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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Position Level: 
APS Level 6
$82,500 to $93,670
Adelaide SA, Brisbane QLD, Cairns QLD, Canberra ACT, Darwin NT, Melbourne VIC, Hobart TAS, Perth WA, Sydney NSW
Job type: 
Closing date: 
28 January 2021
To event remaining 10 days

The Capability, Planning & Change Branch is the centre of capability identification, acquisition, mobilisation and development in the department and supports the department to achieve its complex agenda through a highly capable, diverse and inclusive workforce. We provide valuable support and guidance to business areas through our closely connected sections: Recruitment, Entry Level Programs, Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development, Workforce Planning and & Analytics, Culture & Change and Talent & Capability. 

The Diversity and Inclusion Section seeks to be a collaborative, informed and responsive team that develops strategies and plans to support our diverse workforce. We provide employment initiatives and programs to achieve the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and other diversity groups retention target initiatives with the purpose of the department being modern and progressive with engaged, diverse and capable people. 

The Culture and Change Section is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the department’s values and behaviours and supporting guidance materials and ongoing evaluation. It also supports organisational change by coaching, supporting and guiding divisions through our internal change management framework. The section is responsible for developing our People Strategy and guides coordination of divisional priorities to ensure alignment to our divisional objectives. 

Key duties

As the Senior Advisor – Diversity and Inclusion the duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • providing oversight and support to one or more of our Inclusion networks including arranging quarterly meetings with the Champion and managing the distribution list
  • drafting briefings, as required, for the People Committee, the Inclusion Council and the Executive Leadership Team
  • developing and implementing the departments Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) submission, Gender Affirmation Guidelines and the departments Inclusion Strategy
  • developing and implementing the departments action plans and roadmap for the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Disability and Gender Equality Strategies
  • developing the departments submission to become a Disability Confident Recruiter and managing the departments REACH program
  • providing secretariat support, as required, for the Inclusion Council and contributing to the coordination of the annual Network conference.

As the Senior Advisor – Culture and Change the duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • working in a team that provides a broad range of support, systems and solutions through the analysis, development and implementation of HR strategies, frameworks, guidance and reporting materials
  • designing the development and/or implementation of HR policies, procedures and programs to achieve corporate objectives, and contributing to the effective operation of the team, branch and divisional priorities
  • designing the implementation of best practice approaches to developing capabilities and increasing operational effectiveness and informing business decisions
  • providing evidence-based advice and policy direction to managers and staff on HR policies and strategies
  • engaging and working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve departmental people priorities and team goals and build strong and effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

Please note that there is currently one vacancy in each of the above two sections and that both of them may be able to be performed from any of the office locations listed above. 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 experience as a trusted and collaborative HR advisor that provides high-level strategic advice and can bring others along on the journey. 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 Culture and Change role you will also have:

  • demonstrated experience providing coaching and advice to business areas on people change management matters
  • deep knowledge of contemporary HR practices and the ability to influence outcomes
  • demonstrated experience developing HR strategies and frameworks
  • previous experience using various types of technology and data to support evidence-based decision making.

For the Diversity and Inclusion role you will also have:

  • experience in the development of contemporary diversity strategies and implementation of whole of government workforce policies, frameworks and initiatives
  • an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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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