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Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10758655
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Monday, 16 September 2019
Job Title: Special Adviser, Cyber Affairs and Emerging Critical Technologies
Division: International Security
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description



The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for a dynamic leader to head up a small team of committed and experienced professionals to drive Australia's whole-of-government international engagement to advance and protect Australia's national security, foreign policy, economic and trade and development interests in cyberspace and in relation to emerging critical technologies of importance to these interests. This role includes implementing the government’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy, playing a pivotal role in Australia’s advocacy for an open, free and secure cyberspace.

This is a senior representational role working in Australia and overseas with a wide range of stakeholders, including across the department, with ministers and their offices, other government departments, industry, academia and international organisations and partners.

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.


You will have significant professional experience and/or academic qualifications in the field of cyber affairs and emerging critical technologies, whether in research or in a policy setting. You will have a demonstrated understanding of the nexus between government policy and business imperatives. You will understand the critical linkages of the work of the department and the broader Australian Government agenda.

You will be a proven leader and senior manager. You will have demonstrated strategic thinking, sound judgement, clear-sighted understanding of Australia’s national interests and a high level of conceptual, analytical, negotiation, communication and representational skills. You will have a strong record of achieving results with exemplary standards of integrity and professionalism, and a commitment to the highest standards of leadership and people management.


• Lead policy development and implementation of Australia’s international cyber affairs agenda, including whole-of-government implementation of the International Cyber Engagement Strategy.
• Drive the development of foreign and strategic policy advice on cyber and emerging critical technologies.
• Develop relationships across Australian agencies, with foreign governments and with the private sector to ensure Australia has a strong focus internationally on the risks and opportunities in emerging critical technologies
• Provide strategic oversight of the department’s cyber cooperation program, which aims to promote a peaceful and stable online environment and improve cyber resilience across the Indo-Pacific region.
• Identify and champion change, make clear and timely decisions and communicate direction to all levels, creating a sense of purpose and contributing to the Department’s objectives and strategic direction.
• Recognising the globally networked nature of cyberspace, advocate and explain the Australian Government’s international cyber policy priorities to both international and domestic audiences.
• Manage effectively a small team of professionals, mentoring staff and contributing to their formal training and development.
• Contribute to the leadership, governance and culture of the broader department.



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 Positive Vetting clearance. 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).


Candidates’ attention is drawn to the department’s policy on recruitment or promotion to specialist positions. This position is categorised as “specialist”. This means you will be required to remain in this position, for a minimum of three years, before becoming eligible to apply for movement within the department subject to capability and performance.

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



Please note applications close on Monday 16 September at 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: Cameron Archer, 02 6261 9295
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 PS36-Fri - 30 Aug 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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