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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Position Level: 
APS Level 6
$82,500 to $93,670
Canberra, ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
28 January 2021
To event remaining 10 days

The Integrity Branch sets the integrity policy framework and works with internal stakeholders to build a pro-integrity culture through positive workplace values and behaviours. Integrity Branch is responsible for the management of personnel security risk and works to prevent, detect and respond to internal fraud, corruption and misconduct.

The Conduct Section supports the department's legal and ethical standards of conduct. It conducts preliminary inquiries and investigations into allegations made about the conduct and behaviour of departmental employees. The Section also manages Review of Actions, including providing administrative assistance for reviews lodged with the Merit Protection Commissioner. The team closely liaises with all areas of the department and other Commonwealth agencies about APS Code of Conduct and ethical behaviour issues. It also provides education, guidance and advice to departmental employees and managers on the APS Code of Conduct. 

The Integrity Coordination Section triages integrity related allegations, conducts pro-active detections of integrity-related matters and is responsible for informing, advising and reporting on matters relating to personnel security risk management within the department, in accordance with the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF). The team coordinates integrity matters, security clearance requirements and security training for international travel and postings, and works collaboratively with other sections to ensure eligibility and suitability throughout the employment cycle. The team works to mitigate against trusted insider and malicious acts or threats relating to the department. 

Key duties

As a Senior Advisor – Conduct, the main duties of the roles include, but are not limited to:

  • supporting the department's legal and ethical standards of conduct
  • conducting investigations and preliminary inquiries into allegations made about the conduct and behaviour of departmental employees
  • closely liaising with all areas of the department and other Commonwealth agencies about APS Code of Conduct and ethical behaviour issues
  • providing education, guidance and advice to departmental employees and managers on the APS Code of Conduct
  • providing statistical analysis to senior management regarding investigations and inquiries
  • providing administrative assistance for matters lodged with the Fair Work Commissioner.

As a Senior Advisor – Integrity you will work under varying levels of direction across a wide variety of tasks. The main duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • managing integrity matters and refining case-management capabilities to support integrity, fraud and corruption and security functions
  • managing the collection and analysis of data to identify integrity issues and associated departmental risks
  • providing impartial and forthright advice to both employees and senior executives so as to enable the mitigation of risk concerning integrity, fraud, corruption and security matters
  • establishing and maintaining effective and productive relationships with key stakeholders across the department and with external partners
  • preparing and reviewing complex briefs, correspondence, reports and advice for senior management and Ministers regarding integrity matters and associated departmental risks
  • integrity policy development and implementation.

Please note that there are currently two vacancies in the Conduct Section and one in the Integrity Coordination Section. This recruitment process will be used to fill the above ongoing vacancies but may also be used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing positions in the division where the duties are of a similar nature. If an offer of non-ongoing employment is made, the successful applicant would be employed for an initial period of twelve months with the possibility of extension up to a maximum period of three years in total. The merit pool established through this selection process is valid for a period of twelve months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Public Service Gazette.


To be successful in these roles you will be experienced in providing advice and support on a broad range of people management issues relevant to a large, geographically dispersed organisation with a functionally diverse workforce. You will have demonstrated professional ethical standards and personal integrity in dealing with sensitive personnel matters and a record of achievement in delivering results. You will have breadth and depth of experience in HR as well as understanding the broader APS agenda. 

In addition to the above, for the Senior Advisor – Conduct vacancies you will also have:

  • in-depth knowledge and experience in undertaking preliminary inquiries and code of conduct investigations
  • a sound understanding of the relevant legislative frameworks.

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.

Getting to know the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment began 1 February 2020. The Department is led by Secretary Andrew Metcalfe, supported by the Executive Leadership Team. We protect Australia's natural resources, agriculture and way of life. Our goal is to deliver policies and programs that:

  • drive strong and sustainable agricultural industries
  • manage our unique environment and heritage
  • support our regional communities.

Our role is diverse and far reaching, we:

  • assure our clean and green status by keeping pests and diseases out of Australia
  • protect and sustainably manage Australia’s biodiversity, ecosystems and heritage
  • prepare and coordinate our response to outbreaks of pests, diseases and weeds provide data and analysis on agriculture and the environment
  • support sustainable natural resource management
  • establish and manage Commonwealth protected areas
  • maintain and secure new markets for Australia’s agricultural exports.
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