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Statutory Authorities Vacancy N.N. 10760555
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General Closing date: Sunday, 13 October 2019
Job Title: Deputy Official Secretary
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Yarralumla - ACT
Agency Classification: Deputy Official Secretary
Agency Website:

Job Description


The Office – Who we are

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General (OOSGG) is a small Commonwealth budget-funded statutory agency with staff located at Government House, Canberra and Admiralty House, Sydney. The Official Secretary leads an organisation committed to identifying and implementing innovative ways to support the Governor-General in carrying out his constitutional, statutory, ceremonial and public duties.

As an Office we are driven by Uplifting the Nation and we work hard to maximise the value we contribute to national wellbeing. We do this by using all resources available to us: our budget; our people; and the goodwill carried forward over time, to have an impact. We have the energy, drive and creativity of our team, and the public spirit and high standing of the Office in pursuing our work. Our Office values the opportunity it has to contribute towards building a stronger, more resilient and harmonious society. We see our role as imagining new and powerful ways to enhance the impact of the Governor-General’s work.

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General supports the Governor-General to fulfil his duties.

This includes:
• Planning and managing the Governor-General’s program.
• Management and maintenance of the official household and two official residences, Government House and Admiralty House.
• Administration of the Australian Honours and Awards system.

The role - Deputy Official Secretary/Deputy CEO/SES Band 1

Working in close partnership with the Official Secretary the Deputy Official Secretary is critical to the success of the Office in supporting the role of the Governor-General.

The Deputy Official Secretary is a unique leadership opportunity to work collaboratively to deliver on a transformational strategy for the Office. The position plays an integral role in the Senior Leadership Team and will be required to actively lead and implement an inclusive culture of change and innovation.

This position requires a high level of business management and leadership skills with responsibility for the day to day administrative operations of the organisation to support the strategic goals of the Office.

The successful applicant will have a deep understanding of government, outstanding collaboration and communication skills and ensure that internal governance, planning, policies, and systems enhance the Office’s capability and capacity.

The Deputy Official Secretary will be focused on creating a values based environment and a commitment to excellence.

This is an exciting opportunity for an executive who is passionate about making a difference for Australians.

Our ideal candidate will require:
• Evidence of transformational leadership, strategic thinking and building organisational capability.
• Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop a talented workforce and to promote well being and foster creativity and innovation.
• Extensive knowledge and proven leadership and continuous improvement in governance, planning, policy and financial operations.
• High level of interpersonal and communication skills with recognised credibility in building and maintaining meaningful relationships.
• Engage successfully with key stakeholders to identify opportunities to achieve outcomes and promote the organisation’s objectives.
• Established track record of building, driving and embedding cultural change and effective change management.

The following values underpin the way we work:
Impartial - The Office is apolitical and provides the Government with advice that is frank, honest, timely and based on the best available evidence.
Committed to service - The Office is professional, objective, innovative and efficient and works collaboratively to achieve the best results for the Australian community.
Accountable - The Office is open and accountable to the Australian community under the law and to Government and the Parliament.
Respectful - The Office respects all people, including their rights and heritage.
Ethical - The Office demonstrates leadership, is trustworthy, and acts with integrity, in all that it does.

Staff of the Office are employed on short or long term contracts; this contract term may be for a period of up to five years.



Only Australian citizens are eligible to apply, and the successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level and undertake a police check and pre-employment medical assessment.

A relevant tertiary qualification and/or experience in an executive advisory, leadership, management or business role.



How to apply

Review the position profile on our website.

Email your CV and a pitch showcasing your claims for this important role.

Submissions should be sent to by 13 October 2019.

For further assistance, please email or call +61 2 6283 3672.

To Apply

Agency Recruitment Site:
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS 40 Mon - 30 Sep 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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