The Opportunity:


The Governance section in the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) provides a fantastic opportunity for a Director—or a high performing EL1 looking to take the next step—to broaden their understanding of how Government and the APS work. The section’s work provides a privileged view into the inner workings of strategy development and implementation in the National Indigenous Australians Agency, and across the public service more broadly. It doesn’t matter where you end up working in the Australian Public Service, the understanding of governance, strategy, risk management and Whole of Government accountability you can build in this team will stand you in good stead.


The section is responsible for supporting our executive team to fulfil their obligations under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule). The Director is responsible for the management of the Governance team within People Branch. The role leads and provides direction to a small and dynamic team in the delivery of a number of strategic, internal and external facing documents including the corporate plan, business plans, the annual report and performance information included in the portfolio budget statements. The role is also responsible for driving the Agency wide implementation of NIAA’s new Risk Management Framework and Policy. The Director role provides unique and critical insight into decision making processes in relation to risk and strategic planning at the most senior levels, with unprecedented access to key stakeholders across NIAA. This influential team builds and leverages networks across all parts of the agency and the APS, providing a rare opportunity to influence and promote outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


The position involves:

  • Effective Leadership of a small team to deliver strategic outcomes in a timely manner.
  • Direct engagement and briefing of our executive, through Executive meetings and committee papers.
  • Briefing our ministers on our planning and reporting products.
  • Management of any emerging or complex matters within the area, and providing an escalation point for the assessment and resolution of issues.
  • Oversight of project planning for our key deliverables such as the corporate plan, annual report etc.
  • Management of the continuous improvement and reform of the Agency’s performance framework, performance measures, processes and deliverables – this will include producing advice for our executive on best practice approaches.
  • Influencing continuous improvement and reform of the department’s risk framework and risk management approach.
  • Coordination and support for the Internal Audit function which is a shared service through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Working with all groups across the agency to manage performance information input and develop our agency narrative for planning and reporting documents.


Our Ideal Candidates:

Our ideal candidate will have the following attributes:


Strong strategic thinking capability

  • Actively support their Branch manager and EL1 cohort to lead the section, develop strategy for the team, and properly brief senior executive on new and emerging issues in the planning and reporting space.

Excellent people leadership and management skills

  • Be a strong leader and manager of staff who practices inclusive leadership and collaboration.
  • They will proactively support their Branch manager, and work as an effective conduit between the Executive and the team.
  • They will also collaborate with colleagues at level within the Branch and broader agency to build cohesion and encourage communication.

Well-developed communication skills

  • They will have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • They will be able to synthesise complex technical information into succinct and simple to understand advice, plans, briefs and reports and provide clearance of the team’s outputs.
  • They will ensure these products are communicated effectively to their intended audiences, including managers, collaborators, the senior executive and ministers.

Strong project management capabilities

  • An experienced, energetic and proactive project manager who can delegate, prioritise effectively and lead a team to work to tight timeframes.
  • They will oversight tasks performed by the team through to completion, encouraging high quality outputs from the team in a dynamic and complex environment.
  • They will also need to be resilient to change, uncertainty and the shifting priorities and ensure they bring the team along with them on the journey.

A strong teamwork orientation

  • They will be willing to go the extra mile to motivate their team through work peaks. They will be committed to maintaining and building a great team culture, where we work hard but also take the time to celebrate our achievements.

Excellent stakeholder engagement abilities

  • They will be able to cultivate and maintain effective professional working relationships with high-level internal and external stakeholders.
  • They will also provide exceptional service to our stakeholders.

Understanding of performance reporting legislative requirements.

  • Our ideal candidate will be experienced in their understanding and ability to accurately apply the requirements of the PGPA Act, the PGPA Rule and the Commonwealth performance framework, or similar legislation and frameworks in different contexts (e.g. local, state or Territory government).


What We Offer:

  • A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions,
  • Exciting and fulfilling work including career development and networking opportunities,
  • The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.



To be eligible for employment with NIAA, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.

The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline Level Security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.


How to apply:

If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you! Submit an online application through the NIAA Careers page by Sunday, 15 August 2021 at 11:30pm AEST.

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Applications close 15th August, 2021 Apply Online

Director, Government Section

National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)

$127617 to $151885
Public Sector
Organisational Leadership
Program Implementation
Work Type
Full Time - Ongoing