GAZ - EL1 - ACT - NEMA Data Acquisitions Officer

Requisition Number: 128075
Position Number/s: 60160687 
Classification: Executive Level 1 
Location: ACT  
Division: Chief Operating Officer Group  
Branch: Data and Technology  
Section: Data Strategy Team  
Security Classification: Baseline Vetting 
Salary: $112,822.00 to $128,586.00  
Contact: Jodie Mewett  
Period of Vacancy: Ongoing 
Number of Vacancies:


Applications close: Tuesday 6 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 National Emergency Management Agency: 

The National Emergency Management Agency's work has a real impact on the lives of Australians, particularly those living in rural and regional areas.


The National Emergency Management Agency's guiding principle is “Locally led, locally understood and locally implemented” and we bring together local communities, government, non-government and key industry representatives to support disaster recovery and resilience across the country.


Your work will help people who are recovering from natural disasters and prepare them for the future.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was established on 1 September 2022 as a single, accountable Commonwealth authority that delivers a whole-of-nation approach to reducing disaster risk, planning, preparing for, responding to and recovering from all hazards across the emergency management continuum. 

NEMA works closely with local communities as well as state and territory Governments to deliver the best outcome for communities across Australia. To help communities respond and recover, while preparing Australia for future emergencies, we:

  • Fund programs and initiatives, big and small, that help communities in times of emergency, as well as to recover and prepare, including through disaster recovery funding and the Disaster Ready Fund to help reduce the risk and impact of disasters;
  • Work with communities, industry and non-government organisations by connecting local Regional Support Officers and other NEMA staff right around Australia, to share lessons learnt, provide awareness on navigating Government services, and gain community and industry-led ideas and concepts to inform strategic policy and planning;
  • Provide national leadership to share knowledge, situational awareness, and trends in disaster efforts to inform, guide and shape the national picture and decision-making at the Commonwealth, state and local Government level – including through policy development and strategy to improve risk reduction, resilience and recovery; and
  • Provide round-the-clock all-hazards monitoring and operational coordination for domestic and international emergencies, including supply chain disruptions, critical infrastructure outages, biosecurity risks and widespread cyber-attacks, and through supporting preparedness and response activities, including through the operationalisation of the Australian Government Crisis Management Framework.


Overview of the Branch and Section:


Data and Technology Branch

The Data and Technology Branch is the core data science team at the NEMA. The Branch is responsible for a range of Agency functions including: data leadership, governance, coordination and analytical advice to the Agency, statistics relating to disaster recovery efforts, collaboration with Australian Climate Service (ACS), Agency IT project implementation and ongoing maintenance, change management, information management and liaison with our ICT Service Provider.


Data Strategy Team

The Data Strategy team works with a variety of stakeholders (including the ACS) to source data, identify data needs, implement the Data Strategy and associated data governance, and support policy and program activities. Our team members have skills in liaison and an understanding of how data can be best used and managed to answer key needs in the disaster space.


About the role:

The Data and Technology Branch are looking for an enthusiastic person with experience in data liaison and acquisition to join our team. The successful candidate will work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders (including states and territories and the ACS) to identify and prioritise data needs, acquire data, oversee the development of data products, and support policy and program activities. The position requires the provision of skills and expertise in liaison and an understanding of how data can be best used to answer key needs in the disaster recovery and resilience space.


Our ideal candidate:

Our ideal candidate will enjoy solving data problems, working in a highly dynamic environment and mentoring junior team members.  They will plan, organise and manage projects and have demonstrated experience in gathering, synthesising and generating information and insights from diverse data to support policy and other stakeholders.


Specific duties/responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the development and implementation of the Agency’s Data Strategy, mainly through leading updates of the Agency’s Data Needs Assessment and facilitating data sharing
  • Liaising with external stakeholders, particularly the states and territories and Commonwealth partners, to identify and address data need gaps and facilitate mutually beneficial data sharing
  • Liaising with internal stakeholders to identify and address data need gaps, scope requests, delegate tasks and deliver
  • Recommend new sources of data and methods to improve analyses and demonstrate their likely benefits and challenges
  • Preparing reports, briefs and other documents to a high standard.


Role requirements/qualifications:

  • Experience working with policy areas to determine needs and deliver client ready products/advice
  • Experience working with public data (economic, social and/or regional data)
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to translate findings into written reports for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Strong organisational and problem solving skills
  • Resilience and flexibility to coordinate and prioritise tasks in a changing and fast-paced environment
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and over 3 years’ experience in a data-specific role.


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 what you can offer us
  • Any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role.



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 the 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 - 128075 in the footer of any documents being uploaded.


Eligibility and Specific Conditions of Employment

To be eligible to work with the NEMA you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen
  • Fulfil the Agency’s minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process
  • Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA 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

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

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: