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Ses Band 1 - Assistant Secretary

National Health Funding Body - Barton, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


Full Job Description
Department of Health - Temporary
Employment Register 2021

Applicant Kit
Job Reference Number 20-TER-7405
Classifications • APS Level 2 - Executive Level 2;

  • Legal 1 (APS Level 4) - Legal 2 (Executive Level 2) ;
  • Medical Officer 1 - Medical Officer 4.
For more information on classifications and salaries please see
the Department of Health Enterprise Agreement 2019 - 2022

Location Various Locations
Status Non-ongoing (specified term), Casual/Intermittent
Employment type Full-time, Part-time, Casual
Security Clearance Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security

clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate
level (if required).

To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an

Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made

An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a

variety of pre-employment check processes, such as:
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check,

and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.
Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where

Providing evidence of qualifications.

About the Department of Health
The Department of Health works to deliver an affordable, quality health and aged care
system and better health, ageing and sport outcomes for all Australians. Our vision is better
health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

The Department of Health is committed to workplace diversity and aims to create an
environment that values and utilises the contribution of its people from different
backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We offer a varied, challenging and rewarding
working environment. We are looking for capable and motivated people to help make this

Offices for the Department of Health can be found in the following locations:

  • Canberra, ACT
  • Parramatta, NSW
  • Sydney, NSW
  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Townsville, QLD
  • Perth, WA
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Darwin, NT
  • Adelaide, SA
  • Hobart, TAS
Temporary Opportunities at the Department of Health
Health is seeking talented people with a broad cross section of skills, experience and
qualifications to register for our Temporary Employment Register (TER). The TER assists
Health to fill temporary positions (up to a possible maximum period of 3 years) and is open
for candidates to register an interest in employment at the APS Level 2 - Executive Level 2
classifications with the Department. You don’t need to have experience in a government
department or the health sector as our staff have backgrounds in a range of fields in both
the public and private sectors.

Candidates should be aware this is a register only and that you will only be contacted
regarding your application if a vacancy arises that matches your skills, qualifications and/or

Listed below are the broad categories of work found at the Department of Health:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Administration
  • Call Centre
  • Communications and Stakeholder Management
  • Data, Research and Analysis
  • Executive Assistant
  • Executive Officer
  • Health
  • Human Resources
  • ICT
  • Legal and Parliamentary
  • Medical Officer
  • Policy
  • Project and Program
  • Regulation and Compliance
  • Risk and Assurance
  • Science and Engineering
  • Service Delivery
The broad categories of work listed above are occupational categories of related
professional skills, tasks and knowledge called job families. Each job family is divided further
into subgroups of jobs that require similar skills, capabilities, knowledge and training called
job functions. For more information on the Department of Health job families and job
functions, please see below descriptions.

Job Families and Job Functions
Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance roles plan and provide systems and services relating to the financial,
accounting and procurement activities within the Department. Job functions include:

  • Accounting and General Finance
  • Budget, Costs and Financial Policy
  • Procurement and Contracting

Administration roles provide a range of administrative and corporate services to assist the

organisation or Committees. Job functions include:
  • Corporate Support
  • Committee Support
  • Facilities and Property
  • General Administrative Support
Call Centre

Call Centre roles respond to external customer telephone, internet and email inquiries to
the department.

Communications and Stakeholder Management

Communications and Stakeholder Management roles plan, develop, implement and
evaluate communication strategies that create an understanding and a favourable view of
the Department, our services and our roles in the community to internal and external

stakeholders. Job functions include:
  • Campaigns, Marketing and Strategy
  • Public Relations and Stakeholder Management
  • Writing, Editing and Creative Design
Data, Research and Analysis

Data, Research and Analysis roles conduct systematic investigation, study and analysis to
establish facts and conclusions about a subject or organisation. Roles may also develop,
maintain, implement and deliver systems for keeping, updating, accessing and preserving
records, files, data, information, historical documents and artefacts. Job functions include:

  • Data
  • Evaluation
  • Information, Governance and Knowledge
  • Research and Analysis
Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant roles provide administrative and executive support to Senior Executive
Staff. The duties involve management of front-of-office functions in high volume
environments, including managing diaries, workflow, appointments and correspondence,
organising events, coordinating travel and collating documentation.

Executive Officer

Executive Officer roles provide strategic and operational support to Senior Executive Staff.
Their duties include, but are not limited to, engaging in continual problem solving,
coordination and complex and sensitive issue management.


