Department Closing date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Job Title: Financial Controller
Division: Corporate Services
Branch: AGS Finance
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Salary: $122,855 - $139,929
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Executive Level 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 1026/CSD

Job Description


The Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) have partnered with Hays exclusively, to offer this exciting opportunity. AGS is a group within the Attorney-General’s Department and is the Commonwealth Government’s central legal service. It is a centre of excellence and expertise in areas of law of importance to the Commonwealth and in managing complex, systemic and precedential issues for the Commonwealth. AGS has offices in every capital city and a complement of approximately 350 lawyers who practice principally in the areas of: government, constitutional and administrative law; dispute resolution and law enforcement; and corporate and commercial law.

As the Financial Controller you will actively work to maintain high standards of work, be hands on and perform tasks inclusive of but not limited to the following:

• Help to develop and manage budgets which address key business needs including an emphasis on revenue opportunities and managing costs.
• Identify and implement agreed cost reduction strategies and opportunities for AGS. Contribute to the development of strategies ensuring AGS remains competitive and achieves desired financial outcomes.
• Ability to interpret and apply complex frameworks or standards (for example accounting standards, tax regulations, Department of Finance / whole of government requirements, etc.).
• Prepare clear and concise written correspondence. This includes developing written materials for submission to the AGS Management Committee or other key stakeholders in AGS / AGD.
• Successfully develop, manage and get the best out of your team. Take an active role in the professional development of team members. Support and assist team members when work demands require.
• Be the key contact point for the external and internal auditors and ensure that all audits run smoothly and on time.
• Financial accounting including the timely and accurate production of information for external reports, general ledger reconciliations and transaction analysis. Actively manage WIP and debt to ensure business targets are met.
• Continuously monitor and improve existing financial systems and processes to ensure optimal business efficiency and automation.
• Actively contribute to the design, build, testing, change management and go-live of new systems / processes.
• Ensure all internal and external reporting requirements are met within desired deadlines.



To be eligible for employment at the Attorney-General’s Department applicants must be Australian citizens.

Applicants offered employment will be required to successfully undergo a police record check and be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance at a specified clearance level. The successful applicant must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information.

Successful applicants engaged into the APS will be subject to a probation period.

To qualify for this role, you must possess relevant qualifications and have obtained CA/CPA qualification.


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 Attorney-General's Department 

The Attorney-General’s Department serves the people of Australia, and supports the Attorney-General as First Law Officer, by providing high-quality legal services to the Commonwealth.

The department operates in a diverse and complex environment to address challenging issues. We have a highly-skilled and engaged workforce with includes practitioners in policy development and implementation and program administration. The department also has a large contingent of practicing lawyers, particularly within the Australian Government Solicitor, an element of the department.

The department is committed to having a flexible and inclusive workplace and recognises and values the diversity of the wider Australia community.

To Apply

Position Contact: Mark Robson, (02) 6257 6344
Apply Address: In order to apply for this position, please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to Mark Robson -
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 PS24-Wed - 12 Jun 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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