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Cabinet Liaison Officer

Australian Government Attorney General’s Department - Barton, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


Job no: 494792
Work type: Full-time and Part-time
Location: Barton, ACT
Categories: APS Level 5-6 (Broadbanded), APS Level 6

Our Opportunity

The Strategy and Governance Branch (SGB) is a specialised area within the Enabling Services Group responsible for a range of strategic coordination functions to support the Attorney-General to engage in Cabinet and Parliamentary processes, as well as to support the department to meet its strategic and business priorities.

The branch’s responsibilities specifically include:
Cabinet, legislation and parliamentary functions
strategic policy, innovation and capability building
media, design and communication
governance, including audit, risk and fraud
freedom of information and privacy
ministerial and executive support services.

The Cabinet, Legislation and Estimates Section (CLES) within SGB operates in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, providing high-level coordination, support and strategic input to the Attorney-General, the Secretary and other Senior Executives, the department and the portfolio in relation to key parliamentary and ministerial functions, including Cabinet and its Committees, Senate Estimates, Parliamentary and Committee Questions on Notice, and the department’s legislative program. CLES also works closely with a range of external stakeholders, including ministerial offices, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Cabinet and Parliamentary teams in other departments.

There are several exciting APS Level 6 opportunities available to be an integral part of this high-performing team.

The Cabinet Liaison Officer position provides an opportunity to get a ‘helicopter view’ of the department’s priorities in relation to Cabinet business, as well as visibility of a range of other key parliamentary and ministerial functions. This role will allow you to broaden your perspective and skill set, and develop relationships and networks within and beyond the department that will serve you well in future roles.

Reporting to the Assistant Director, a Cabinet Liaison Officer is responsible for coordinating and advising on all aspects of the department’s engagement with Cabinet and its Committees, including the:

Expenditure Review Committee
National Security Committee (NSC)
Secretary’s Committee on National Security (SCNS).

Specifically, the successful applicant will be responsible for:

facilitating and managing the development and lodgement of submissions and papers for Cabinet and its Committees, ensuring that they meet Cabinet requirements
reviewing all Cabinet and Committee submissions, managing their distribution within AGD, and coordinating the department’s comments
coordinating high quality briefing for the Secretary and the Attorney-General on items to be considered at meetings of Cabinet and its Committees
convening pre-briefs and de-briefs with the Secretary and Deputy Secretary before and after Cabinet Committee meetings
providing accurate advice and support to the department on Cabinet processes and submissions
providing strategic advice and support on a range of Cabinet related issues
providing training to the department on Cabinet processes and AGD’s engagement in them.
Who are we looking for?

We are seeking experienced, motivated and high-performing officers who:

demonstrate sound judgement in decision making, and are confident operating autonomously
possess well developed organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and achieve results in a dynamic and fast‑paced environment
demonstrate a flexible, solution-oriented approach to work, generating different options for consideration and exploring alternatives as they arise
have experience developing strong working relationships with stakeholders and working collaboratively with others to meet to organisational requirements
possess strong verbal and written communication skills, and a high level of attention to detail
are confident in managing and storing classified material in a secure and appropriate manner.

Given the nature of the role, applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 level security clearance and would be available to commence in early March 2021.

Please refer to the AGD Performance Expectations for more detail.

The range and nature of work within the Attorney-General’s Department requires a workforce that reflects our diverse society and the department provides a number of support mechanisms for employees.

As an AGD employee, you will:
be part of an inclusive and diverse work environment
receive a generous starting salary and work conditions
benefit from supportive learning and development
be supported by a range of active networks including the Indigenous Employee Network, the Celebrating Ability Network, the Women’s Network, the Pride Network and the Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Network.

To see further information regarding our support for our employees, please see our Workplace Diversity Page.

Advertised: 28 Jan 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 08 Feb 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time