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Department of Health
Position Level: 
Senior Executive Service Band 1
Brisbane QLD, Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW
Job type: 
Closing date: 
20 May 2021
To event remaining 14 days

The Department of Health (the Department) is seeking talented and experienced executives to join its senior leadership team to help ensure we respond to current and emerging challenges to the health of Australians, our health and aged care system, and the government’s objectives in relation to sport. We work as a team to develop and implement coherent, connected and evidence-based responses.

Key duties

Several opportunities exist at the Branch Head level for highly motivated leaders with outstanding policy, program management and organisational change experience and strategic vision. You will contribute to a range of complex policy and program management issues, including developing and implementing major government reforms. 

You will also support the Secretary and executive team in the leadership and direction setting of the Department. Successful candidates will have demonstrated their ability and commitment to shape the culture and capability of the Department.

A central element of your role will be contributing to shaping the culture and capability of the Department. Successful candidates will share Health’s commitment to flexible work arrangements. This includes being committed to Health’s goal of supporting staff at all levels to do their best work from the location that enables this.

Health is seeking leaders with:

  • The vision to provide the best policy advice to government, including an exceptional results orientation based on leading by example with a resilient and positive approach to issues resolution.
  • The influence to take forward the Government’s policy agenda with the intelligence, persuasiveness, professionalism, authenticity and credibility necessary to leverage both formal and informal authority.
  • First class collaboration, communication and interpersonal skills that build relationships based on understanding, respect and trust, ensuring Health listens to and learns from stakeholders. An openness to diverse perspectives is critical.
  •  The ability to deliver complex projects, programs and services including, increasing the use of digital tools, flexibility in how, when and where work is undertaken, and eliminating/streamlining unnecessary processes and ‘red tape’.
  • A focus on enabling and nurturing people and relationships to ensure an inclusive and collaborative approach, where people are supported to deliver to the best of their ability. This includes setting expectations, uniting people behind a strategic vision, astute judgement, political nous, the ability to lead and support people through change, the development of staff and building the capability of the organisation.
  • The entrepreneurial skills and commitment to generate new ideas, experiment with different approaches, achieve outcomes on behalf of citizens and engage positively and creatively with risk, and
  • The courage, self-awareness and resilience to manage the challenges of leadership, including a proactive approach to their own personal and professional development and a citizen centric focus.


To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made. 

An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a variety of pre-employment check processes, such as: 

  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check, and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check. 
  • Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where required).
  • Providing evidence of qualifications (where required), and
  • Obtaining and maintaining a security clearance at the required level.

For this role applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

Appropriate tertiary qualifications will be well regarded.

These jobs are advertised under Affirmative Measure provisions and are only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. To be eligible to apply under these provisions, applicants must confirm their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.


  • Applications close 11:30PM AEST.
  • Before applying, please obtain selection documentation from https://www.executiveintelligencegroup.com.au quoting Ref. No. 752
  • If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey on (02) 6232 2200.

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: 
Karina Duffey and Tricia Searson
(02) 6232 2200
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