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Property Project Manager, APS Level 6, Chief Operating Officer Group

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

About the team

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

We manage leases and maintenance of more than 60 properties across Australia and minor construction projects. We are 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.

The Property Strategy and Projects section manage a portfolio of property projects nationwide.  This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the development of the department’s property strategy, accommodation and facility footprint.

Our ideal candidate

This role is for high functioning, proactive, self-starters.

We are looking for talented professionals to perform the role of the Property Project Manager within DISER’s head office at Industry House, Canberra.

Our ideal candidates have experience (or qualifications) in:

  • project management
  • construction
  • property/accommodation delivery projects, or
  • facilities management activities.

Under broad direction they will undertake property project management work. They will:

  • manage schedules, risks, budgets and resources.
  • prepare briefs, submissions, report on project progress for senior management.
  • apply project management methodologies and procedures to activities.
  • show initiative, test courses of action and resolve issues relating to property and accommodation planning.
  • leverage opportunities when planning, prioritising and making decisions to support the department.
  • engage and communicate across a broad set of stakeholders.
  • show sound judgement in an environment of complex and competing priorities.
  • have a strong work ethic and flexible can-do attitude.
  • be outcome-focused and have a deadline driven approach to completing tasks.
  • support the department’s priorities and enable continuous improvement.

Knowledge of and experience with contract and contractor management, procurement, risk management and service delivery is desirable.

What you will do

In a fast-paced, changing environment, you will deliver property projects across the department. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Contributing to the scope, design, implementation, and handover or takeover of property and accommodation projects.
  • Evaluating and assessing activities and processes to identify and start innovative solutions.
  • Developing and contributing to strategies, solutions and investment planning to achieve a more affordable and sustainable property and accommodation footprint.
  • Contributing to property and accommodation related studies, engaging and managing specialist consultant support.
  • Setting team priories and allocating work, resources and tasks
  • Contributing to the development of short and long term priories.
  • Guiding, coaching and mentoring less experienced staff through sharing expertise.
  • Updating stakeholders on property and infrastructure requirements and processes.
  • Identifying risks to the accommodation development and planning processes
  • Resolving identified issues and provide advice to senior management and stakeholders.
  • Assessing current and emerging property and accommodation related trends, and providing advice as required.
  • Analysing and evaluating property and accommodation reports, provide recommendations and develop plans for delivery.
  • Undertaking procurement and budget management support.
  • Drafting written correspondence including submissions and responses, project plans, reports, committee papers and other artefacts as required.
  • Interpreting and complying with policy, regulations, guidelines, instructions and procedures in relation to property and accommodation planning and development.


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 Baseline security clearance.


This process is being used to fill immediate vacancies. A merit pool may be established and used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies for 12 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette.  Non-ongoing vacancies will be offered for an initial period of up to 12 months with possibility of extension.

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. In no more than 5000 characters (approx. 750 words), 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. You should try and align your application 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 Jo Brown 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 full time/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 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 refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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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