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The Department of Home Affairs is a central policy agency, providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership for Australia's national and transport security, federal law enforcement, criminal justice, cyber security, border, immigration, multicultural affairs, emergency management and trade related functions.

The Department of Home Affairs includes the entirety of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It also includes national security, emergency management and criminal justice functions from the Attorney-General's Department; the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; multicultural affairs from the Department of Social Services; and the counter-terrorism coordination and cyber security policy functions from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Overview of the Branch and Section:

Media & Engagement Branch delivers all media management and external communication functions for the Department, including but not limited to; media enquiry management, media support for Ministers and Executive, social media, speech writing and external and strategic communication.

About the role:

We have multiple roles, across strategic communication, media engagement and social media. You will work as part of a team of like-minded communication professionals with a range of expertise to share. Your skills will be valued and developed and you will learn the business of a range of policy, program and operational areas.

Our ideal candidate:

We are looking for experienced communication professionals who enjoy working in a fast-paced and creative environment. You will deliver high quality and innovative communication solutions for the Department. You will apply creative approaches to sometimes complex and sensitive issues, and exercise sound professional judgement. You will liaise with and develop effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. You will be able to work under tight deadlines and provide support to the Branch’s leadership team. You may work on crises as part of a dedicated team when necessary.

Specific duties/responsibilities:

  • develop, implement and evaluate innovative strategic communication projects
  • provide strategic communication and media advice to key stakeholders
  • write, review and produce high quality communication materials
  • manage responses to media enquiries and liaise with policy and operational areas
  • mentor junior staff members and contribute to their professional development, as required
  • work on rostered shifts, including after-hours attracting overtime, as required

Role requirements/qualifications:

Relevant tertiary qualification and/or at least three years relevant industry experience

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

You are required to submit your application in Home Affairs’ online recruitment system (ourPeople). 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.

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • your CV
  • details of two referees
  • your Applicant Response document that details how your skills, knowledge and qualifications make you the best person for the 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 prepare a two-page Applicant Response in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

  • Contributes to strategic thinking
  • Achieves results
  • Supports productive drive and integrity
  • Display personal drive and integrity
  • Communicates with influence
  • Demonstrates professional or technical proficiency

Eligibility: 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
  • Undergo a health assessment (where applicable).

Mandatory (and where applicable, role specific) screening questions are used within the application to ensure all successful applicants meet these minimum requirements of the Department.

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

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application online, please email the nature of the issues you are experiencing to recruitment at *********** A response will be sent during business hours.

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: ***********

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service


Posted: 04 December 2019

Location:  Parramatta, NSW

Salary:  $79236 - $91318