Gazetted Vacancy - Executive Level 1 – Policy/Program Officers – Welfare Quarantining Branch

  • Ongoing National Office, Tuggeranong
  • Executive Level 1 $106,077 - $120,410
  • Christine Culnane 02 6146 4103

About the Stream, Group or Branch:
The Welfare Quarantining Branch is responsible for the delivery of the Cashless Debit Card (CDC) program. The Branch consists of six sections:

• CDC Operations
• CDC Technology
• CDC Engagement and Implementation
• Evidence and Future Policy
• Legislation and Program Policy
• Northern Territory and Cape York Engagement and Transition.

The CDC program was established to test whether reducing the amount of cash available in a community will reduce the overall harm caused by welfare-fuelled alcohol, gambling and drug misuse.

The program currently operates in Ceduna and the surrounding region, South Australia, the Goldfields and the East Kimberley regions, Western Australia, and the Bundaberg and Hervey Bay region, Queensland. Legislation has recently been passed to transition participants from Income Management to the CDC in the Cape York region, Queensland and allow Income Management participants to volunteer to move onto the CDC in the Northern Territory.

Position Description:
The Branch is looking for suitably skilled people with policy and/or program management experience. Key responsibilities include:

• lead the development of key aspects of policy/program proposals, including the delivery, integration and implementation of the CDC program
• working collaboratively across the Branch, the department, with Commonwealth agencies and external stakeholders on the CDC program to deliver required outcomes
• lead the analysis and interpretation of data and the development of process documents, including briefs, minutes and submissions
• lead a team to achieve outcomes and deliver key pieces of work
• sound understanding of the mechanics of Government, including APS Code of Conduct/values, financial delegations and Freedom of Information requirements.

Our ideal candidates will have the following skills:

• excellent writing skills, with experience writing for different audiences ability to research and relay new information
• excellent communication skills, with some experience in working with a diverse range of audiences and cultures
• ability to work collaboratively with a team, as well as good interpersonal skills good analytical and problem-solving skills, including attention to detail
• ability to manage priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• sound understanding of the mechanics of Government, including APS Code of Conduct/values, financial delegations and Freedom of Information requirements
• display high levels of cultural competency and/or previous work experience in Indigenous communities.

Eligibility / Additional Requirements:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.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: Christine Culnane

Contact Officer Phone: 02 6146 4103

Contact Officer Email:

Application Closing Date: 28-Jan-2021

How to apply: