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 Branches 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 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.
Strategic Policy Branch shapes the strategic direction of the Home Affairs Portfolio, and provides strategic policy advice and guidance on key Government policy priorities, including through the use of forecasting and scenario planning, and strong partnerships with industry and research institutions.
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
Cyber Policy and Strategy Branch leads the development of cyber security policy for the Australian Government, and oversees implementation of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020.
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
Capability Planning and Development Branch works with stakeholders across Government to deliver fit-for-purpose, strategy led, and evidence based solutions to complex capability planning and development challenges.
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
Economic Analysis and Regulation Policy Branch provides support to stakeholders across the Portfolio on evidence-based economic analysis and the Government Deregulation Agenda, for policy, operational or other needs.
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 APS6 Strategic Policy Officer within Strategy Division, you can expect a dynamic and proactive environment that encourages problem solving and innovative bold ideas.
You will work independently, with the opportunity for reasonable autonomy, will be accountable for the outcomes of your work, and will exercise initiative and judgement in the delivery of accurate and timely outcomes that are in line with current priorities and in response to emerging and future threat vectors and opportunities.
You will also be expected to be able to build and sustain effective relationships with team members, actively participate in team work and to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop complex work and contribute to strategic planning, program and project management and policy development.
You will be able to identify, anticipate and respond to stakeholders’ needs and expectations to achieve work unit outcomes.
As an APS6 officer, you may also be responsible for supervising a small team with different levels of expertise and attributes in an operating environment that supports flexible working arrangements.
You will also be accountable to contribute towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development.
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 Government.
They will demonstrate sound judgment and commitment to delivering quality outcomes in a dynamic work environment.
Specific duties / responsibilities :
As an APS6 within Strategy Division, you will be required under broad direction to :
Provide high-quality policy, professional and / or technical advice in relation to complex and sensitive issues
Apply innovative and creative thinking to challenge conventional views, and facilitate the development of strategic, innovative and evidence based policy
Develop objectives for short-term tasks and contribute to strategic planning for longer-term initiatives
Use written and verbal communication to work in a dynamic team environment and engage with a variety of stakeholders
Anticipate and identify relevant internal stakeholders’ expectations and concerns and adapt communication style to present messages in a clear and concise manner
Manage, coach and / or develop junior staff
Apply strong secretariat, governance and project management skills to support the effective function of enterprise governance committees.
Role requirements / qualifications :
Strategy Division values a diversity of different skills, qualifications, perspectives and backgrounds. While there are no mandatory requirements, the following experience and / or qualifications are well regarded for some positions :
Tertiary qualifications in governance and public administration (or similar)
Masters or doctoral degrees by research or similar qualifications in an area directly aligned with the Home Affairs core functions or priorities
Experience in strategic analysis, risk management, wargaming, scenario planning, structured analytical techniques or workshop facilitation
Secretariat and governance experience.
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 :
How your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role
Why you are interested in the role and what you can offer us
Any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role.
Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide confirmation of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
A confirmation must stipulate that a person :
is of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
identifies as an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person; and
is accepted as such by the community in which they live, or formerly lived.
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 :
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical services.
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.