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Assistant Manager - Parliamentary, Secretariat and Coordination, Executive Level 1, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA)

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Communications, Executive Level 1

About the team

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA) is the authority on radioactive waste in Australia. Significantly, ARWA is leading the delivery of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

ARWA was established on 21 July 2020 as a function of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. On 1 July 2022 ARWA will transition to a non-corporate Commonwealth entity (NCE).

We are responsible for:

  • Leading, and providing national guidance regarding, Australia’s radioactive waste management, informed by international best practice, regulatory requirements and government commitments.
  • Undertaking the siting, construction, operation and eventual closure and management through the institutional control period of a Facility to dispose of low-level waste and to store intermediate-level waste, including obtaining and holding necessary regulatory licences, permits and approvals.
  • Coordinating Australia’s radioactive waste inventory.
  • Undertaking or commissioning research to support best practice approaches to managing Australia’s radioactive waste.
  • Developing the pathway for and eventually siting, constructing, operating and decommissioning a disposal facility for intermediate level waste.
  • Implementing a strategy to give effect to the policy principles and goals in the Australian Radioactive Waste Management Framework and develop a national approach for decommissioning of facilities.

Our officers work with a range of stakeholders including waste producers, industry, the community, regulators and government agencies.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking an Assistant Manager, Parliamentary, Secretariat and Coordination Governance to join our team. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Work with limited supervision to deliver outstanding briefing and support services to the Minister and senior staff.
  • Be an exceptional communicator, and develop and maintain excellent professional relationships with high level stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively, in particular the demonstrated ability to provide sound advice and prepared written reports and briefings.
  • Manage a small team to undertake time critical, complex and sensitive tasks ensuring adherence to workflow, parliamentary processes and internal procedures.
  • Actively engage with colleagues and content to ensure comprehensive understanding and management of issues.
  • Facilitate governance and stakeholder meetings utilising online communication applications, and overseeing a full secretariat function.
  • Demonstrate resilience to lead your team and influence across ARWA to manage ambiguity, competing pressures and a fast-paced programme implementation schedule.
  • Utilise your well-developed interpersonal skills to foster trust and cooperation, and work effectively and with integrity within a politically sensitive environment.
  • Be an advocate for, and lead by example to create a positive and collaborative workplace culture.

Tertiary qualification in communications or a related discipline and/or equivalent experience within communications policy is desirable.

What you will do 

As Assistant Manager responsible for Parliamentary, Secretariat and Coordination, with the support of a manager and a small team, you will take a leadership role with responsibility for coordinating and managing ARWA’s parliamentary liaison and the provision of advice, briefing material and support for the Minister, senior executive staff and colleagues.

As a leader in our small and vibrant agency you will also play a vital role in engaging with external stakeholders and contributing to a collegiate, collaborative and highly productive internal culture. 

The key duties of the position include:

  • Corporate - manage resources for the preparation for ministerial correspondence, briefs, agency narratives, parliamentary questions and submissions.
  • Program – manage resources required for Secretariat support for Agency governance committees.
  • Liaising with portfolio departmental policy and parliamentary teams.
  • Manage the workflow associated with ministerial correspondence, freedom of information requests, briefs and submissions ensuring a high level of service and quality to Ministers and the Executive.
  • Drafting of Question Time Briefs, Parliamentary Questions, Senate Estimates and the management items through PDMS.
  • Managing a small team providing secretariat function for governance committees.
  • Engaging with colleagues and complex, technical content to unsure inclusive ‘big picture’ strategic thinking to issues management and requests.
  • Maintaining a program-wide FAQ used to support formal correspondence and talking points.
  • Proactive development of tools and processes to facilitate efficient coordination and delivery of timely information.
  • Managing all Cabinet products including briefs and forecast reporting.
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders as required.


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

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


Successful candidates may need to undergo an ‘Agency Suitability Assessment’.  

Some intrastate and interstate travel may be required.

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 Clayton Boundey at or (08) 8406 4795.

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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