Gazetted Vacancy - Executive Level 1 - Assistant Director - NDIS Governance Branch

  • Ongoing National Office, Tuggeranong
  • Executive Level 1 $106,077 - $120,410
  • Janaya Cox 02 6146 3004

About the Stream, Group or Branch:
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Policy and Legislation Section, in the NDIS Governance Branch facilitates the process for amending the NDIS’ enabling legislation to give effect to the development and implementation of policies that have the aim of ensuring an efficient, effective and financially sustainable scheme.

The Section is primarily responsible for delivering on the recommendations arising from the 2019 Independent Review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (the Act), including the NDIS Participant Service Guarantee.

The Section is also responsible for providing high-level advice and briefings on the legislative provisions relating to key scheme policy issues, including:

• eligibility and planning processes
• the intersections between the NDIS and mainstream service systems
• the integrity and financial sustainability of the scheme
• governance arrangements currently.

The Section’s key priority is working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to enable a nationally consistent approach to determining when a person is eligible for the NDIS and the supports provided in their plans.

This includes providing clarity on the definition and application of when a support is ‘reasonable and necessary’. Owing to the scale and significance of this work, the Section is currently structured as a taskforce, with an immediate priority of ensuring implementation of these reforms by 1 July 2021.

The section is looking for enthusiastic, professional and highly motivated people to work as part of this small dynamic team.

The successful applicant/s will:

• be highly motivated to achieve results
• able to work under pressure and manage competing priorities
• able to respond and adapt to new and changing circumstances
• maintain strong attention to detail
• have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Experience and a detailed understanding of legislative and Cabinet processes will be highly regarded.

Position Description:
Key duties will include:

• developing creative and implementable evidence-based policy design options to address existing/current issues and identify future enhancements to access and planning pathways
• managing concurrent policy and legal-related project activities, with a particular focus on driving and coordinating interrelated activities to meet project timeframes
• being involved in broader policy design activities for the future of the NDIS, including working with senior executives across the Stream
• preparing high-level written and verbal briefing products, including developing NPP’s and business cases, providing assurance on financial and legal implications of policy proposals
• providing DSS Legals with clarity about the policy objectives and desired outcomes of reform, to support the preparation of drafting instructions for the Office of Parliamentary Council
• shepherding formal authority and legislative processes to enable introduction of Bills to Parliament in the project timeframes, and facilitate the process of obtaining state and territory agreement to the subordinate legislation.

Eligibility / Additional Requirements:
To be eligible for employment with Department of Social Services (the department), you must be an Australian citizen. An applicant's suitability for employment with the Department 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 must also obtain and maintain a security clearance conducted by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).

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.

Type / Length of Vacancy: Ongoing

Contact Officer Name: Janaya Cox

Contact Officer Phone: 02 6146 3004

Contact Officer Email:

Application Closing Date: 04-Feb-2021

How to apply: