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Manager – Governance

$175,000 – $195,000 + superannuation (15.4%)
Canberra based
Influential senior leadership role



The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for the safety of international shipping and domestic commercial vessels, protection of the environment from ship sourced pollution and search and rescue nationally. Our operations are diverse; from regulating fishing boats to 345 metre liquefied natural gas tankers, and everything commercial in between. We help protect Australia’s precious marine environments like the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of shipping, and rescue people in distress in waters surrounding Australia. AMSA’s functions include vessel and seafarer safety, incident management and responding to ship sourced pollution events.

We work with a range of stakeholders across governments, industry and the community reflecting the complexity, challenges and opportunities of our business. Our vision connects them all and inspires our talented people to make a real difference every day – “Safe and clean seas, saving lives”.

AMSA offers unique and interesting career opportunities, and we employ around 440 people across Australia. To learn more about our organisation please visit our website.



At AMSA we acknowledge the value diversity brings. Given the diversity of our role and our impact and influence on communities right across Australia, it is essential that we can draw on the diversity of our people in order to successfully deliver against our mission as a regulator of “ensuring safe vessel operations, combating marine pollution and rescuing people in distress”.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with a disability and people from other diverse backgrounds. You can find more information about AMSA diversity and inclusion initiatives set out in our Diversity and Inclusion Plan here.



AMSA’s Manager – Governance is part of AMSA’s leadership group and is responsible for coordinating governance, audit and assurance activities for the organisation. The role is responsible for the delivery of key corporate documents including AMSA’s annual report, corporate plan and supports the Board Audit Risk and Finance Committee through analysis and reporting of all governance matters and non-financial performance measures. Additionally, the role champions the compliance framework to safeguard organisational integrity; manages the procurement function and oversights AMSA’s personnel security. The position acts as a ‘sounding board’ on standards of ethical corporate behaviour and coordinates key internal reporting to AMSA’s executive and the accountable authority. Leading a team of professionals focussed on delivering services and expertise to the organisation, the Manager Governance is a critical role to positioning AMSA well – now and into the future.



To be successful in this position, you will have the following skills and experience:

• Tertiary qualification/s in business, commerce, management or a related discipline.
• Thorough knowledge of the Australian Public Governance, Performance Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), PGPA Rule 2014 and related Finance Resource Management Guides.
• Strong understanding of corporate governance requirements (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors qualification or equivalent highly desirable).
• A proven track record in establishing planning, performance measurement and reporting frameworks.
• Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing corporate risk and assurance processes.
• Sound knowledge of program and project management.
• An understanding of whistle-blowing practices (e.g. Public Interest Disclosure), combined with skills in conducting investigations.
• Demonstrated success in leading and managing teams and developing strong corporate networks.
• Strong ability to influence, combined with high level analytical and conceptual skills.
• Superior written and verbal communication skills.

For more information about this role, please refer to the position description.



Please complete your application on our website via the Careers at AMSA page by 11:55pm Thursday, 7 October 2021.

You will need to provide:
• your resume (maximum of 3 pages)
• a brief cover letter (maximum 800 words) outlining what you will bring to this role.

For any questions regarding the role please contact Cherie Enders, Chief Operating Officer [[email protected] / 02 6279 5099]

If you have any questions about the recruitment process please contact Human Resources on [email protected]



AMSA supports flexible work in recognition of the importance of balancing work and personal commitments. AMSA is committed to a performance-based culture where flexibility is an accepted part of how work gets done.



This position is a senior leadership role that requires specific leadership capabilities. AMSA encourages all applicants to familiarise themselves with the leadership capabilities that apply to senior roles in the Australian Public Service that can be found here: Leadership Capabilities | Australian Public Service Commission (


AMSA does not engage staff under the APS Act. Our classification levels are unique to AMSA, but the salary of this role equates to an SES Band 1.



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