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Smart Skills Initiative Inspirator, APS Level 4, Questacon

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 4

About the team

Questacon is seeking two presenters for the delivery of programs, activities and resources as part of the Questacon Smart Skills Initiative (QSSI).

The QSSI delivers national programs in design thinking, creativity and innovation to metropolitan, regional and remote areas across Australia. Programs include regional and national Invention Conventions, Smart Skills workshop tours (including Teacher Professional Development), Maker Project workshops and the Enterprising Australians travelling exhibition. The Questacon Invention Convention (IC) is an intensive 3-5 day program of workshops that develops innovation skills in Australian students. Invention Conventions are held in conjunction with the Smart Skills national touring program with a national IC held in Canberra each January.

The Smart Skills Inspirator delivers programs at the Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (IPTLC) in Canberra, as well as in schools and community centres across regional and remote Australia, both in-person and live via video conference. Inspirators also assist with the development of new program elements as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Successful applicants will have opportunities to develop skills across the range of program activities.

Our ideal candidates

Our ideal candidates will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Be an effective communicator with the willingness to share and engender enthusiasm in their audience, particularly young people.
  • Have the ability to work positively and productively in a changing work environment and under pressure.
  • Have the ability to use initiative and work under minimal supervision.
  • Hold qualifications or relevant expertise in one (or more) of the following or related fields:
    • Design and Technology
    • Science Communication
    • Industrial Design
    • Engineering
    • Electronics
    • Robotics
    • Technical Arts
    • Secondary Education
    • Programming/coding
  • Have demonstrated experience in one (or more) of the following or related methods of program delivery:

    • Activity based workshops/classroom teaching
    • Online and print educational resources
    • In-person performances/presentations
    • Live video conference

What you will do

Key duties of the role include:

  • delivering live design, technology and innovation themed workshops and presentations using a range of media to secondary school students and other groups across regional and remote areas and at the IPTLC (this will require significant travel)
  • liaising with teachers, students and community to engender enthusiasm about opportunities in all fields of design, technology and innovation
  • providing open communication to all team members, including the giving and receiving of feedback and effectively contributing as part of a team
  • carrying out other activities as required in support of Questacon's national outreach program, including administration, activity reports and ensuring safe keeping of Questacon assets
  • living and working in a small team in basic accommodation for periods of time away from home base, including extensive driving in regional areas
  • safe use of tools and a moderate level of manual handling including lifting/moving presentation materials, tools and equipment in and out of vehicles
  • working within Australian Government guidelines (e.g. Workplace health and Safety, APS Values and Code of Conduct).


To be eligible for this position, candidates must:

  • obtain or hold a current registration issued under the Working With Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 and maintain this registration for the duration of employment
  • undergo a 'Working with Children' police check
  • hold a current driver licence (including the ability to drive hire vehicles).

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.


The position requires extensive travel to regional and remote areas of Australia on a regular basis and the ability to work weekends and public holidays as required.

This recruitment process is being used to fill current non-ongoing APS Level 4 positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future non-ongoing APS Level 4 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised. Non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 5 years).

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Melanie Kovacs, National Programs Manager (outreach) via or on (02) 6222 2208.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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