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Health Vacancy N.N. 10764779
Department of Health Closing date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Job Title: Assistant Secretary (Several Positions)
Division: Various
Branch: Various
Section: Various
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Woden - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 19-SESB1-2019 | 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.

Several opportunities exist at the Branch Head level for highly motivated leaders with outstanding policy, program management and organisational change experience and strategic vision. You will contribute to a range of complex policy and program management issues, including developing and implementing major government reforms. We have roles available in our finance and policy & program groups and technical expertise and professional experience in these areas will be well regarded.

You will also support the Secretary and executive team in the leadership and direction setting of the Department. Successful candidates will have demonstrated their ability and commitment to shaping the culture and capability of the Department.

Relevant Experience
To be a strong contender for this important and challenging role you will need to be forward thinking, self- motivated, resilient and adept at building relationships in a large, complex and fast paced environment. You will be able to contribute to and communicate the strategic direction of the Department. 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. With extensive management experience at an executive level you will be experienced in providing strategic leadership and direction, and building the capability of your team and the Department more broadly.


Appropriate tertiary qualifications will be well regarded.

To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made.

An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a variety of pre-employment check processes, such as:

o Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check, and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.
o Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where required).
o Providing evidence of qualifications (where required).
o Obtaining and maintaining a security clearance at the required level (where required).

For this role applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.


Applications close 11:30PM AEDT.

Applicants should quote reference number 19-SESB1-2019 to assist when making an enquiry.

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:
Position Contact: Blayne O’Hara, EQV Associates, 1300 565 010
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 PS47-Wed - 20 Nov 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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