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Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Vacancy N.N. 10763685
Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Closing date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Job Title: Assistant Secretary
Division: Various
Branch: WITHDRAWN - Duplicate Notice
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 691 | Several Positions

Job Description


We are looking for highly motivated and experienced individuals to join our team at the Senior Executive Service (SES) Band 1 level.

As an Assistant Secretary within one of the department’s fourteen Divisions, you will contribute to the overall strategic direction of the department, including driving policy and program change and service delivery improvement. You will support the Secretary and Executive team in the provision of high quality and timely advice to government and in leadership and strategic direction setting.

Candidates should note the department is looking to create an order of merit and to recruit people from a range of disciplines.

Roles may include program management, program implementation, policy development, business process improvement, budget management, or other corporate functions.

The Position
Successful candidates will be expected to have skills and experience related to leadership, policy development, program management, change management and/or corporate experience. You will be an innovative thinker who is able to build collaborative relationships with all members of the Executive, the Minister, and other key stakeholders.

Knowledge and experience:
• Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or knowledge and experience will be favourably regarded.
• High level management and leadership skills working in a multi-disciplinary and large complex environments are highly desirable.
• Excellent stakeholder engagement and representational experience, including the ability to communicate with influence to a wide range of stakeholders.
• High level analytical skills including the capacity to provide evidence-based policy and/or program advice to support decision making.
• Ability to develop innovative solutions to complex problems, including the ability to anticipate and manage risks.

Please obtain the candidate pack by contacting Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey on (02) 6232 2200 or via email at, quoting job reference number #691.

How to apply
Your application should include a CV and a statement of claims (a short ‘pitch’ maximum 1000 words) outlining your skills, knowledge and experience and why you should be considered for this vacancy.
Applications must be submitted through the Executive Intelligence Group website


This is a designated security assessed position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 security assessment at the level.

Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.


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 Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business 

The Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is responsible for supporting economic growth, by delivering national policies and programs that assist Australian job seekers to find work, encourage small and family business to grow, and maximise opportunity through access to quality skills and training. We encourage and welcome applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

We collaborate with our stakeholders including employers, unions, employees, employment services providers, job seekers, the Australian public and other Commonwealth agencies. As policy advisers, we take into account broader economic, social and technological changes that will transform the way Australians work.

To Apply

Position Contact: Executive Intelligence Group, (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 PS46 - Fri - 08 Nov 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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