Who can apply :
The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'.
This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander people.
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The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for centrally coordinated strategy and policy leadership in relation to domestic national security arrangements, law enforcement, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, the protection of our sovereignty, the integrity of our border and the resilience of our national infrastructure.
The Australian Border Force, an operationally independent body within the Department of Home Affairs, is Australia's frontline border law enforcement agency and Australia's customs service.
The Australian Border Force's mission is to protect Australia's border and facilitate the legitimate movement of people and goods across it.
Overview of the Branch and Section :
Strategy Division is an exciting, innovative and rewarding place to work. We lead on a range of priority policy challenges and cutting-edge issues to help Ministers and senior executives protect Australia’s national security, prosperity and unity.
We use our birds-eye view of the Portfolio to develop strategic policy advice and economic advice across a wide variety of policy domains.
Our topics range from cyber security and maritime security to grey-zone conflict and the nexus of economics and national security.
We operate in a dynamic environment and deliver future-focused advice in response to the priorities of Government and our Ministers.
Our culture is one of cooperation, trust, respect, and collegiality. We are looking for people who want to solve complex problems, drive and deliver initiatives and foster a positive team culture concurrently.
The Division harnesses and grows the capabilities of our people, enabling good ideas to deliver outcomes. We draw on a range of skills, including creative policy development, economic modelling, capability planning, futures thinking, cyber security policy expertise, structured analytical techniques and scenario planning.
We work across all areas of the Department and in close partnership with Portfolio agencies to deliver holistic advice. We partner with industry, research Organisations and other Government agencies to improve the quality of our advice to the Government.
There are a range of positions to be filled across the Strategy Division. Roles will likely be available in all four Branches within the Division :
Our people work on a range of diverse content, including grey-zone conflict, climate security, space security and strategy in the Indo-Pacific.
We also undertake futures and trends analysis and lead the Department’s strategic partnerships
The Branch works across the Australian Government, state and territory governments, international partners and industry stakeholders to achieve a range of cyber policy outcomes.
Our people work on a range of diverse policy initiatives, including cyber security reforms across the whole of the digital economy, advice on responding to malicious cyber activity and tackling the global challenge of ransomware
The work of the Branch informs and guides the development of future capabilities enabling the Portfolio and the Government to make strategically-aligned, integrated and prioritised capability investments
The Branch enhances long term strategic, policy and operational guidance contributing a strong economic data-centric evidence base for Home Affairs’ policy development.
About the role :
As an EL1 within Strategy Division, you can expect a dynamic and proactive environment that encourages problem solving and innovative bold ideas.
You will be able to both work autonomously and collaboratively to deliver key initiatives and drive ongoing programs, in line with current priorities and in response to emerging and future threat vectors and opportunities.
As a member of the Executive leadership team, you will demonstrate resilience and provide meaningful direction within your team by applying sound judgement, strategic awareness and strong stakeholder engagement skills to effectively translate priorities into high-quality business processes, outputs and outcomes within agreed timeframes.
EL1 officers are responsible for supervising a small team of APS staff members with different levels of expertise and attributes in an operating environment that supports flexible working arrangements.
Officers in this role work under limited direction to provide specialised advice and support on moderately complex policy matters in alignment with clearly established strategic priorities and procedures.
You will draft briefs and submissions and maintain accurate records of policy advice and decisions.
Our ideal candidate :
We are looking for dynamic and motivated staff who will contribute to the delivery of innovative policy outcomes for the Portfolio.
The successful candidates will build strong subject matter expertise to support the strategic analysis of policy options.
They will engage with risk to help business areas develop solutions to critical problems within the Portfolio’s funding envelope.
They will be confident and able communicators with strong representation skills. They will work collaboratively and support productive working relationships internally and more broadly across the Government.
They will demonstrate sound judgement and commitment to delivering quality outcomes in a dynamic work environment.
Specific duties / responsibilities :
As an EL1 within Strategy Division, you will be required to :
Role requirements / qualifications :
While not mandatory, the following experience and / or qualifications would be highly desirable for some positions :
Applicant response :
As part of your application, you will be required to prepare a response document (minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format), which you will upload in the next section.
Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.
Please prepare a one-page Applicant Response in relation to the advertised role, outlining :
Evidence of Heritage :
Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide confirmation of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
A confirmation must stipulate that a person :
Confirmation of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander heritage can be provided by a wide range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and bodies, and commonly include, but are not limited to, the following :
How to apply :
Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level Standards relevant to the classification you are applying to.
It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership System information relevant to the classification. You are required to submit your application in Home Affairs' online recruitment system (ourPeople).
As part of your application you will need to provide :
Eligibility and Specific Conditions of Employment
To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must :
To be eligible to work in some roles, you may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any COVID-19 booster dose to maintain an 'up-to-date' status).
Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders / directions or other legislation, if a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable period, they may not be offered that role.