Several Positions, SES Band 1 – Department of Education (Affirmative Measures)

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Applications Close:  29 November 2019

About the Department

The Australian Government Department of Education is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, international education and research.

We are committed to providing easy and informative access to our services and support programs and work directly with our clients and stakeholders to ensure expectations are met.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We are a dynamic, people-focused organisation where workplace diversity and inclusion is vitally important to us in creating a productive and harmonious environment for people to work. We recognise and embrace the diversity that each employee brings to the workplace, creating an environment of trust, mutual respect and appreciation.

Indigenous Business is Everyone’s Business

The department promotes a culture where Indigenous business is everyone’s business―across its work practices, values and business. All employees are supported through the provision of a number of learning opportunities to build their cultural capability.

The department’s commitment is demonstrated in our Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-20  (the RAP) and supported by our Indigenous Business is Everyone’s Business Committee.

This Committee, chaired by our Indigenous Champion is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and reporting progress of actions outlined in the RAP, as well as strategies to embed the department’s philosophy of Indigenous business is everyone’s business across all aspects of the department’s work.

The department’s Indigenous Liaison Officer (ILO) is available to provide cultural support to employees and managers. To speak to our ILO please email

The Department of Education prides itself on being an agile organisation, promoting the Australian Public Service philosophy of one APS career, thousands of opportunities.

Our Executive

The Executive Team includes the Secretary of the Department, Dr Michele Bruniges AM, and four Deputy Secretaries:

  • Mr Marcus Markovic, Deputy Secretary for Corporate Strategy
  • Ms Jackie Wilson, Deputy Secretary for Early Childhood and Child Care
  • Ms Alex Gordon, Deputy Secretary for Schools
  • Ms Natalie Horvat, Acting Deputy Secretary for Higher Education, Research and International and Indigenous Champion.

Profiles of the Executive are available on the department’s website.

Our Portfolio Agencies

As a part of the national education architecture, the department works collaboratively with portfolio entities that each have a specific responsibility under the Education Portfolio.

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority

Australian Research Council

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency


Further information about the department is available at:

Working in the Senior Executive Service

The Department of Education aims to provide learning opportunities for everyone, from children starting preschool to school and university students achieving their potential, international students using our quality universities, to the global impact of research. We want to be recognised for delivering and enabling quality, value for money education services to the Australian community.

The department supports the Government’s priority to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and functions to build a better future and improve opportunities. The department develops and delivers education policies and programs by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, respecting their cultures and building our own cultural capability.

We also proudly support the Government’s Indigenous procurement policy as a means of fostering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business and creating jobs and employing more Indigenous Australians. Our employees are encouraged to embrace and value the important contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make to our department and wider Australian society. The department’s RAP is a formal commitment and call to action for all our employees to ensure Indigenous business is part of their day-to-day business.

In line with these expectations, all SES employees are expected to model and promote the APS Values and Code of Conduct and leadership behaviours outlined in the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Integrated Leadership System.  In addition, the department has identified the following behaviours to which all its leaders should aspire and model in their own actions:

Set direction

  • Provide a clear and coherent vision and regularly communicate it.
  • Work as a team across internal boundaries.
  • Commit to continual improvement, take tough decisions and see them through.
  • Lead and manage change effectively.

Motivate people

  • Create and sustain unifying culture that promotes energy, enthusiasm and pride.
  • Be outward looking and inspire respect, trust and loyalty.
  • Drive ambitious results, celebrate achievements and challenge us to improve.
  • Seek feedback from staff and respond to it.

 Develop people

  • Manage performance proactively, transparently and consistently, reward good performance and tackle poor performance.
  • Expose staff to new opportunities and new ways of thinking and support them to reach their own career aspirations.
  • Identify and nurture leadership, identify opportunities to delegate and follow through, expect staff to take on responsibilities and support them to do so.

We proudly uphold the APS values and employment principles. We are impartial, committed to service, accountable, respectful and ethical. We support these values by creating a culture where:

  • we are consultative and responsive
  • we value learning, research, discovery and opportunity
  • we innovate to achieve our business outcomes more efficiently
  • we collaborate internally and externally to reach our goals
  • we lead by example at all levels and pride ourselves on being professional, high performing and innovative
  • we care for and support each other and value the skills, difference and diversity of our people
  • we celebrate our successes and learn from our experiences.

