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Gazetted Vacancy - Aps Level 6 - Policy Officer - Information, Linkages And Capacity Building Branch

Department of Social Services - Barton, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


  • Ongoing & Non-ongoing National Office, Tuggeranong
  • APS 6 $85,137 - $95,695
  • Anita Julien 02 6146 4399
About the Stream, Group or Branch:
The Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Branch falls within the Commonwealth/State Policy Group. The Group has responsibility for engaging with and influencing other jurisdictions and agencies on disability policy, development and implementation of the National Disability Strategy, and for policies and programs providing targeted supports and services for people with disability.

The ILC Branch is responsible for the administration and management of the ILC program. The ILC program is a key element of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), providing capacity building supports for people with disability, and their families and carers including people with disability who do not receive NDIS individually funded packages.

The ILC promotes collaboration and partnership with local communities and mainstream and universal services to create greater inclusivity and accessibility for people with disability through targeted funding rounds designed to achieve specific outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers.

Position Description:
The ILC Branch is looking for enthusiastic, professional and highly motivated people with relevant skills and experience to undertake operational and policy roles.

Operational role

Working in the ILC Operations team, the officer will support the administration of ILC grants, including working within a dynamic team to ensure efficient management and co-ordination of a number of program streams that fall under the ILC in accordance with the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines.

The officer will be expected to build and maintain good working relationships with a range of stakeholders, including the Community Grants Hub. The officer will support enabling areas of the department and service providers; ensuring correct and consistent policy interpretation; contributing to the development of ILC operational policy; developing program documentation; and preparing briefs and responses to ministerial and departmental correspondence.
They will play an important role in the co-ordination of the ILC grants’ assessment processes, including the selection advisory panel governance and reporting processes.

Policy role

Working across two policy teams, the officer will be responsible for drafting policy advice and preparing high quality documents for a range of audiences including ministers, executives and key stakeholders.

The officer will undertake research, analysis and interpret information/data from various sources to inform policy considerations and involves the supervision of junior staff. The officer will build and maintain positive and productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

An important element of this role will involve working closely with other policy areas within the department and with other agencies, including developing and implementing strategies to improve these connections. The officer will also work on developing and implementing strategic communications activities including branch information resources.

Eligibility / Additional Requirements:
The ILC Branch is looking for a person who:

- motivated, able to demonstrate initiative and to think critically in a fast-paced environment
- well organised with good attention to detail
- able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team and with key stakeholders
- strong written and verbal communication skills
- can demonstrate an understanding of the Department of Social Services' disability policies and programs.To be eligible for employment with Department of Social Services (the department), you must be an Australian citizen. An applicant's suitability for employment with the Department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This will include an identity and criminal history background check.

Eligibility to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance:
The suitable applicant must also obtain and maintain a security clearance conducted by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA).

Applicants also must be able to establish their background as checkable to be considered eligible for a security clearance. Any gaps or periods of time spent overseas for 12 or more months (cumulative) that cannot be verified by an Australian referee is deemed uncheckable, rendering the applicant ineligible for a security clearance. Background history must cover 5 / 10 years (Baseline / Negative Vet 1 or Negative Vet 2) of employment, education, residential, criminal history and anything else specified by the AGSVA. The suitable applicant must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information to fulfil this process.

Department of Social Services