Assistant Manager, Executive Level 1, Cabinet

Job no: 506668
Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the team

The Cabinet team is responsible for managing the day to day parliamentary operations between the department, portfolio agencies and the Ministers’ Offices (MO). The team is almost always working to tight timeframes and team members can be flexibly deployed within the section to support other teams in the section when required. This promotes learning and development opportunities while ensuring all deadlines are met.

Our ideal candidate

The Cabinet Liaison Office is a dynamic and fast paced environment and anyone looking for a challenging role with the opportunity to lead a team is encouraged to apply. The section is looking for a high performing, flexible individual with an eye for detail. Experience working with and maintaining positive relationships with high level stakeholders, and a proven ability to manage staff at various levels in a fast paced and high pressure environment would also be highly valued in this role. The role provides an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the Government’s policy agenda, the Cabinet process, key departmental priorities and exposure to Ministerial offices and the Department's Senior Executive. Other key skills include the ability to manage workflow priorities for the team, provide constructive feedback to staff, model sound decision making under pressure, compile reporting and provide clear direction to staff. Prior experience with Ministerial and Cabinet processes is also desirable, but not essential.

What you will do

The Assistant Manager will oversee the day to day operations of the Cabinet Liaison Office, including the workflow of Cabinet items between the Ministers Offices and the Department. In achieving this, the Assistant Manager will oversee Cabinet processes and provides support and guidance to the department as required, as well as stakeholder engagement.

Key tasks for this position include:
  • Lead the team of Cabinet Liaison Officers
  • Ensure all systems, processes and resources are operating effectively and in accordance with the requirements of the Cabinet Office and the Cabinet Guidelines
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with the ministerial offices and line areas across the department and portfolio
  • Support the Manager to mentor and develop team members to create a highly effective and resilient team, and cross skill all team members
  • Maintain a positive and productive work environment despite the high pressure nature of the work
  • Manage departmental training on cabinet processes and manage staff and departmental enquiries regarding Cabinet related activities, as appropriate
  • Assist with stakeholder engagement for Cabinet related matters
  • Manage the departmental support services provided to our Ministers Office


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position requires an NV2 security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill an ongoing EL1 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing EL1 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Jen McCaffrie email at or 02 6102 8032.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

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Advertised: 23 Nov 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 07 Dec 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time