More broadly SES employees in the department are expected to advise and support the Government of the day on the full range of portfolio issues and to do this through the development of considered policies and the delivery of effective programs. The SES must also ensure that the department is meeting its legislative and governance obligations, is working collaboratively to deliver outcomes, and responds flexibly to current and emerging issues.  The SES has a broader role in providing leadership across the APS in the delivery of Whole-of-Government policies and services, managing in a changing and devolved environment.

The APSC is a central agency within the APS with a critical leadership role in contributing to the future capability and sustainability of the SES.  Further information about working in the SES is available at the APSC website at: APSC SES Information.

If you are new to the APS there are some eligibility and other legal requirements that you should be aware of when applying.


The Public Service Act 1999 requires all people joining the APS to be Australian citizens.  In exceptional circumstances, the Secretary may allow the engagement of a permanent resident, pending the granting of citizenship to them within a two year period or alternatively, the Secretary may waive the citizenship requirement for a role in the Department of Education.  If you think that citizenship could be a problem for you, please discuss it with the contact officer before applying for this position. You will need to supply evidence of your Australian citizenship prior to your commencement date.

 Health Assessment

Your employment is subject to a medical assessment to show that you are fit to perform the duties of your position.  This will assist the department in becoming aware of any issues you may have in complying with Work Health and Safety legislation and to provide a duty of care to you and existing employees.  It will also enable the identification of any reasonable adjustments that are needed in the workplace to accommodate you, should you have a health-related disability.

A medical examination will be organised for you prior to your commencement or as soon as possible after your commencement.  If you are relocating from interstate, your medical assessment will occur prior to you commencing duty.

 Character Checks

You will be required to complete a ‘Consent to Obtain Personal Information’ form (Police Records Check) to enable the Australian Federal Police to match your details with their records and prepare a report for the Department of Education.

It is important that you demonstrate your honesty and integrity by disclosing any previous or pending infringements. A police record check is also part of the security clearance process and the information collected for the character check may also be used for this purpose. Some positions also require successful completion of a working with children clearance. If this is the case, the requirement will be identified in the job description / advertisement.


This position will require you to be cleared to the level of Negative Vetting 1 as outlined in the protective security arrangements for the APS.  Wherever possible the Department of Education will seek to have the clearance process finalised prior to your commencement.


The Department of Education understands and respects your right to privacy and has safeguards in place in line with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988.  The information provided in your job application will only be used for the selection process and related procedures. Should you be the successful candidate, your personal details will be used in departmental systems necessary for the management and engagement of staff and your name will appear in APS Jobs.

Please note:  failure to satisfy one of the eligibility requirements specified above, or to produce relevant documents, could result in your offer of employment being withdrawn, your employment being terminated or disciplinary action commenced.

Redundancy Benefit

If you have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency recently there may be limitations on the department being able to offer you employment without prior approval from the Public Service Commissioner.

These arrangements do not apply to persons who have received a redundancy benefit from a non-APS Commonwealth employer, from a State/Territory Government employer, or from the private sector. There are no restrictions on such persons competing on merit for APS employment.

Private Interest Statement and Share Ownership

To avoid any real or perceived conflict of interest, if you are successful, you will be required to submit a statement of any private interests, including any share ownership held by yourself or any immediate family members that are relevant to the Portfolio. You may be required to divest yourself of any interest where it may give rise to a real or apparent conflict of interest. This is very important and you should talk to the contact officer about this if you are unsure.

The Position Statement

We are looking for highly motivated and experienced individuals to join our team at the Senior Executive Service (SES) Band 1 level. As a Branch Manager in the department, you will be a key member of the senior leadership team and support the Executive in the provision of advice to Government and in leadership, management and strategic direction setting for the department.

The department will use this process to fill vacancies in policy and program functions, within the following clusters:

Early Childhood and Child Care Cluster

The Early Childhood and Child Care Cluster is responsible for implementing government policy to build a sustainable national child care system that supports parents to enter and remain in the workforce while providing quality care and early learning opportunities for younger children, especially those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged.

