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Planning and Reporting, Assistant Manager and Senior Officer (EL1 and APS6), Corporate Group

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 6, Executive Level 1

About the team

The Planning and Reporting section is part of the Ministerial Liaison and Governance branch in the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER). The section is responsible for supporting our department’s executive to fulfil our performance management requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule).

We work closely with DISER’s senior executive, the Department of Finance, and DISER’s strategic policy, analysis and communications areas to deliver our reporting framework, performance measures and processes.

We collaborate across our department’s divisions to develop key performance management documents, including the corporate plan, business plans and the annual report.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidates at the EL 1 and APS 6 levels will have the following attributes:

Strong project management capabilities

We are looking for experienced, energetic and proactive project managers who can prioritise effectively and work to tight timeframes. They will see tasks through to completion, producing high quality work while working in a dynamic and complex environment. They will also need to be resilient to change, uncertainty and the shifting priorities.

A strong teamwork orientation

They will be willing to go the extra mile to help team mates through work peaks. They will be committed to maintaining and building a great team culture, where we work hard but also take the time to celebrate our achievements.

Well-developed communication skills

They will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. They will be able to synthesise complex technical information into succinct and simple to understand advice, plans, briefs and reports. They will tailor these products to their intended audiences, including managers, collaborators, the senior executive and ministers.

Excellent stakeholder engagement abilities

They will be able to cultivate and maintain effective professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. They will also provide exceptional service to our stakeholders.

Understanding of performance reporting legislative requirements (or ability to quickly develop this)

Our ideal candidates will understand and accurately apply the requirements of the PGPA Act, the PGPA Rule and the Commonwealth performance framework.

In addition to the above, our ideal EL 1 candidate will also have the following attributes:

Strong strategic thinking capability 

Our ideal EL 1 candidate will actively support their manager and EL 1 colleagues to lead the section, develop strategy for the team, and properly brief senior executive on new and emerging issues in the planning and reporting space.

Excellent people leadership and management skills

Our ideal EL 1 candidate will also be a strong leader and manager of staff who practices inclusive leadership and collaboration. They will proactively support their section manager, and work as an effective conduit between the manager and the team. They will also collaborate with colleagues at level to build team cohesion.

What you will do

You will apply the attributes listed above in a fast paced and supportive team environment to deliver the department’s key performance products, including:

  • the corporate plan
  • business plans
  • quarterly performance statements
  • the annual report – including the annual performance statements
  • the performance information in the portfolio budget statements

Your work will include:

  • project planning for the corporate plan, annual report etc.
  • helping lead the continuous improvement and reform of the department’s performance framework, performance measures, processes and deliverables – this will include producing advice for our executive on best practice approaches
  • working with all divisions across the department to manage performance information input and develop our departmental narrative for planning and reporting documents
  • briefing our executive – through papers for the Executive Board and committees
  • briefing our ministers on our planning and reporting products
  • proactively managing progress of projects you are responsible for, identifying and escalating emerging issues early.


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

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


We aim to fill an ongoing EL 1 position, and a non-ongoing APS 6 position (for an initial period of 12 months with the possibility of extension). A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing EL1 and APS 6 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertise.

Please note the work in this area is cyclical in nature and quite busy for 6 months through the middle of the year.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, please provide a pitch telling us how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications make you the best person for the job (no more than 750 words).

Please use the STAR model to develop your pitch –

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 Matt Flood on 0466 863 471 or  

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. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

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