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Advisers, International and Security Group - Affirmative Measure Indigenous


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The Opportunity
The International and Group provides whole of government advice on ways to enhance the security and prosperity of all Australians. We coordinate and lead whole of government efforts to progress Australia’s national interests across the Government's national security and international policy priorities. 
The Group advises the Prime Minister on Australia’s international agenda, foreign policy, aid, defence and intelligence, and specialised international and security economic interests in close collaboration with colleagues across PM&C and other agencies. The Group supports the Prime Minister’s engagement with foreign leaders and international institutions and supports Cabinet’s consideration of international and security matters. 
Adviser roles are available across the Group’s divisions:
  • National Security Division
  • G20 and Trade Policy Division
  • International Division
  • Quad, AUKUS and Naval Shipbuilding Division
As an Adviser in the Group, you will be part of a team that is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and advice to the Prime Minister and senior officials within the Department. You will have the opportunity to be part of a highly skilled and experienced team that values initiative, respect and collaboration. The work is interesting and challenging, often fast-paced and complex, and requires a high degree of autonomy and professional skill. As a PM&C Officer, you will exercise initiative and judgment on complex policy problems, while operating at the heart of the decision making process across government. 
The roles are fast paced, challenging and varied. You will gain unparalleled insight into the development of strategic, security and foreign policy and unique exposure to the wider PM&C, APS and national security communities. 
You will work on a variety of issues and be part of a team that delivers on:
  • providing accurate, concise and timely advice to the Prime Minister on national security, international, defence, intelligence, economic and domestic security policies, taking account of the cross-cutting implications of decisions on both the Government’s international and domestic agenda;
  • convening internal and external stakeholders to ensure a whole of government approach to development and implementation of major policies and programs; 
  • preparing high quality briefings to support the Government's consideration of related policy, legislation, budgetary and topical issues;
  • work closely with other central agencies to build support, shape and prioritise significant policy proposals, including new spending proposals, to implement the Government’s agenda;
  • support the Prime Minister’s international bilateral and multilateral engagement, including with other international leaders;
  • preparing high quality briefings to support Cabinet, ministerial and senior official deliberations;
  • demonstrate public service professionalism and probity and adheres to the APS Values and Code of Conduct.
At PM&C, we recognise the broad benefits of offering flexibility in how, when and where work is performed. We promote, support and enable flexible work practices, and our commitment is to consider flexibility first, from a starting position of ‘how can we make this work’. 
In the Group, we recognise that people’s needs and responsibilities are varied. We support work arrangements that promote the wellbeing and work-life balance of our staff. While operational requirements mean that not all of our work can be done from home, you’ll be equipped to work flexibly where you can. Examples of current work arrangements in place include part time, remote work and working from home, flexible start and finish times and compressed hours (compressing ordinary working hours into fewer working days). 
A merit pool may be established and used to fill the same of similar vacancies for 18 months from the date of advertising.
Our Ideal Candidate
We are seeking highly motivated, self-starting candidates with a record of professional achievement, including a demonstrated ability to achieve outcomes on complex matters while working with significant independence. 
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate substantial experience in:
  • contributing to high-performing teams and exercising judgement under limited direction to deliver quality advice in a dynamic environment;
  • contributing to team achievements and building team capacity through coaching and mentoring of staff, providing performance feedback and encouraging career development;
  • achieving outcomes on complex matters with multiple stakeholders, while exercising autonomy and responding to uncertainty;
  • developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships, valuing and drawing from diversity and building capability;
  • displaying resilience, self-awareness and high professional standards; and
  • delivering products drawing on your strong analytical and communication skills.
Successful candidates will demonstrate critical thinking and be able to identify, monitor and engage with risk. They will be ready to contribute to PM&C’s strong culture of positive and collegiate teamwork. Flexibility and resilience will enable you to thrive in this fast-paced, challenging and rewarding work environment. 
What We Offer
  • Agile, respectful, dynamic, and inclusive workplace; 
  • Attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions;
  • Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government, contributing to improving the lives of all Australians, with career development and networking opportunities difficult to find elsewhere;
  • The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.
  • We embrace flexible working practices including working from home and specially designed offices to enable flexible working approaches through spaces designed to accommodate a range of working styles (whilst at all times adhering to social distancing principles and appropriate hygiene practices).PM&C staff apply flexibility and activity-based principles to work, allowing them to choose where and how they work in an open space, while using integrated technological solutions. This type of working supports increased communication and collaboration, and encourages agility and innovation.
This position constitutes an Affirmative Measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and is open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates.
  • To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen. 
  • The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 (Secret) level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.  Some roles in the group may require a higher security clearance.
  • The successful candidate will be required to be assessed through our pre-employment screening checks, such as an Australian Criminal History Check
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 people.
How to apply
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you!  Submit an online application through the PM&C Careers Page by 11:30pm Wednesday 18 October 2023 AEDT.  


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Barton, ACT, Australia


Advisers, International and Security Group - Affirmative Measure Indigenous






$117,036 - $133,387