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Communications and the Arts Vacancy N.N. 10766088
Department of Communications and the Arts Closing date: Sunday, 15 December 2019
Job Title: Assistant Secretary, Strategy Branch
Division: Strategy and Research
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Acton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


As the Assistant Secretary, Strategy you will lead a branch that plays an integral role in delivering outcomes and priorities outlined in the Corporate Plan and key strategic documents of the Department. You will be responsible for the provision of advice to government on policy settings, market changes, program management, and stakeholder engagement. You will be required to work closely with portfolio and other government agencies, industry and community groups, Ministers and their offices.

As a member of our SES team at the Band 1 classification, you will be required to:

• Lead strategic policy delivery capability to provide advice on emerging priority issues.
• Provide high-level and strategic advice to Government, set direction and drive performance to achieve outcomes in a complex and challenging environment.
• Build and maintain effective and productive networks across portfolio agencies, government, academia, the private sector and international organisations.
• Ensure there are effective governance and quality assurance protocols and business planning arrangements to support the delivery of timely and high quality outputs.
• Provide overall leadership of staff within the Branch - build and develop a high performing team to deliver on the core priorities of the Branch and across the Division and Department.
• As part of the Department’s Senior leadership group, contribute to the development and implementation of strategies that strengthen the Department’s culture and leadership.
• Represent the Department at a wide range of government, industry and public forums, including presenting keynote addresses, Ministerial briefings and at public forums.

The position reports to the First Assistant Secretary, Strategy and Research and is based in Canberra. An order of merit with be established at the SES Band 1 classification as part of this process.



The successful candidate is required to be an Australian Citizen and hold or be able to hold a Negative Vetting 2 security clearance.


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 Communications and the Arts 

We are the lead agency to Government on communications and the arts. Our aim is to create an environment in which all Australians have access to high quality communications services and diverse artistic and cultural experiences. We are an inclusive and supportive workplace that values, respects and promotes diversity. If you’re interested in joining our team, we invite you to submit your application.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: Please obtain selection criteria via the website
Position Contact: Richard Eccles, 02 6271 1534
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 PS49-Mon - 02 Dec 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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