Fancy yourself a FAS? Immigration needs four division heads

By Stephen Easton

Tuesday January 12, 2016

The sprawling Department of Immigration and Border Protection needs four new division heads to start off 2016, and a couple of band 2 senior executive roles still need to filled elsewhere in the federal government.

First assistant secretaries are required to lead the divisions of: corporate services; identity and biometrics; detention services; and integrity, security and assurance — a role which comes with the added title of chief risk officer.

The latter role sounds challenging; it covers “investigations, protective, physical and cyber security, enterprise risk and assurance, internal audits and detention assurance” as well as relations with the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Human Rights Commission, and responses to Royal Commissions.

According to the job adverstisement, the identity and biometrics division is all about:

“… improving the capability and maturity of identity and biometric services; focused on innovation and the seamless travel and trade experience; perusing collaborative arrangements with like-minded international partners; and partnering for intelligence-led, risk based identity management at all stages of the border continuum. As part of the Department’s broader agenda of enhancing capability and improving our outcomes, you will work closely with colleagues in the Intelligence, National Security, Compliance and Enforcement, Digital Transformation and Major Capability areas.”

The FAS in charge of infrastructure and services in Australia’s network of detention centres, including those on Nauru and Manus Island, is expected to:

“… work closely with the Chief Medical Officer/Surgeon General to the Department to ensure health outcomes and regional processing arrangements are effective and lead the implementation of formal arrangements with Federal and State/Territory police and correctional authorities.”

Applications for the four senior executive band 2 jobs close on January 27.

Other SES roles up for grabs in the Australian Public Service include a deputy secretary at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and a newly created band 3 executive role at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, aviation group manager.

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