Chief People Officer

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Human Resources (HR) and People
Salary: Not specified
Full Time
Australian Capital Territory

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The Opportunity

PM&C is seeking a dynamic, motivated and experienced individual to join its Senior Executive team as the Chief People Officer (CPO). The CPO leads a People Branch that plays a key role in building and sustaining the Department’s workplace culture of inclusivity, integrity and professionalism. The CPO provides strategic and operational support on a range of people services across the Department including capability and development, inclusion and diversity, recruitment, change management, employment conditions and workforce analytics.

The CPO plays a key role in ensuring that the workforce has the capability and capacity to support the department by being strategic, influential and providing high quality advice and direction. The position will also require the ability to quickly grasp complex issues specific to people related matters and brings a unique and exciting opportunity to work with the newly established National Indigenous Australians Agency to develop and implement corporate services, including shared services.

The CPO will also have a crucial role in supporting PM&C in becoming a knowledge organisation, technologically adept, flexible and collaborative, and inclusive and diverse – the four pillars of our transformation agenda. The transformation agenda provides a frame of reference for the work that we do and sets our commitment to transformation, ensuring PM&C is a modern, collaborative and responsive organisation that drives excellence across the APS and delivers quality outcomes for the Government and Australian public.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will excel in a complex and fast-paced environment, have a strong focus on results and be adept at managing sensitive issues under pressure. Qualifications or extensive experience in Human Resources (HR) are preferable.

Diverse experience across the private, public and/or community sectors would also be advantageous.

Your ability to engage with a broad range of stakeholders will see you build positive relationships that enable the People Branch to promote a high performance culture.

The occupant of this position is considered an Officer under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and is required to exercise due diligence in complying with their obligations under this Act.


This position is Identified which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This position has limited contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers, but is still required to have the capacity and willingness to further develop these skills. You will require capacity to attain cultural competency, including:
• understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
• ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
• willingness and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency

Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is ‘Identified’, then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian people and/or involve interaction with Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

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 the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

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