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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10760400
National Indigenous Australians Agency Closing date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Job Title: Group Manager, Operations and Delivery
Division: Eastern Division
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Location: Woden - ACT; Sydney - NSW; Brisbane - QLD
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Agency Website:

Job Description


About Us

The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is committed to implementing the Government’s policies and programs to improve the lives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The NIAA recognises that each community is unique. Our team includes people across Australia who work closely with communities to make sure policies, programs and services address these unique needs.

We work directly to the Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP.

The NIAA works to influence policy across the Commonwealth. We liaise closely with State and Territory governments, Indigenous peak bodies, stakeholders and service providers to ensure that Indigenous programs and services are as intended.

Our Responsibilities

The NIAA was gazetted on 29 May 2019, with the Governor-General signing the Order to Establish the National Indigenous Australians Agency as an Executive Agency.

The Order gives the NIAA a number of functions, including:
• to lead and coordinate Commonwealth policy development, program design and implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
• to provide advice to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Australians on whole-of-government priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
• to lead and coordinate the development and implementation of Australia’s Closing the Gap targets in partnership with Indigenous Australians; and
• to lead Commonwealth activities to promote reconciliation.

The Opportunity

The NIAA is a newly established agency, which will lead and coordinate the Australian Government’s policy design, implementation and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

You will contribute to strengthening the NIAA as a contemporary, responsive and fit-for-purpose organisation and delivers on Government’s priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through high quality leadership and oversight of the Eastern Division, Operations and Delivery.

The role will report to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), Operations and Delivery and will be accountable for the Eastern Division, the responsibilities include;
• Leadership and Oversight of the Eastern Division which incorporates the regional teams of Gulf and North QLD, Far North QLD , Southern QLD, Eastern NSW, Western NSW (approximately 160 employees);
• Carriage of key strategic relationships including principle carriage of relationships with senior levels of the NSW and QLD Governments; and
• Leading Division wide strategic priorities and programs.

Our Ideal Candidate

The NIAA is seeking an established and inspiring senior leader with well-developed Policy, Operational, Administrative and Program Delivery skills from the public, private and/or community sectors to join the leadership team. Our ideal candidate will be confident, adaptable to change, possess excellent stakeholder and people management skills, and be able to consider multiple options to resolve complex issues to ensure government objectives are achieved.

You have a proven record of working collaboratively with your peers, (internal and external) and managing stakeholders across public, private and not-for-profit sectors. You will be innovative, consultative, resilient and personally accountable for the quality of advice and the delivery of results.

You are able to effectively identify and manage operational risk. You show initiative, sound judgment and personal drive. You work effectively under pressure in a challenging, dynamic and ambiguous environment to deliver high-quality advice and outcomes. You are a strong and effective leader of people who is comfortable in a diverse and distributed workforce setting, can manage and motivate staff and can develop and sustain a cohesive and high performing team.

The Group Manager, Eastern Division is considered an Officer under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and is required to exercise due diligence in complying with their obligations under this Act.



Identified Position

This position is classified as an ‘Identified position’ which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This position has direct engagement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers, or is involved in the development of programmes and policy. The position is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants and you will require a high level of cross-cultural competency, including:
• demonstrated understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
• demonstrated high level ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian people and/or involve interaction with Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

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

Position Contact: Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, (02) 6271 5880
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 PS39-Thu - 26 Sep 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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