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Senior Financial Policy Adviser, APS Level 6, Chief Finance Officer Group

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

About the team

The Procurement and Financial Policy Section sits within the Portfolio Budgets, Accounting and Financial Policy Branch and is responsible for providing expert advice on both the Australian government’s financial framework, including;

  • Public Governance Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act and Rules
  • the Accountable Authority Instructions, Departmental Financial Delegations) and
  • the procurement framework (procurement policy, procurement and grant reporting and collaborative agreements).

This also includes the establishment and maintenance of an adequate assurance framework and continuous business improvement functions.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking a Senior Financial Policy Advisor with prior experience in or, a sound understanding of compliance assessment and reporting (against the framework and legislation).

Our ideal candidate will;

  • have a sound understanding of the financial framework, in particular;
    • the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act
    • Department of Finance Resource Management Guides and
    • relevant policies of the Australian Government.
  • have the ability to interpret, draft and review internal policies to ensure compliance with the financial framework
  • have the ability to work with independence, manage their own work (including projects) and meet set deadlines (and adjust as required)
  • be a great communicator; with the ability to confidently negotiate with ease, successfully collaborate with stakeholders and confidently present messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner (both written and orally)
  • provide accurate, timely, consistent and appropriate services to clients to a high standard and understands and anticipates the expectations of clients
  • have shown experience in developing productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including prior experience in supervising staff.

What you will do

As the Senior Financial Policy Advisor, you are responsible for assisting Management with the provision of professional, accurate and strategic financial policy advice to the department.

You will be required to manage competing priorities and changing timeframes, and hold a high level of attention to detail. 

In this role, you will:

  • Provide technical and strategic financial policy advice to departmental officials
  • Assist in the management and delivery of all activities related to the financial policy stream, and where required, for the broader team functions
  • Undertake related reporting including Compliance Reporting, and where required, provide assistance with any procurement related reporting
  • Assist with the implementation of changes to the Financial Framework
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of Accountable Authority Instructions, Departmental Policies relating to procurement, financial framework and Financial Delegations
  • Assist with the development and delivery of training on the financial framework and compliance reporting.
  • Manage and deliver the department’s Financial Framework Accreditation
  • Assist with preparation of related briefing material and reporting for the senior executive cohort as required
  • Provide key input into the development and implementation of policies of the Australian Government (including independent reviews of the PGPA framework, procurement connected policies, review of Resource Management Guides)
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement strategies including the ongoing development and maintenance of systems, user templates, relevant guidance materials, supporting tools and adequate reporting mechanisms.


This vacancy is only available to APS employees.  This includes staff in the Parliamentary Service and non-ongoing APS employees employed at the time of the Gazette notification.

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.


Prior experience in or, a sound understanding of compliance assessment and reporting (against the framework and legislation) is highly desirable.

This non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for an initial period of 12 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).  A merit pool may be established and used to fill future internal vacancies.

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.

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 Kiley Hamad, Manager for Procurement and Financial Policy section via email or on (02) 6213 6057.

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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please 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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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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