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Assistant Secretary

Department of Agriculture & Water Resources - Kingston, TAS

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Full Job Description
Senior Executive Service Band 1
Australian Antarctic Division
Kingston, TAS

  • Please note this role is based in Kingston, Tasmania and the successful applicant will be required to relocate. The department will provide relocation assistance to the successful applicant, subject to negotiation, in accordance with the department’s Relocation Assistance Policy.
  • The successful applicant may also be required to travel to and work in the Antarctic, the sub-Antarctic and the Southern Ocean.
Who we are
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is responsible for protecting Australia's natural resources, agriculture and way of life. We deliver policies and programs that drive strong and sustainable agricultural industries, manage our unique environment and heritage, and support our regional communities.

Our purpose is “Partnering and regulating to enhance Australia’s agriculture, unique environment and heritage, and water resources”.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is responsible for Australia’s presence and activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Southern Ocean. AAD leads Australia’s Antarctic Program. Australia’s national interest and vision for future engagement in Antarctica are set out in the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year action Plan.

The job
As Assistant Secretary for the Policy and International branch, you will be responsible for:
  • leading a whole of government approach to Antarctic and sub-Antarctic policy and governance
  • contributing to advancing Australia’s national Antarctic interests through the Antarctic Treaty system and related agreements, including protecting and conserving the environment and living resources of the region
  • guiding and delivering key elements of the Australian Antarctic Division’s strategic direction consistent with the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan
  • leading and implementing policy, programs, systems and consistent services to address organisational, whole-of-government and industry priorities for Australia’s Antarctic Territory, the Heard and McDonald Islands Territory and Commonwealth Bay
  • building a capable and strong workforce that delivers on organisational priorities
  • collaborating and partnering with internal and external stakeholders to shape services and solutions in line with the evolving priorities in Australia’s Antarctic interests
  • fostering a high-performance culture, whilst focusing on continuous improvement of employee and organisational performance and continuous communication
  • representing the organisation at external forums, meetings, governance committees and in high-level discussions and negotiations with key stakeholders and external organisations
  • providing high quality advice and support to the senior executive within the Australian Antarctic Division and the organisation more broadly
  • promoting integrity practices by displaying a high level of ethical behaviour in accordance with the APS Code of Conduct, APS Values and APS Employment Principles.
Please note that this role is being advertised as either ongoing or non-ongoing. If an offer of non-ongoing employment is made, the successful applicant could be employed for a period of five years in total. The merit pool established through this selection process, which is valid for a period of twelve months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette, may also be used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies where the duties are of a similar nature.

What we are looking for
To be successful for this role you will need to meet the Senior Executive Service capability for the SES band 1 level, and you will have the following:
  • Demonstrated achievement in successfully developing and guiding policy through government processes, including high level negotiation.
  • Demonstrated leadership of a team working on policy, governance or equivalent tasks.
  • Experience in working with international organisations.
  • Ability to demonstrate your collaboration and agility with a proven record of delivering high quality and innovative financial management outcomes in a complex, politically sensitive, and operationally diverse environment.
  • Ability to drive broad transformational change, both internal and external to the department.
  • Outstanding leadership skills, a substantial record of achievement and a reputation for innovation and delivery of results.
  • Excellent stakeholder relationship skills and experience in engaging with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to explore opportunities and solve complex problems.
  • Demonstrating a strategic perspective and ability to manage competing demands and work to tight deadlines.
  • Highly developed management and stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to represent the department at a range of national and international forums.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all audiences, be articulate and persuasive and capable of guiding negotiations to a point of resolution in a facilitative way
  • Demonstrated public service professionalism and probity.
Qualifications in, or demonstrated experience with, environmental policy and regulatory issues are desirable.

Kingston, TAS

Government, Defence & Emergency


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