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Communications Officer, APS Level 6, Chief Operating Officer Group

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

About the branch

The Communications Branch sits within the Corporate and Digital Division and plays a key role in how the department tells its story and in supporting the department’s policy objectives. The branch manages a number of communications channels and offers advice on all aspects of communications. It plays a key role in supporting Ministers and the department’s Executive.

We are seeking candidates to join our strategic communications teams. The successful applicant will join a dynamic branch with a strong focus on:

  • strategic priorities
  • working closely and early with our policy and program colleagues
  • building strong communications capability across the department and
  • leading a content-focused, digital first approach to developing impactful communications.

Our work is diverse, reflecting the breadth of subject matters that fall under the Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio. We work with our colleagues on topics like energy, climate change, space, science and commercialisation, industry growth, business support programs and resources.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate:

  • is a government communications specialist with a breadth of skills and experience.
  • has experience in developing and implementing communication strategies.
  • is a strategic thinker, able to consider projects holistically as well as how they might relate to other bodies of work.
  • has effective writing and editing skills.
  • has a proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, including strong stakeholder engagement skills.
  • has knowledge of whole of government advertising processes and guidelines.
  • has experience in developing and implementing communications and advertising campaigns, including assisting in managing a range of campaign suppliers, campaign budgets and campaign procurement requirements.

Tertiary qualifications in Communications (or a related field) or relevant work experience is highly desirable.

What you will do 

You will be part of strategic communication teams, providing communications support and advice to the department and ministerial offices. You will work with others in the branch and across the department to develop and implement comprehensive communications strategies.

Your role could include:

  • Developing web content, internal communications, publications and marketing material.
  • Assisting in managing advertising campaigns.
  • Editorial services and content creation for the department and our Ministers.
  • Ensuring integrity through accuracy and consistency of messaging, responsiveness, timeliness and quality output.
  • Effectively engaging with program and client areas to encourage collaboration in the development of key messaging and external communications content.
  • Undertaking effective evaluation of communication activities against objectives for key initiatives and projects.


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.


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 offers will be 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, 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).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Alison Thorn via, 02 6243 7856 or 0408 228 324 .

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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