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Health Vacancy N.N. 10758973
Department of Health Closing date: Sunday, 22 September 2019
Job Title: First Assistant Secretary
Division: Various
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Woden - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: Several Positions
Agency Website:

Job Description


The Department of Health (the Department) is seeking talented and experienced executives to join its senior leadership team to help ensure that we respond to current and emerging challenges to the health of Australians, our health and aged care system, and the government’s objectives in relation to sport. We work as a team to develop and implement coherent, connected and evidence-based responses.

As a First Assistant Secretary you will support the Secretary and executive team with the leadership and direction setting of the Department. Successful candidates will have demonstrated their ability and commitment to shape the culture and capability of the Department. This will include the provision of high level policy advice to portfolio Ministers; planning, development and implementation of major government and departmental initiatives; operational leadership and change experience and strategic vision; and the establishment of strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including state and territory governments and major non-government organisations. You will also be expected to represent the Department in a wide range of public forums.

Several opportunities exist in our policy and program divisions. Technical expertise and professional experience in key policy areas of the portfolio will be well regarded. In addition, we are also seeking to fill the positions of Chief Information Officer and the First Assistant Secretary, Financial Management Division.


To be a strong contender, for these important and challenging roles you will need to be forward thinking, self-motivated, resilient and adept at building relationships in a large complex and fast-paced environment. Your strong leadership credentials and ability to engender trust and respect will be complemented by sound judgement, a strong focus on results and the ability to resolve complex issues in a public sector context, including by winning support, marshalling resources and leveraging relationships. You will also have high level policy advisory experience relating to major government reforms and a sound understanding of the expectations of Ministers. With extensive management experience at a senior executive level you will be experienced in providing strategic leadership and direction, and building the capability of your team and the Department more broadly.


Before applying, please obtain selection documentation from the Executive Intelligence Group vacancies page Ref. No. 679. If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey on (02) 6232 2200.

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:

To Apply

Selection Documentation: Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey, (02) 6232 2200,
Position Contact: Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey, (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 PS37-Fri - 06 Sep 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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