• Unique and rewarding statutory appointment
  • Build strong and enduring relationships with the ex-service community and other key stakeholders
  • Substantial remuneration package
  • Canberra based with a national and international focus


The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) maintains war cemeteries and individual war graves in Australia and the region on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. As an agent of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the OAWG commemorates eligible veterans who died during the First and Second World Wars and those who died post-war if their deaths were caused by war service.  The OAWG also builds and maintains national memorials overseas. The OAWG also cares for over 366,000 official commemorations in approximately 2,400 locations.


Reporting the Head of DVA’s Commemorations and Transformation Division, you will lead and manage a Branch which is responsible for war graves both within Australia and overseas. You will be expected to provide high level policy advice to the DVA Executive, the Repatriation Commission and, as required, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs on issues affecting the work of the OAWG. You will also be required to build mutually beneficial and enduring relationships with the ex-service community and other key stakeholders and to represent the Department in a wide range of settings.


To be a strong contender, you will need to be an exceptional senior executive with the passion and knowledge necessary to lead the OAWG. You will have well-honed policy development and policy advisory skills, impressive strategic direction-setting and leadership capabilities, and a good understanding of project and event management issues. You will also have first-class representation skills, a strong achievement orientation, the ability to work collaboratively with key stakeholders, and personal style that engenders trust and respect. You will also need to be prepared to travel overseas and, where required, and assist teams responsible for the delivery of overseas commemorative events.


Before applying, please obtain selection documentation by emailing [email protected]

Further information can be obtained by contacting Ian Hansen on 0408 306 769.  Applications close on Sunday 30 January 2022

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Director, Office of Australian War Graves

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Public Sector Federal
Statutory Authority
Community Services and Development
Customer Engagement
Government and Defence
Organisational Leadership
Work Type
Full Time - Ongoing
Organisation Active sustainable actions