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Physical Security Officer, APS Level 6, Chief Operating Office Group

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 6

About the team

The Property and Protective Security Branch is an exciting, fast-paced area that is a key enabler for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER). The branch supports the department’s mission by, providing staff with a safe, resilient and productive physical work environment.

The branch is responsible for the leases and maintenance of more than 60 properties across Australia and numerous minor construction projects. The branch is also responsible for the provision and development of protective security services, education and governance, for the protection of the department’s people, information and property assets.

This is an excellent opportunity to practically contribute to department’s security posture. You will contribute to the department’s mission by engaging with all divisions to build a strong security culture and secure working environment.

Our ideal candidate

DISER is seeking a talented professional to perform the role of Physical Security Officer within DISER’s head office located in Industry House in Canberra. This position will have the opportunity to help shape the future of DISER’s physical security policy, processes and procedures.

The successful applicant will liaise across the Branch, Department and Portfolio Agencies to deliver outcomes in support of key physical security priorities. Individuals should be energetic and highly motivated with a desire to learn in a dynamic enterprise environment.

The successful applicant will be able to communicate and engage with a broad stakeholder group.

In addition to the above, we are seeking someone with;

  • Prior involvement with a Federal Government agency.
  • Experience in the operation and management of security systems.
  • An understanding of, and relevant experience in applying, Commonwealth Government security requirements, including the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).

What you will do

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Management of day-to-day physical security operations of all DISER properties, including Secure Containers, Keying systems, Security Alarms, Electronic Access Control, Guard Services, Intruder Detection and CCTV systems. 
  • Assisting in the management of contracts and procurement, including guard services and physical security systems.
  • Assisting in the preparation and management of strategic frameworks for physical security, including strategic plans, policies, systems, technologies and procedures, and their associated budgets. 
  • Assisting in the preparation of high-level reports and briefing papers for the Chief Security Officer and Executive Management Team and other stakeholders as required. 
  • Contribute to the success of DISER’s security awareness program.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of security governance, including security frameworks, policies, and Standard Operating Procedures.

In addition to the above, the candidate will be able to:

  • Communicate clearly and with influence across a wide audience.
  • Demonstrate strategic thinking and sound judgement in an environment of complex and competing priorities with a strong work ethic; flexible can-do attitude; outcome-focused; and deadline driven approach.


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

Security Clearance

The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance of Negative Vetting Level 1.


This process is being used to fill an immediate vacancy within the Team. A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies for 12 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.

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 Luke Williams via email at

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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