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Assistant Director, Compliance And Enforcement

Australian Public Service (APS) - Australia,

Banking & Finance
Source: uWorkin


The key duties of the position include
The Compliance and Enforcement Branch is responsible for compliance, investigation and enforcement activities across all sectors of the energy market. The branch works with other AER branches, the ACCC and other regulators in respect of relevant enforcement and compliance activities.

Working closely with the other AER branches, it is responsible for developing, implementing and effectively communicating our risk-based compliance and enforcement framework across the national electricity and gas markets - wholesale, networks and retail.

We are responsible for conducting investigations into alleged breaches of the electricity, gas and retail laws and rules, for developing and implementing proactive compliance activities and for implementing the AER Board's decision in respect of compliance and enforcement action.

Role and Duties

As an Assistant Director you will be responsible for managing and leading teams that develop and implement risk-based compliance activities to achieve efficient and effective outcomes that raise awareness, clarify obligations and promote business compliance.

Assistant Directors manage investigations into potential contraventions of national energy laws and rules, and provide strategic input into the analysis, assessment and resolution of compliance issues.

This position reports to a Director, in the enforcement area of the Branch and operates with a high level of autonomy.

The key deliverables of this role include:

  • managing investigations in accordance with developed plans, including identifying work tasks and allocating those tasks to team members to ensure the efficient and effective allocation of resources and progress of investigations or projects
  • working with Directors to ensure that the overall management and strategic focus of investigations are in line with the AER's Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Branch Plan
  • overseeing the assessment of information gathered in an investigation
  • working with Directors to develop the most suitable risk-based strategies to resolve compliance issues in energy markets and make recommendations to the AER Board that are clear and concise and supported by evidence and sound arguments
  • managing engagement with external lawyers and technical advisors in relation to matters under investigation and subject to proceedings
  • reviewing a range of materials and drafting a range of written documents for a wide audience, including correspondence, briefings, instructions to internal and external lawyers, guidelines, internal policies and submissions on enforcement issues and Committee and Board papers
  • oversee development of case theory and theory of harm, reviewing court documents, managing AER litigation including liaison with internal and external lawyers, technical advisors and experts, and attending Court to give evidence, where required
  • interviewing witnesses
  • ensure investigations, projects and resources are managed efficiently and effectively to produce timely outcomes and that investigation management systems are accurate and up to date.