Research Administration Officer

Department of Social Services

APS Level 5 - $74,710 - $79,785

Ongoing, Full-time

Greenway - ACT; Brisbane - QLD

Closing date: Friday, 25 May 2018

4 days to apply

Job description

Duties

The NCLD was established in late 2014. The NCLD curates a longitudinal evidence base that informs policies and practices to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. The Centre manages four longitudinal surveys that collect information from and about the activities of individuals and groups in Australia. The four active longitudinal surveys managed in the NCLD are:

• The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey
• Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
• Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)
• Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA): The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants.

The NCLD will develop new strengths and capabilities. Following the NCLD’s successful delivery of the inaugural Longitudinal Data Conference, and the completion of the Review of Australia’s Longitudinal Data System in 2016, the NCLD is developing a program of work based on the recommendations of the Review to ensure the value in Australia’s longitudinal data assets are realised, especially through accessibility and articulation of findings to inform policy development.

To achieve this work, the NCLD will drive strategic engagement and collaboration across the research, academic, government, and not-for-profit sectors and will establish new systems and processes to improve data availability, custodianship, and use. This work is commenced in early 2017 and will continue through 2018. More information about the NCLD can be found at: www.dss.gov.au/NCLD


Footprints in Time is the name given to the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC), an initiative of the Australian Government. Footprints in Time is conducted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) under the guidance of the Footprints in Time Steering Committee, chaired by Professor Michael Dodson AM. The study includes two groups of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children who were aged 6 to 18 months (B cohort) and 3½ - 5 years (K cohort) when the study began in 2008. In Wave 1, over 1,680 interviews were conducted with the children’s parents or primary carers (usually the mothers) and over 265 interviews were conducted with fathers or other significant carers. Subsequent waves experienced strong support from these initial interviewees.

To date, Footprints in Time interviewers have successfully contacted and interviewed over 1,200 of these original families in subsequent waves. Additional families were introduced within our Wave 2 interviews and have shown a similarly strong commitment to Footprints in Time. Interviews are primarily conducted by Department of Social Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Administration Officers (RAOs). Interviews may also be conducted by other National Office Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff when required. The information collected is the property of the Department of Social Services.

RAOs travel to families to conduct face-to-face computer-assisted personal interviews with the Primary carer (P1), Study Child (SC) and other carer (P2 if applicable). As a number of children attend school, RAOs are required to conduct interviews outside ordinary working hours including after school, early evenings and weekends (as required).

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking two motivated Regional Administration Officers (RAOs) to conduct interviews with participants in the Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC). Duties for the position include:

• Conduct face-to-face computer-assisted personal interviews on an annual basis with the Primary carer (P1) and the Study Child (SC) and P2 (if applicable).
• Liaise with schools to encourage teachers to complete a paper-based or online questionnaire about the study child and school.
• Manage survey sample using the survey management tool (PaRMS).
• Manage allocation of incentives.
• Provide fieldwork status reports to management.
• Conduct field testing including piloting surveys and software.
• Monitor and plan logistics using SharePoint.
• Coordinate community engagement activities.
• Project management activities.
• Adhoc duties as required.

The successful applicants will be required to work in blocks up to 3 weeks in remote locations. The Department will supply each successful applicant with relevant equipment they will require to do the job. This may include an office, hire car and mobile phone. The Department will book and cover travel costs for the applicant including travel allowance. There is a significant amount of travel undertaken by the person in this role. Applicants must be willing to travel via air, ferry and road transport for extended periods of up to three weeks per trip. Experience using survey databases and Sharepoint or similar tools would be an advantage. Selection may be made from resumes only, please include two referees.

Eligibility

A current drivers licence is mandatory. A current Working with Children Check is mandatory. Experience using survey databases and Sharepoint or similar tools would be an advantage. Selection may be made from applications only, please include two referees. There is a significant amount of travel undertaken by the person in this role. The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

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.

Notes

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: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability.

For more information:

Rebecca Shields, 02 61462679

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10725638

Agency website:

Department of Social Services website

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