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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Position Level: 
Executive Level 1
$94,472 to $103,630
Acton ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
28 February 2020
To event remaining 9 days

The Business Services Team contributes to the operational and long-term sustainability of the Institute. The Finance, Records Management and Information Technology teams work independently and cooperatively, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer.

The Finance Team is responsible for the financial management of AIATSIS including internal financial control, Accountable Authority Instructions and financial delegations, administrative procedures, accounts payable and receivable, asset management, and external and internal budgeting and reporting.

The position sits within a small team delivering financial activities.  The team is committed to providing excellent, client focused services to our staff and customers. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate strong coordination, liaison and relationship management skills.  They will demonstrate technical capability and sound judgement, including the ability to improve and streamline business processes.

This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

Key responsibilities

  • Preparing financial statements and reports including content for the Annual Report, Audit Assurance Committee, Council and Portfolio Budget Statements.
  • Management of the day-to-day finance activities including accounts payable, receivable, travel, asset management, capital-spending program, budgeting.
  • Ensuring financial and procurement activity is accurately recorded and is consistent with contracts, budgets, guidelines and accounting standards.
  • Assist with system implementation changes and business improvement activities.
  • Produce structured and ad-hoc reports, memos, policies, procedures and analysis on financial performance for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Overseeing /preparing taxation returns (including Business Activity Statements, FBT) and providing advice on tax issues.
  • Provide timely and accurate advice and support to staff, management and clients.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with contractors, consultants and internal and external stakeholders, including representing the finance team on internal and external working groups.
  • Contribute constructively to Institute wide projects including strategic and operational plans.
  • Supervision of staff.

The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Practical experience and sound knowledge of Australian Government Financial Framework.
  • Experience in the month-end and year-end processes.
  • Ability to interpret and apply the Accounting Standards (AASB).
  • Ability to interpret and apply the Public Governance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and Rules, Estimates Memoranda and other guidance as disseminated by the Department of Finance.
  • Ability to show initiative and innovation, being self-motivated and applying problem solving and numerical skill.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including well developed liaison and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work independently under broad direction with tight timeframes and competing priorities.


Applicants must have a Bachelors or Masters’ qualification in a relevant financial discipline.

CPA/ CA qualifications or working towards obtaining this qualification.

Indigenous job seekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

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.

Getting to know the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

We are Australia’s only national institution focused exclusively on the diverse history, cultures, and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia. We house the world’s most important and extensive collection of cultural information and material and we provide leadership, publish and promote greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We create opportunities for people the world over to engage with and be transformed by the knowledge, the culture and the story of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. We are Australia’s national institution for leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.

We care for a priceless collection, including films, photographs, video and audio recordings as well as the world’s largest collection of printed and other resource materials for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. We undertake and encourage scholarly, ethical, community-based research in a variety of sectors, including health, native title, languages and education. Our publishing house, Aboriginal Studies Press, regularly publishes outstanding writing that promotes Australian Indigenous cultures. Our activities affirm and raise awareness of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.

For more information: 
Megan Frizell
(02) 6246 1123
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