Schools Cluster

Schools Cluster is responsible for national policy leadership in school education and delivering the Australian Government’s schools reform agenda. Our work aims to improve outcomes in Australia’s schools by focusing on quality teaching, boosting literacy and numeracy outcomes and parents engagement and by building the education base. We collaborate with states, territories, the non-government sector and portfolio agencies to deliver programs that will have the biggest impact on what and how our children learn. We also support young people to reach their full potential and make a successful transition from school to further education, training or work through a range of initiatives.

Higher Education, Research and International

The Higher Education, Research and International Cluster supports the Government’s reform agenda for the higher education sector: to enhance competition; improve quality and accessibility; and ensure sustainability of the sector. The cluster promotes high quality research and innovation that boosts Australia’s productivity through funding for research and supports greater industry engagement and knowledge transfer. The cluster drives the government’s National Strategy for International Education 2025 and works with domestic and international stakeholders to support the sustainable expansion of Australia’s trade in education services.

An order of merit will be established from this process to fill future vacancies in the department (valid for 12 months from the date of advertisement).

We encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds – whether government or non-government, public or private, domestic or international.  We want people who are passionate about education, dedicated to achieving excellence, and seeking to make a contribution to the public good in their working life. You will need to demonstrate you can think creatively, communicate clearly with passion and eloquence, and be able to build strong and trusting relationships with our Ministers and advisors, other Australian government agencies and other key external stakeholders.

You will need to show that you can be an outstanding public servant across the Australian Public Service (APS) domains of strategic thinking, delivery, team leadership and management, external engagement, and personal drive and integrity.

You should also show us that you’ll fit into our work culture, which is based on collaboration, trust, and respect.

Education shapes everyone’s life story – join us to help to create more opportunity through learning.

More information about the department is available at:

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

To be successful in these roles, you will need to have demonstrated leadership experience and capability, a strong record of achievement and excellent stakeholder management and collaboration skills. You will have a track record in providing high-level advice, impressive interpersonal and communication skills, professional credibility and the ability to win the confidence of staff and senior management. Your impressive personal style, focus on results and ability to engender trust and respect will be complemented by your personal drive and enthusiasm, sound judgement, intellectual rigour and energy.

In addition, you will support the Group Manager in the provision of advice to the Minister on a range of policy, program management, governance and corporate issues and in leadership and strategic direction setting. You will manage the development and implementation of major government and departmental initiatives, participate in departmental or whole of government forums and actively contribute to the corporate leadership of the department and to the building of high performing teams.

Qualifications and Capability Requirements

Relevant tertiary qualifications are desirable.


The successful candidate will be offered ongoing employment under the Public Service Act 1999.


Salary on commencement for an SES Band 1 will be negotiated with the Secretary and will be commensurate with skills and experience. In addition, successful applicants will have access to a carpark and superannuation contributions will be made on your behalf.

Other entitlements (in addition to your Total Remuneration Package) may include airline lounge membership, home office support, provisions for leave and relevant allowances (e.g. travel) etc, and relocation assistance (if relevant).


To be eligible for engagement to the Australian Public Service (APS), applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status pending the granting of Australian citizenship. There are also restrictions on the employment of people who have received a redundancy benefit from an APS agency or the Australian Parliamentary Service and who is still within their ‘redundancy benefit period’ or restriction period. These arrangements do not apply to persons who have received a redundancy benefit from a non-APS Commonwealth employer, from a State/Territory Government employer, or from the private sector.

There are no restrictions on such persons competing on merit for APS employment. Prospective appointees will be required to satisfy health, character and security checks. Please note that, with any vacancy, it is important that you check your own circumstances and ability to meet the eligibility requirements.

Confirmation of Heritage

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under Section 26 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016. This vacancy is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants within the meaning of Section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

Candidates who are applying under Affirmative Measures must have their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage confirmed.

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.

Satisfactory evidence is considered a signed letter with a common seal. If this is not available, the department may accept a signed letter without a common seal, along with a statutory declaration from the candidate and a Community Elder.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. You will be invited to participate in further assessment activities for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the RecruitAbility scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job.

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How to Apply

Using the information provided about the role and the person outlined above, your application should include a statement of claims (a short ‘pitch’ of two pages or less) drawing out why you are interested in the roles, what you offer the agency, your skill set, relevant career history and achievements, and your leadership attributes.

Please click here to commence your application.

If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact:

 Contact: Rachelle Towart

Details: Pipeline Talent

Phone: 02 80016603


Applications close at 11:30pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Friday 29 November 2019