Health roles use their knowledge to develop evidence based policies and programs or
conduct clinical evaluation and risk assessment for regulatory purposes by analysis of data
and research. The job function under Health, Health Professional, includes roles such as
Clinical Advice, Pharmacy/Pharmacology, Health Promotion, Medical and Pharmaceutical
Advice and Dietician/Nutritionalist or Nutrician Professional.

  • Health Professional
Human Resources

Human Resources roles plan, develop, implement and evaluate staff recruitment, retention,
training and development programs as well as assist the Department to achieve greater
efficiency and solve organisational problems. Job functions include:

  • Human Resource Operational
  • Human Resource Strategic

ICT roles plan, organise, direct, control, coordinate and support the ICT strategies, plans and
operations of the Department to ensure the ICT infrastructure and software supports the
organisation’s overall operations and priorities. Job functions include:

  • IT Delivery and Support
  • Solutions Development and Implementation
Legal and Parliamentary

Legal and Parliamentary roles support the provision of, or provide, legal advice, prepare and
draft legal documents, conduct negotiations on behalf of clients, plead cases and interpret,
analyse, administer and review the law. This job family also includes Ministerial/Cabinet and

Parliamentary advice and support. Job functions include:
  • Legal Advice and Coordination
  • Legislation
  • Ministerial/Cabinet and Parliamentary Liaison
Medical Officer

Medical Officer roles draw on their clinical experience to provide professional and medical
advice to areas of the Department, often reviewing, evaluating and analysing clinical
evidence, research or data to inform recommendations. Qualification as a medical
practitioner and registration as medical practitioner with AHPRA is required.


Policy roles shape and manage the development of evidence-based policy and programs
aligned to government policies and priorities. Job functions include:

  • Policy
Project and Program

Project and Program roles coordinate, direct and oversee the project and program
implementation activities in order to deliver outcomes and benefits related to the
Department’s strategic objectives. Program roles include Grants Management, Program
Advice, Support and Management of a program of work, whilst Project roles include
Business Process Improvement, Project Management and Reporting and Programme

Management and Reporting to assist in the coordination, planning, delivery and

implementation of projects. Job functions include:
  • Program
  • Project
Regulation and Compliance

Regulation and Compliance roles examine, evaluate, inspect and investigate compliance
with applicable legislation and organisational frameworks. Job functions include:

  • Investigation and Inspection
  • Regulation and Compliance
Risk and Assurance

Risk and Assurance roles plan, develop and implement review of organisational, program or
project performance. They also include roles that undertake risk analysis, management and
fraud control for an organisation or compliance activity. Job functions include:

  • Audit
  • Risk
  • Security
Science and Engineering

Science and engineering roles use their technical knowledge to undertake scientific
evaluation and risk assessment for regulatory purposes by analysis of data and research.
They may also support development of evidence based policy and programs. Specifically
Engineering Professional roles include Biomedical, Chemical/Materials and Electrical
Engineering jobs as well as Engineering Management and Industrial/Mechanical/Production
Engineer jobs. Life and Physical Sciences roles include Biochemist, Biologist, Chemist,
Epidemiologist, Immunologist, Microbiologist and Toxicologist roles, whilst Scientific
Research and Regulation roles include Laboratory, Regulatory or Research Scientists and

Laboratory Technicians. Job functions include:
  • Engineering Professional
  • Life and Physical Sciences
  • Scientific Research and Regulation
Service Delivery

Service Delivery roles provide coordinated and structured advice or services to support the
delivery of an Australia Government or corporate program of work. Job functions include:

  • Customer Advice and Support
  • Education and Training
How to Apply
Applicants are required to register their interest on the TER through our online application
form. You will be asked to nominate employment preferences including your preferred work
location, classification, the job families that best match the work you are seeking, as well as
the job functions relevant to those job families.

You’ll also be asked to provide some information about yourself as well as upload your
current resume and describe the skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications and how
they can contribute to the vision and objectives of the Department of Health. Please also
provide details of at least one referee.

Please note this is a register only and you will only be contacted regarding your
application if a vacancy arises that matches your skills, qualifications and/or experience.

Your application on the TER will remain valid until the register is refreshed and you are
invited to re-register your interest. You will receive an email at this point in time prompting
you to update your registration.

Contact Details
If you require assistance or have any questions, please contact the Recruitment Team on
(02) 6289 9029 (Option 1) or via email at recruitment@health.gov.au