Australia nationals: Team Members/Assistant Directors

Canberra, ACT, AU

A little bit about us

The National Water Grid Authority (the Authority) provides advice to the Australian Government on water resource and water infrastructure policy and initiatives to support the growth of regional economies and help the agriculture sector grow to $1 billion and meet the needs of a growing population by 2030. The Authority’s objectives are to:

  • Develop, in partnership with state and territory governments, a national framework for investment in water infrastructure to identify a pipeline of priority water infrastructure projects that will increase the capacity, connectivity and resilience of Australia’s water storage and supply infrastructure.
  • Use world best science to determine where and how Australia’s water resources can be sustainably developed to increase security and reliability of supply.
  • Deliver the Government’s $3.5 billion commitment to identify and build new water infrastructure through the $1.5 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund and the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility.

The Authority will focus on strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies and communities through water policy and program development providing grants and financial assistance to state governments to identify and build economic and environmentally sustainable water infrastructure that will increase the reliability and resilience to drought of Australia’ water storage and supply networks.

The opportunities we have available

Various roles are expected to be filled at the APS 5, APS 6 and EL1 levels across the two Branches in the Authority, and a merit pool will be established through this selection process that may be used to fill future vacancies on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis.

The role will be attractive to those that have a track record of delivery and who are looking for an opportunity to work on complex and high profile initiatives in a fast-paced work environment. You should be motivated with skills in one or more of the following areas – policy development, program management and delivery, stakeholder engagement, communications, and science.

If this is you, we would welcome your application. Successful applicants will be outcomes driven, accountable, able to adapt to change and manage competing priorities.

Policy, Science and Engagement Branch

The Policy Science and Engagement Branch comprises two teams –Communication and Engagement Section and the Policy and Science Section.

The Communication and Engagement Section leads on the:

  • development and implementation of a communications and stakeholder engagement strategy; and
  • support for the National Water Grid Advisory Body which will provide independent expert advice to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Authority on a range of matters related to water infrastructure and policy.

Tasks will be varied but are expected to include:

  • contributing to the development and implementation of a communications and stakeholder engagement plan
  • researching and developing advice to support stakeholder engagement activities
  • building and managing constructive relationships with stakeholders
  • preparing Minister-level briefings, speeches, correspondence, presentations, media and communications materials
  • setting up the Advisory Body, coordinating meeting logistics, providing a secretariat function and assisting the Advisory Body to develop its advice to the Deputy Prime Minister
  • media monitoring, analysis, procurement and contract management.

The Policy and Science Section leads the:

  • development and implementation of a science program in close consultation with science agencies to identify where and how water resources within Australia can be sustainably developed to support regional economic growth, and
  • working with the states/territories and other Commonwealth agencies on water policy matters related to developing water resources.

Tasks will be varied but are expected to include:

  • contributing to the development and implementation of a science program that will span catchment and groundwater resources assessments, emerging technologies and communicating outcomes to stakeholders
  • researching and analysing current and emerging state and territory water policy and resource planning issues
  • building and managing constructive relationships with stakeholders
  • preparing Minister-level briefings, speeches, correspondence, presentations, media and communications materials
  • contract and project management, and
  • supporting a steering committee for the science program.

Experience working on water policy and/or relevant science disciplines is highly desirable for roles in the Policy and Science Section.

Infrastructure Framework and Delivery Branch

The Branch is responsible for:

  • Delivery of a National Water Infrastructure Investment Framework;
  • Working with states and territories to identify a pipeline of water infrastructure initiatives that can be progressed to construction phase (including negotiating with states and territories and agreeing on what actions need to take place to implement construction projects);
  • Working with the states and territories to identify regional water use demands and working with various water users to identify the types of water resources required, and the security and reliability of the water expected by users; and
  • Implementation of agreed government commitments associated with the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

Opportunities are available in both the National Grid Policy Section and the Water Infrastructure Policy Section.

What else can we offer?

This could be your career opportunity to work on profile and exciting projects in a challenging and rewarding environment contributing to economic growth and agricultural productivity in Australia.  You will have networking opportunities across the department and wider APS and access to the Department’s learning, development and coaching opportunities.

Who are we looking for? 

We are seeking candidates who are outcomes driven, accountable and adaptable.

In addition to the skills highlighted at the top of this advertisement, you should demonstrate the following capabilities: 

  • excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to tailor language to different audiences and a high level of attention to detail
  • experience working on Ministerial and Executive briefing and correspondence
  • demonstrated ability to achieve results under pressure and meet deadlines, including the ability to prioritise effectively
  • an ability to build strong rapport with a range of stakeholders
  • a positive approach to teamwork and collaboration but also an ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • the ability to distil complex information and quickly identify critical issues and formulate appropriate policy responses
  • the ability to learn quickly, and be creative and flexible in your approach
  • strong organisational skills and experience supporting high level meetings and coordinating logistical arrangements.

Eligibility requirements

Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:

  • Citizenship: To be eligible for employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, applicants must be an Australian citizen.  Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
  • Health Assessment: The preferred applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
  • Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at Baseline.  You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information.  You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances.  More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity close at 11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 16 February 2020.

In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria.  Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than 2 pages outlining (i) which level you are applying for, (ii) whether you wish to be considered for any placement across the Authority or whether you have an interest in the work of a particular Branch or Section and want to be considered for those only, and (iii) your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, to a maximum of 2 pages. The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.

Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system.  Applications via Indeed will not be accepted.