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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, Hobart TAS, Melbourne VIC, 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 Recruitment Section manages the department’s general and entry-level recruitment programs, designs and delivers the department’s talent development initiatives and provides best practice recruitment policy, advice and support to assist the department to meet its workforce needs. 

The Talent and Capability Section is responsible for managing the department’s talent development initiatives, the coordination of the awards and recognition processes, and the establishment of the department’s mobility and surge requirements. It is also responsible for the management of the Senior Executive Support (SES) Unit including SES recruitment, onboarding and offboarding of SES staff, SES reporting and Cap management as well as answering questions relating to SES conditions of service. 

Key duties

Please note that unless indicated otherwise the jobs listed below are only available to be performed from a Canberra office location.

As the Senior Advisor - SES you will be responsible for all recruitment and reporting activities involving Senior Executive Service (SES) employees. The duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • coordinating all SES recruitment activities (both internal and external) and liaising with senior management during all stages of the recruitment cycle
  • undertaking a range of reporting activities in relation to SES employees, including monthly and quarterly SES cap reporting
  • providing a single point of coordination for the onboarding and offboarding SES employees
  • responding to a broad range of queries regarding both SES recruitment and conditions of service.

As the Senior Advisor - Mobility & Surge Team you will assist the department to establish the mobility and surge requirements of the department. This vacancy may be able to be performed from any of the office locations listed above. The duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • providing oversight and advice on future mobilisation activities
  • developing and managing the department’s mobility program which may involve coordinating the movement of staff both internally and externally
  • identifying and assisting in the management of surge capacity to support critical business incidents.

As the Graduate and Entry Programs Team Leader you will be responsible for the management and delivery of the department’s Graduate and Entry Level Programs. The duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • oversight of a small team of coordinators to ensure all components of the program are delivered in accordance with program requirements
  • setting priorities, allocating resources and building team capability
  • preparing briefings and reports
  • managing contracts for the delivery of services for the graduate program
  • providing pastoral care to the graduate cohort.

As the Recruitment Systems and Reporting Administrator you will provide system administration for the department’s recruitment system, eRecruit. The duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • designing, testing and implementing a range eRecruit system changes and customisation
  • working with stakeholders to achieve best practice solutions and outcomes
  • troubleshooting complex system issues and liaising with the system owner (where required) to resolve issues
  • producing reports, analyses and manipulating data for internal and external reporting (such as Senate Estimates)
  • providing guidance, training and assistance to users of eRecruit
  • designing and creating complex reporting templates to enable information dissemination to both internal and external stakeholders
  • preparing and maintaining guidance material to assist in the ongoing development and support of eRecruit.

As a Senior Recruitment Advisor you will undertake a lead role in recruitment process improvement via improved sourcing strategies and the development and/or review of communication and educational material. The duties of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • the development and implementation of innovative recruitment strategies to meet the challenges of targeted recruitment activities, such as the Graduate Development Program and the department’s efforts to be an Indigenous and disability-confident employer of choice
  • providing strategic advice and guidance to ensure best practice recruitment processes
  • promoting effective governance and a culture of continuous improvement to recruitment processes to meet the department’s business needs
  • maintaining and improving well-documented, accessible and efficient business support systems and processes to support departmental functions.

Please note that 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. For the Recruitment Systems and Reporting Administrator role you will also have demonstrated systems administration experience with a recruitment platform - experience with eRecruit will be highly regarded.

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.
For more information: 
Heath Muller
(02) 6272 2408
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