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Senior Communications Officer, APS Level 6, Australian Building Codes Board

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

About the Australian Building Codes Board

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a standards writing body responsible for:

  • developing and maintaining the National Construction Code (NCC), and
  • administering the WaterMark and CodeMark Certification Schemes.

The ABCB promotes efficiency in the design, construction and performance of buildings and plumbing systems. We do this through the NCC and the development of effective regulatory and non-regulatory approaches, in collaboration with governments and industry.

The ABCB Office is a subsidiary agency of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. The ABCB Office is a professional, technical and administrative team that provides support to the Board and its ongoing work program.

About the team

The Digital Engagement Team is a multidisciplinary team delivering stakeholder management, consultation and communication and advertising activities. We strive for continuous improvement, and are passionate about the work we do.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter. They have a high level of attention to detail and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They will:

  • be an experienced government digital communications specialist
  • have experience providing advice and guidance to stakeholders that contribute to/enhance business and project outcomes
  • have strong judgement ability, and can effectively set priorities, with limited supervisions
  • have demonstrated experience contributing to strategic communications planning activities. This includes application of the government Advertising Policy
  • have experience developing and implementing campaigns, including coordinating procurement processes and suppliers
  • have an understanding of WCAG2.2 guidelines, and/or experience working with digital delivery platforms, and
  • have experience, or a willingness to undertake, data analysis to help the improvement of business activities.

12 months’ experience and/or tertiary qualifications in communications (or similar) is desirable.

What you will do

You will be responsible for the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement, advertising and communication activities. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • managing and administering digital communication activities and requirements
  • development of strategies and campaigns
  • coordinating, developing, or designing creative materials and videos
  • engaging with project managers and agencies to encourage development of key messages and external communication content
  • undertaking effective evaluation and reporting of communication activities against business objectives for initiatives and projects
  • providing financial administration and purchasing support in line with finance and procurement policies, and
  • promoting workplace safety, equity and diversity, participative management and environmental management in the workplace and act under APS Values.


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 within the Branch. 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.  Non-ongoing vacancies will be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months, with possibility of extension.

While roles are based in Canberra, we are open to consider candidates from other states and territories.  Remote work arrangements will be assessed on a case by case basis.

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 Brydie Lanham via, or on 02 6102 8079.

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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