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Defence Vacancy N.N. 10754530
Defence Housing Australia Closing date: Sunday, 21 July 2019
Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
Division: Chief Financial Group
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Agency Website:

Job Description


Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is a Government Business Enterprise established under the Defence Housing Australia Act 1987. Our primary purpose is to provide housing and related services to Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families. DHA delivers its products and services in a commercial environment with a Services Agreement as the contractual vehicle in place between Defence and DHA.

The Chief Finance Officer (CFO) will assume responsibility for the strategic financial management of DHA and the delivery of improved and sustainable business outcomes through strong fiscal governance and astute capital management. Reporting to the Managing Director, responsibilities will include; internal and external financial reporting, management of regulatory and advisory taxation requirements, oversight of debt and investment portfolios, budgetary and financial advisory services, strategic portfolio and business planning, and valuations and research services functions. The role works closely with the DHA Board, the Board Audit Committee and the Board Property Committee.

Our ideal candidate will have:
• A proven ability to drive change through an organisation via strong fiscal management and strategy
• Extensive experience in managing large debt and asset portfolios, large development and construction projects, capital structuring issues, including joint venture and other partnering arrangements, and building robust business models, including managing interest rate risk and knowledge of alternative financing options available from the capital markets
• Excellent communication skills and be able to negotiate persuasively
• The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
• A demonstrated ability to shape strategic thinking and achieve results
• Excellent personal drive and integrity.

Some of the benefits of working at DHA include:
• Generous employee benefits with a competitive salary package
• Employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4%
• Flexible work arrangements, including family friendly provisions
• Benefits of working for the APS, while in an outcome focused Government Business Enterprise (GBE)
• A diverse range of interesting projects in high performing and collaborative work environment.


The remuneration package is negotiable and includes a base salary, potential performance bonus and Commonwealth funded superannuation. Employment with DHA is conditional on successful applicants demonstrating that they are an Australian citizen, meeting the required medical standards, achieving a satisfactory character clearance and obtaining and maintaining a security clearance at the required level.

To be eligible for employment with Defence Housing Australia, you must be an Australian citizen. An applicant's suitability for employment with Defence Housing Australia will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This will include a criminal history check.


To apply, please obtain selection documentation for Ref. No. 668 from All applications must be submitted through the Executive Intelligence Group website.

Contact Officer: Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey on (02) 6232 2200

To Apply

Position Contact: Tricia Searson, (02) 6232 2200
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 PS27-Thu - 04 Jul 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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