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Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Position Level: 
APS Level 5,6 Executive Level 1,2
$78,377 to $153,049
Canberra, ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
17 August 2020
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A key priority for the Skills Group is implementation of the Government's Skills Package reforms. These reforms are far-reaching and designed to raise the quality of training; put in place a cohesive, evidence based approach to determining national and industry specific skills needs; strengthen the link between funding and outcomes; and ensure that students (both school leavers and those reskilling) have access to good careers advice and information.  

Because VET is a shared responsibility between the States and Territories and the Commonwealth a large component of the Group's work involves working with the states on national frameworks and reforms. 

Key duties

With skills at the forefront of the Government’s post COVID-19 economic recovery agenda, this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to this complex public policy agenda. Successful candidates will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to deliver on an ambitious policy agenda, including central agencies to progress skills reform through the new National Cabinet arrangements.

The Skills and Training Group has multiple APS5 to EL2 ongoing and non-ongoing policy positions available for energetic and highly motivated individuals with excellent strategic policy capability. Successful applicants will be comfortable working in a dynamic environment with changing priorities. They will have high level written and analytical skills and the ability to build effective relationships, and work collaboratively with key stakeholders both externally and across the department. 

These positions offer an opportunity to work on a high profile critical Government agenda with skills reform forming a central component of the Prime Minister’s JobMaker Plan.


Please note, under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing. 

These are designated security assessed positions. The successful candidates will have the ability to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance. 

This selection process may be used to establish a merit pool. The pool might be accessed to fill ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies for similar roles in the Department over the next 12 months.

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 Education, Skills and Employment

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment works to ensure Australians can experience the wellbeing and economic benefits that quality education, skills and employment provides.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s primary focus is to equip Australians — at all life and career stages — with knowledge, skills and attributes to live well, thrive at work and contribute to community life.

Strategic priorities include:

  • Ensuring quality, affordable and accessible early education and care for families
  • Improving schooling outcomes for children
  • Preparing our future workforce through globally competitive tertiary education, training and research sectors
  • Helping people find and keep a job, create their own job, change jobs, reskill and enjoy fulfilling careers

Developing a strong evidence base for effective policy that reflects and understands varied needs of the Australian population, business and industry.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature-age people and people with disability, regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment prides itself on being an agile organisation, promoting the Australian Public Service philosophy of one APS career, thousands of opportunities.

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