Departmental Officer

Department of Social Services

APS Level 6 - $80,463 - $90,441

Ongoing, Full-time

Greenway - ACT

Closing date: Thursday, 26 October 2017

3 days to apply

Job description


Delivery Operational Policy Branch is responsible for the ‘Closing the Gap on Indigenous Disadvantage’ Project. This is a comprehensive project that aims to specifically address the December 2016 Executive Management Group (EMG) decision to ensure the implementation of a place-based strategy to respond to the needs of Indigenous clients.

This project is crucial to compiling and maintaining a DSS policy response to the Australian Governments Closing the Gap (CTG) agenda in particular, the administration, research and stakeholder management crucial for the development of comprehensive CTG policy development.

This APS 6 position will contribute to a project aimed at strengthening and improving the effectiveness of DSS services to Indigenous Australians.

This role is an Affirmative Measures position involving a high degree of Indigenous stakeholder interaction that is required for comprehensive policy development and a high level understanding of issues affecting Indigenous people and organisations conducting business on behalf of the Australian Government.

Activities being undertaken by this role will include:

•advising on funding and partnership opportunities
•contributing to service arrangements and levers to improve outcomes in established services
•developing community stakeholder engagement plans and engagement tools and resources
•Indigenous capability development approach for Indigenous organisations to address risk of corporate and service failure.
•The role requires a person with demonstrated experience in engagement with Indigenous communities or organisations who is willing to work in a fast paced environment.
•Manage the logistics of staff undertaking complex assessment and transition processes for grants that will provide services to vulnerable Australians including a specific focus on supporting Indigenous Australians.


To be eligible for employment with Department of Social Services (DSS), you must be an Australian citizen. An applicants suitability for employment with DSS will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This will include an identity and criminal history background check.

Eligibility to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance:

The suitable applicant may also be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance conducted by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA). To be eligible to obtain a security clearance (Baseline, Negative Vet 1or Negative Vet 2) applicants must be an Australian Citizen.

Applicants also must be able to establish their background as checkable to be considered eligible for a security clearance. Any gaps or periods of time spent overseas for 12 or more months (cumulative) that cannot be verified by an Australian referee is deemed uncheckable, rendering the applicant ineligible for a security clearance. Background history must cover 5 / 10 years (Baseline / Negative Vet 1 or Negative Vet 2) of employment, education, residential, criminal history and anything else specified by the AGSVA. The suitable applicant must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information to fulfil this process.


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.

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:

For more information:

Anthony Cowley, 02 61462943

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10714309

Agency website:

Department of Social Services website