Permanent EL1 Section 26 Register

Job Req ID

Home Affairs - 131807






Executive Level 1 - $110,788.00 and $129,928.00 plus 15.4% super (part time pro-rata)


Employment Type

Ongoing (Permanent), Full-time / Part-time 


Flexible work

Flexible arrangements available 


Contact Officer

Immigration Workforce Coordination on  


Applications close on 15/09/2024 at 11:59pm AEST (midnight) - Late applications will not be accepted.



About our team


Immigration & Legal Groups | Various sections


**Please note, this register is only open to ongoing Australian Public Service (APS) employees at the EL1 classification. This register may be used to fill vacancies within the Immigration and Legal Groups over the next 12 months** 


The Department of Home Affairs (The Department) is responsible for centrally coordinated strategy and policy leadership in relation to domestic national security arrangements, law enforcement, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, the protection of our sovereignty, the integrity of our border and the resilience of our national infrastructure.


Immigration Group is responsible for administering Australia’s permanent and temporary migration programs, people smuggling policy and implementation and refugee and humanitarian settlement programs. The group delivers status resolution in detention and the community and manages the Department’s client facing services and information services. It also provides policy advice on national impacts of migration, citizenship and people mobility and delivers citizenship, social cohesion and multicultural programs. The group also leads on implementing the government’s proposed policy shifts needed to reform the migration system.


Immigration Operations drives business reforms across the group by supporting greater collaboration across immigration policy and enabling functions with the capacity to coordinate whole-of-agency activities to ensure a coherent immigration agenda. The group also supports regional headquarters both onshore and offshore.


Legal Group is a trusted and independent legal advisor. The group provides confidential legal advice in a professional capacity to clients across a range of functions including litigation, legislation and advice work. The group also includes the Department’s information governance functions of privacy, freedom of information (FOI) and records management. Please note that this register does not include legal officer roles, which are undertaken separately.


Please visit our website for more information about the Department of Home Affairs.



Our ideal candidate


You will have a broad skillset where you can plan, manage, organise, influence, direct, control and review the day-to-day operations and major functions of a business unit or program area.


You must:


  • Be an ongoing EL1 employee in the APS
  • Possess well developed leadership skills, particularly in a high tempo environment while displaying integrity and high ethical standards to deliver efficient and accurate workplace outcomes
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Display good judgement and pay careful attention to detail in order to make lawful decisions confidently, while undertaking analysis and drawing accurate conclusion based on evidence.


The Department of Home Affairs has offices located all over Australia, including in:


  • Parramatta, New South Wales
  • Melbourne, Victoria
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • Hobart, Tasmania
  • Brisbane, Queensland
  • Belconnen or Civic, Australian Capital Territory.

You must be able to physically attend an office listed above. If an opportunity arises for you to move to a role in another state, relocation costs will be at your own expense.



Duties and responsibilities


Working as an EL1 officer within Immigration and Legal Groups you would typically work across the following categories:


  • Managing or leading a team
  • Developing, implementing and managing policy
  • Leading project delivery and performance activities
  • Delivering operational outcomes and other enabling and supporting functions.


How to apply


Submit your application and CV through the Home Affairs’ recruitment system (ourPeople) before the closing date on 15/09/2024 at 11:59pm (midnight) AEDT  – late applications will not be accepted.


You are eligible to apply for this permanent Section 26 transfer if you are a current ongoing EL1 employee with a Commonwealth government agency.


To apply, upload a current CV and a one page applicant response that includes specific examples that explain how your experience, skills and qualifications make you a good fit for the Immigration and Legal Groups.  


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


If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please contact Recruitment.


If you have identified as having a disability please indicate whether you require any support throughout the selection process. For further information please contact Recruitment.


Applicant response documents must be a minimum 11pt font in MSWord or PDF format, include your full name and the Requisition Number – 131807 in the document footer.


Prior to preparing your response it is recommended you review the Work Level standards relevant to the APS6 classification. It may also be useful to refer to the Integrated Leadership Systems information relevant to the APS6 classification.




  • an Australian Citizen
  • currently employed as an ongoing EL1 officer within the APS.


Successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (AGSVA) security clearance and an Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC).


Diversity and inclusion


The Department is committed to workforce diversity and applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged to apply.


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. For more information visit:


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


The Department 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 and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at


Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation proof of vaccination will be required. If a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable time period, they may not be offered that role.