Policy Officer/Director

Department of Home Affairs
Salary: $114,357 - $148,816
Full Time
Australian Capital Territory

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Overview of the Aviation and Maritime Security Division:

As policy officers in AMS, we work in a challenging, fast-paced environment and use our highly developed analytic, strategic thinking and collaborative skills to make a positive difference to Australia’s security interests. We work closely with the intelligence community and industry stakeholders to design regulatory solutions and ensure that travellers and goods moving through Australia’s sea and airports remain safe and secure.

AMS undertakes a broad range of policy work on security issues including in aviation; air cargo; maritime and offshore oil and gas; identity cards; and training/accreditation of screening staff. Because the Division includes both policy and operational compliance functions you will see the results of policy and regulatory changes put into practice in Australia’s aviation and maritime sectors. You will also help Australia to influence international standard setting and work with international partners.

About the Role:
Are you passionate about making a positive difference to security at Australia’s airports and seaports?

If so, you should apply for a policy position in the Home Affairs’ Aviation and Maritime Security Division (AMS).

AMS is seeking experienced leaders with a passion for innovative policy ideas and the ability to contribute to the strategic goals of the Home Affairs Portfolio. Leaders with a passion for building the capability of others through sharing ideas and supporting development are strongly encouraged to join our Division.

EL2 Policy Officers in AMS lead skilled teams to develop policy that meets the Home Affairs Portfolio’s objectives to secure the aviation and maritime sectors while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. They shape, develop and implement strategic policies in these complex domains that address the Portfolio’s and whole-of-government transport security agenda.

Our Ideal Candidate:
People who can think. You’ll be a problem solver who finds a way around any problem. That’s why taking risks, thinking outside the box, practically, creatively and in an innovative manner will be your greatest asset. We don’t care if you’re an orthogonal or a counter-intuitive thinker. We need your strong critical analysis skills, curiosity and agile mindset. After all, you’ll be matching big, complex and long-term problems with solutions.

Independent workers who make good teams members. At Home Affairs, we’re a team – both here and overseas. That’s why we need people who are team players and who are flexible and work with others to achieve a common goal, and share knowledge and experiences. You’ll use your work ethic to work independently, with limited supervision, and take ownership of tasks and see them through to completion. Be willing to go that extra step to finish a job and lend a helping hand.

Eager learners. You don’t need to know everything. We’ll teach you what you need to know. Great policy officers yearn for knowledge and new experiences. You’ll learn quickly, picking up content and making links with everything we do across the Portfolio to develop capability to have the knowledge required to do the job.

You’ll also need to have strong leadership and managerial skills. Our policy teams are often small but agile, effective and connected. You’ll contribute to this by taking your people on a journey where they grow, develop and learn.

Your polished communication, representational, facilitation, negotiation and advocacy skills will be your best friend. Not everyone will see eye-to-eye with you but with your excellent professional skills, you’ll make friends and work hard to broker solutions.


To be eligible to work with the Department of Home Affairs you must:
– Be an Australian Citizen
– Obtain and maintain the required AGSVA clearance
– Obtain and maintain a current Employment Suitability Clearance
– Undergo a health assessment (if applicable)
– Fulfil the Department’s minimum requirements by satisfactorily answering all screening questions during the application process.


The Department is committed to workforce diversity and applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged to apply.

Pool of Merit: Applicants rated as suitable will be placed in a pool of merit that may be used to fill similar positions in the Department, or other APS agencies, for up to 12 months.

Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:


About Department of Home Affairs
‘Working together to ensure that Australia is prosperous, secure and united’

The Department of Home Affairs is a central policy agency, providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership for Australia’s national and transport security, federal law enforcement, criminal justice, cyber security, border, immigration, multicultural affairs, emergency management and trade related functions. The Department of Home Affairs includes the entirety of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It also includes national security, emergency management and criminal justice functions from the Attorney-General’s Department; the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; multicultural affairs from the Department of Social Services; and the counter-terrorism coordination and cyber security policy functions from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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