GAZ - APS5 - ACT/NSW/NT/QLD/SA/TAS/VIC - Operational Safety Capability

Requisition Number: 128115
Position Number/s: Several
Classification: APS Level 5  
Location: ACT; NSW; NT; QLD; SA; TAS; VIC  
Division: ABF Workforce  
Branch: Operational Readiness  
Section: Operational Safety Capability  
Security Classification: Baseline Vetting 
Salary: $77,642.00 to $83,632.00  
Contact: Wendy MANEY Phone: 07 4052 7015
Period of Vacancy: Ongoing 
Number of Vacancies: Several 


Applications close: Thursday 8 June 2023 at 11:59pm (midnight) - AEST. Late applications will not be accepted.


Who can apply:
Please note this opportunity is available to current Australian Public Service employees and all eligible members of the community.


About the Department of Home Affairs: 
The Department is responsible for central coordination, and strategy and policy leadership in relation to cyber and critical infrastructure resilience and security, immigration, border security and management, counter-terrorism, the protection of our sovereignty, citizenship and social cohesion.

The Department implements a strategically coordinated approach to the cyber security and resilience of all Australians through the appointment of a Cyber Security Coordinator and continues to enable rapid responses to threats of foreign interference through the dedicated Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator. Additionally, the Department contributes to Australia’s prosperity and unity through the management and delivery of the migration, humanitarian and refugee programs. 

The Department also promotes social cohesion through multicultural programs, providing settlement services and through managing and conferring citizenship.


Overview of the Branch and Section:

Operational Readiness Branch (ORB) manages and delivers the Australian Border Force (ABF) operational safety governance and policy framework to prepare and enable ABF officers to be operationally ready with relevant and approved skills and equipment to perform their duties safely and effectively. 

ORB focuses effort on enabling the ABF to realise strategic objectives in relation to an enhanced workforce and operational standards and safety, and its goals underpin the Realising Our Full Potential Policy Document.


This includes: 

  • Integration of uniform, equipment, operational safety and protocol standards
  • Integrated operational safety and uniform governance, and associated training, qualifications, monitoring and reporting
  • Consistent planning, prioritisation, practices and proactive research for use of force equipment and training, uniforms and protective equipment
  • Safe exercise of powers and operational activity in accordance with the Use of Force Model and operational safety principles of the Operational Safety Order
  • Rationalisation of armouries, implementation of advanced infrastructure and security capability, and the transition to personal issue of equipment 


Operational Safety Capability Section works jointly with ABF Armouries Section and is responsible for the development of robust policies and practices that underpin the safe and lawful use of force when required, operational safety performance management, and also provides secretariat functions in support of the Operational Safety Committee and management of Use of Force reporting. The team is responsible for a large suite of governance responsibilities in addition to risk management on a national level.


About the role:

The position occupants will work within a strong, positive and capable team with a national reach across the organisation. The position will play an active role in facilitating governance, secretariat and support functions to the Operational Safety Committee, which has a national outreach and is facilitated by a number of Senior Executive. The OSCS team drives change and ensures that operational safety is a key focus across operational streams. Working autonomously, the positions are responsible for effective communication and a collaborative work approach with a wide and varied number of stakeholders and functions.


Our ideal candidate:

We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to drive a positive and inclusive workplace culture in the ABF. Ideally, you will be a strong communicator on both written and verbal platforms with the proven ability to actively listen. You will have a strong ability to balance multiple priorities simultaneously, maintaining a proactive and positive nature to your work. The position occupant must be able to work under limited supervision and show initiative throughout all work platforms. Stakeholder relationships are essential to the team’s success, so you will maintain a collaborative working approach with people and teams to achieve results in a proactive fashion.


Specific duties/responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of new and revised operational safety governance material, including policies, procedural and supporting material
  • Support the implementation of governance material and associated monitoring and quality assurance processes
  • Assist with the provision of secretariat support functions for the Operational Safety Committee, in addition to undertaking projects resulting from the Committee
  • Maintain a close professional relationship with internal and external stakeholders, and work collaboratively to achieve results in a proactive fashion
  • Communicate effectively on both written and verbal platforms, given the team is spread nationally.


Role requirements/qualifications:

  • Demonstrated sound organisational skills, with the ability to complete tasks within set timeframes, successfully managing competing priorities
  • Strong communication skills, on both written and verbal platforms
  • Ability to work independently and autonomously, ensuring accountability and responsibility is taken for own work
  • Ability to positively engage and maintain effective working relationships within the ABF and the Department, building trusted networks across various levels
  • Proactive, professional and positive approach to work and team contributions
  • Previous experience in governance, administrative support or policy work is highly desirable
  • Prior operational experience and/or Use of Force Permit or Use of Force Instructional experience, is desirable but not mandatory.


Applicant response:

As part of your application, you will be required to prepare a response document (minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format), which you will upload in the next section.

Please ensure you read the instructions carefully, noting failure to address identified requirements may lead to your application being deemed ineligible.

Please prepare a one-page Applicant Response in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

  • how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role
  • why you are interested in the role and you what can offer us
  • any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

Please include your name and the Job Requisition number in the footer of your response document, in addition to a current CV with a minimum of two referees included. One Referee must be your current Supervisor.


How to apply:

Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level Standards relevant to the classification you are applying to. It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership System information relevant to the classification. You are required to submit your application in Home Affairs' online recruitment system (ourPeople).

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • Your CV
  • Your Applicant Response document
  • Details of two referees
  • Include your full name and the Requisition Number - 128115 in the footer of any documents being uploaded.


Eligibility and Specific Conditions of Employment

To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Fulfil the Department’s minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process
  • Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
  • Obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
  • Satisfy a probation period
  • Undergo a health assessment (if applicable).

To be eligible to work in some roles, you may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any COVID-19 booster dose to maintain an 'up-to-date' status). Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation, if a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable period, they may not be offered that role.


Technical Assistance

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to Recruitment ( including screen captures if necessary. A response will be sent during business hours.



Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

Home Affairs may provide relocation assistance to eligible APS employees required to relocate. The level of assistance will vary depending on the reason for relocating and your personal circumstances. For further information please enquire with the contact officer listed in the advertisement.

Information about employment in the Department of Home Affairs, and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at

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