Australia nationals: Assistant Directors

Australia National Water Grid Authority
Canberra, ACT, Australia
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A little bit about us

The National Water Grid Authority (NWGA; is responsible for delivering the Australian Government’s approach to plan, identify and build the next generation of Australia’s water infrastructure. Significantly, the 2020 Budget delivered an additional $2 billion investment in water infrastructure and the establishment of a rolling 10-year investment program.

Established in late 2019, the NWGA is shaping national water infrastructure policy and developing a National Water Grid – a series of region-specific systems that will help secure reliable supplies of water now and into the future. These roles are an opportunity to make a key contribution.

Our work plays an important role in supporting regions by growing our primary industries, increasing water security and building resilience to a changing climate. We do this through bringing together world best science and working in partnership with state and territory governments to identify, plan and invest in water infrastructure projects across the country.

The NWGA’s objectives are to:

  • Implement a national framework for investment in water infrastructure to identify a pipeline of priority projects that will increase the capacity, connectivity and resilience of Australia’s water storage and supply infrastructure and deliver the National Water Grid.
  • 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 National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

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.

We are seeking energetic and motivated people that are keen to work on complex and high profile initiatives in a fast-paced work environment. We are looking for candidates with a demonstrated history of high performance, for positions across a broad range of skills areas, including - policy development, program management and delivery, stakeholder engagement, communications, and science.

Successful applicants will be outcomes driven, accountable, have ability to adapt to change and manage competing priorities.

Infrastructure, Framework and Delivery Branch

The Branch is responsible for:

  • 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;
  • Implementation of agreed government commitments associated with the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund; and
  • The National Water Infrastructure Investment Policy Framework.

Policy, Science and Engagement Branch

The Branch is responsible for:

  • 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;
  • Development and implementation of a communications and stakeholder engagement strategy;
  • Working with the states/territories and other Commonwealth agencies on water policy matters related to developing water resources; and 
  • Supporting the National Water Grid Advisory Body whose role is to provide independent expert advice to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Authority on a range of matters related to water infrastructure and policy.

Who are we looking for? 

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

In addition to the skills highlighted under the ‘Opportunities we have available’ section, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate capabilities such as: 

  • 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 an ability to deliver projects and / or programs
  • 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 Insert Required Clearance Level.  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), Thursday, 26 November 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 two (2) pages outlining:

  • Which level you’re applying for;
  • 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
  • Your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role.

You should also provide a CV, to a maximum of two (2) pages.

The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.

Interested applicants may be assessed against all vacancies and classifications at the discretion of the panel chair.

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