Gazetted Vacancy - APS Level 6 - Policy Officer - NDIS Governance Branch

  • Ongoing National Office, Tuggeranong
  • APS 6 $85,137 - $95,695
  • Janaya Cox 02 6146 3004

About the Stream, Group or Branch:
We are looking for enthusiastic, professional and highly motivated persons to work as part of the small and dynamic National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Governance Branch.

The Branch is responsible for:

• developing, reviewing and amending NDIS legislation and rules; establishing and maintaining relationships with Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
• developing and progressing key NDIS policy issues
• monitoring and reporting on NDIS trilateral performance
• contributing to or leading strategic reviews of the NDIS
• managing the negotiations for NDIS full scheme agreements.

The NDIS Policy and Legislation Section 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. 

The NDIS Participant Oversight Team is responsible for monitoring the implementation of full scheme arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This includes managing bilateral agreements with the states and territories for funding and other aspects of the scheme, and engaging regularly with the states and territories and the National Disability Insurance Agency on the operation of the NDIS.

The team also provides strategic advice on the performance of the NDIS, with an emphasis on the participant experience of the scheme. This includes preparation of policy options and advice and associated briefing, including where relevant for parliamentary, budget and government decision making processes.
The team engages and works collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders on these matters.

The successful applicant will:

• have well-developed analytical and independent research skills, and the ability to think strategically
• have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• build and maintain productive relationship with diverse internal and external stakeholders
• be highly motivated to achieve results, including through working collaboratively and flexibly with others
• be able to respond and adapt to new and changing circumstances
• maintain strong attention to detail
• exercise good judgement, and be able to work under pressure and manage competing priorities.

Position Description:
The role includes, but is not limited to:

• contributing to the development and negotiation of policy issues with the NDIA and key stakeholders
• contributing to the process for legislative drafting, including the preparation of Bills and amending subordinate legislative instruments, in consultation with DSS Legal Branch and the Office of Parliamentary Council
• developing clear, concise and comprehensive policy advice, briefings, correspondence, reports or other written advice, within tight timeframes
• providing support to the governance and secretariat functions of the taskforce, including regular reporting to Executive Management Group and Ministers Office on progress and performance
 • providing coordination, secretariat and briefing support for DSS engagement with governance arrangements underpinning bilateral agreements, including with state and territory government representatives and the National Disability Insurance Agency. 

Additional support of senior officers in this role include:

• assisting to monitor progress of the NDIS, with a focus on the participant experience
• research and analysis tasks on NDIS operation and emerging issues, or related to specific participant-focussed issues
• assisting with the development and negotiation of policy options, and preparation of advice, for specific participant-focussed issues
• preparing clear, concise, comprehensive and high quality policy advice, briefings, correspondence, reports or other written advice, within tight timeframes
• liaison and engagement with internal and external stakeholders.

Eligibility / Additional Requirements:

This recruitment process is being used to fill current and future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies. A merit pool of suitable applicants will be created which may be used to fill future vacancies should they become available over the next 12 months. Non-ongoing vacancies will be offered for a period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (up to a total period of 3 years). Some of these non-ongoing vacancies may become ongoing in the next 12 months. Should a position become ongoing then the merit pool established through this selection process may be used to fill the vacancy on an ongoing basis.

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: janaya.cox@dss.gov.au

Application Closing Date: 04-Feb-2021

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