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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10755086
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Friday, 26 July 2019
Job Title: Assistant Secretary, Finance, Property and Security Branch
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 2019/197

Job Description


The Opportunity

PM&C is seeking a talented and highly motivated Assistant Secretary to lead the Finance, Property and Security (FPS) Branch. As the Assistant Secretary you will deliver insights that link financial results to business strategies, formulate budget management strategies and build strong relationships with stakeholders.

The role is fast paced, varied and presents an exciting opportunity to help ensure the Department is financially sustainable and its operations are underpinned by sound corporate policies and procedures. You will have the ability to contribute to and influence corporate strategy and policy by providing professional and timely advice on a range of corporate matters within a complex and fast-paced environment. You will also be responsible for PM&C’s property and security functions and will have an opportunity to work with the newly established National Indigenous Australians Agency in the delivery of some shared services.

As the Assistant Secretary of FPS, you will have a key role in supporting PM&C in becoming a knowledge organisation; technologically adept; flexible and collaborative; and inclusive and diverse – the four pillars of our transformation agenda. The transformation agenda provides a frame of reference for the work that we do, ensuring PM&C is a modern, collaborative and responsive organisation.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will need to have demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams within a large organisation and have demonstrated commitment to leadership that inspires, empowers and drives positive change.

The successful applicant will have a strong understanding of government and its processes and be able demonstrate excellent judgement and understanding of the broader operating landscape. Previous experience in corporate services across the private, public and/or community sectors is essential for this role.

We are looking for someone who:

• Will lead the development of high-quality policy advice across a range of corporate functions including finance, property and security
• Possesses a high-level capacity for conceptual and analytic work and demonstrates sound judgment and risk management
• Demonstrates strong communication and negotiation skills
• Has experience in developing and delivering high-level security products and provides broad-ranging and specialised security advice to stakeholders at all levels, internal and external to PM&C
• Has the demonstrated ability to establish and implement frameworks, policies and practices that meet all compliance and business needs to support the FPS Branch.

Accounting qualifications to the standard required for membership in CPA Australia or the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants is essential.

What We Offer

• A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.
• Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government with career development and networking opportunities difficult to find elsewhere.
• The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.
• We work flexibly in our Canberra-based offices in spaces that have been designed to accommodate a range of working styles. This type of working supports increased communication and collaboration, and encourages agility and innovation. PM&C staff have the flexibility to make use of activity-based working principles, allowing them to choose where and how they work in an open space, while using integrated technological solutions.



To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.

The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a NV2 level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.



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 the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

To Apply

Position Contact: Paul Wood, 02 6271 5089
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 PS29-Fri - 12 Jul 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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