Assistant Secretary, National Office For Child Safety

Location: Barton, ACT Application Closing Date: 18-Nov-2020 Classification

SES Band 1

Employment Type

Ongoing , Full-time (Flexible working arrangements will be considered)

The Opportunity

As Head of the National Office for Child Safety (National Office) you will lead a team responsible for delivering key child safety reforms recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission).

The National Office’s key projects over the medium term include:

  • Leading development of a National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and working with the states and territories to secure finalisation and endorsement of the National Strategy in 2021.
  • Working with the states and territories to develop a nationally consistent therapeutic response for children with harmful sexual behaviours.
  • Leading national coordination and implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, and supporting implementation of the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework.
  • Working with researchers to improve measures and understanding of the prevalence of child sexual abuse and child maltreatment in Australia.
  • Supporting collaboration across jurisdictions to identify and remove barriers to the sharing of information relevant to the safety and wellbeing of children.
  • Facilitating public reporting by non-government institutions and peak bodies on their progress in implementing Royal Commission recommendations.
The role will involve:
  • being results-oriented with strong leadership skills,
  • high-level liaison and negotiation,
  • cultivating productive working relationships with a range of stakeholders including sectors and people with a lived experience of child sexual abuse,
  • having excellent communication skills, and;
  • managing a high performing team.

Our Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will:
  • be a confident leader with significant experience in policy development and implementation,
  • have excellent influencing, negotiation and engagement skills and experience in developing effective networks and building strong relationships with stakeholders,
  • be effective at drawing on these relationships to achieve outcomes,
  • be a confident public speaker and are skilled at chairing meetings and negotiations,
  • have strong conceptual, organisational and analytical skills that enable you to manage, and succinctly explain to others, complex policy challenges,
  • show initiative, sound judgement and personal drive and can think on your feet.
  • work effectively under pressure and in a changing environment to deliver high-quality advice and outcomes,
  • make balanced decisions using professional judgement, evaluating ambiguous and incomplete information, factoring in risks and being sensitive to the context,
  • have a high degree of emotional intelligence and are able to display sensitivity and empathy for others,
  • develop a positive rapport with people from many walks of life including those who have survived significant trauma, and
  • lead and motivate staff to bring their best to their roles, while supporting their professional development.
The work of the National Office relates to challenging subject matter; the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate personal resilience and/or awareness of self-care and the ability to build and maintain a wellbeing culture, which empowers and supports staff.

The occupant of this position is considered an Officer under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and is required to exercise due diligience in complying with their obligations under this Act.
Contact Officer

Yael Cass on (02) 6271 5874 or

Please Note – This is an unclassified web based recruitment system so your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your one page pitch and resume.