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Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Position Level: 
APS Level 5, APS Level 6
$75,626 to $94,000
Canberra ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
6 December 2020
The upcoming date less then 1 day.

Opportunities exist within both National Security Division and International Division of National Security and International Policy Group at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. National Security Division provides whole-of-government policy advice on Australia’s security, to enhance the safety, security and prosperity of all Australians. We coordinate and lead whole-of-government efforts to progress our national interests across the Government’s national security priorities, including defence, intelligence and domestic security.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates who thrive in busy and dynamic environments.

Working in a small division with broad responsibilities, you will be able to quickly absorb new material and provide considered, succinct policy advice. You will have strong analytical and written communication skills, including the ability to quickly and accurately synthesise material from a diverse range of sources into targeted briefing for the Prime Minister. You will have excellent attention to detail.

Candidates should have the judgement and resilience to manage competing priorities with limited supervision. You will have strong interpersonal skills, working well in a team environment and able to liaise effectively across the division, department and broader Australian Government.

To be successful at the APS 6 level, candidates will need to demonstrate strong independent problem-solving and critical thinking skills and have a proven ability to deliver complex tasks to a high standard. Prior experience working in government and/or on national security, foreign policy or international economic issues is desirable but not essential.

Key duties

As an adviser in the National Security Division, you will support the development and implementation of national security policy and advice to the Prime Minister and senior officials within the Department. You will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled and experienced team environment that values initiative, respect and collaboration. The work is interesting and challenging, often fast-paced, and requires a high degree of autonomy.

You will work on a variety of issues and may be responsible for:

  • providing accurate, concise and timely advice to the Prime Minister on defence policy, capability, cyber security, counter-terrorism, domestic and border security, crisis response and emergency management and intelligence policy.
  • liaison with national security stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive approach to implementation of major policies and programs.
  • preparing high quality briefings to support the Government’s consideration of related policy, legislation, and topical issues. International Division provides advice to the Prime Minister and the department’s senior executive on foreign, trade and aid policy matters affecting Australia.
  • International Division provides whole-of-government policy advice on Australia’s strategic and foreign policy, to enhance and support Australia’s international relationships. We coordinate and lead whole-of-government efforts to progress our national interests across the Government’s priorities, including strategic engagement, foreign policy and international security.

As an adviser in International Division, you will work in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment with responsibilities that may include:

  • Providing policy support for the Prime Minister’s engagement with foreign leaders.
  • Preparing high quality briefing to support Cabinet consideration of foreign, trade and aid policy matters.
  • Coordinating across government to support effective policy making and implementation.

PM&C is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people with disability and LGBTIQ+ people.

This recruitment process will be used to establish a pool from which the Department may draw on to fill future vacancies at this level.

What We Offer

A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions. Exciting and fulfilling work at the heart of government 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 support flexible working practices including working from home and our offices are designed to enable flexible working approaches through spaces that have been designed to accommodate a range of working styles (whilst at all times adhering to social distancing principles and appropriate hygiene practices). This type of working supports increased communication and collaboration, and encourages agility and innovation. PM&C staff have the flexibility to make use of activity-based working principles, allowing them to choose where and how they work in an open space, while using integrated technological solutions.


To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen. 

The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a NV2 level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level. 

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.


This role is being advertised as both ongoing and non-ongoing, with the employment type to be determined in negotiation with the preferred candidate and the PM&C delegate.

Where a non-ongoing specified term is offered, this would be for an initial period of up to 18 months, with possibility of extension up to a maximum period of three years. 

A non-ongoing offer may result in conversion to an ongoing offer of employment, however this must occur with 12 months from the opening date of this advertisement.

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.RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability


For more information: 
Peter Maguire
(02) 6228 6801
Position number: 
PMC/2020/146 (AMI)