Program Officer, APS Level 5, AusIndustry

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: Programme Management, APS Level 5, Project Management

About the team

AusIndustry has a range of roles available to help change Australia for the better.

The division has two branches with employment opportunities:

  • Portfolio Program Delivery
  • Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Our work includes:

The Portfolio Program Delivery Branch contributes to the implementation of Government policies through the design and management of a range of programs across areas such as Science, Energy, Resources, Small Business, Manufacturing, Innovation, Digital, Climate Change and Space.

The teams work in partnership with policy partners through all phases of policy implementation from design to delivery and closure, to achieve policy and program outcomes.

The Entrepreneur’s Programme Branch delivers advice, networking and grants to support Australian Small and Medium Enterprises to build their capability to grow, innovate and commercialise nationally and globally. The Programme provides a suite of services tailored to help them achieve their vision and grow. These services are provided through a dedicated, national network of over 170 free, independent, expert facilitators.

The program, is delivered through a collaborative partnership with industry leading private sector organisations called delivery partners and business experts called Facilitators.

Our ideal candidate

Do you have a passion for making a difference? Do you want to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing Australia today? Can you deliver high quality customer service and results? Are you ready to launch your career in the Australian Public Service?

If you want to be at the cutting edge of program delivery, then we want to hear from you.

You do not need a background in the program areas or the APS. We are looking for talented and motivated people who can bring a range of experiences, knowledge, skills and perspectives.

You will have:

  • The ability to assist in the delivery of complex and sensitive work programs under the direction of the Assistant Manager.
  • Accountability for organising your workflow and making independent decisions relating to an area of responsibility. 
  • The ability to contribute to a positive, collaborative and inclusive culture.  
  • Leadership and people management skills.
  • Stakeholder relationship skills.
  • Sound judgement skills.
  • High-level communication skills, both written  and oral including a professional phone manner.
  • Problem-solving and analytical thinking abilities.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and resilience.
  • Results-focused mindset, combined with teamwork and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and strong attention to detail.
  • The ability to use various computer systems and databases efficiently or the ability to learn new systems quickly and easily.

We strongly encourage applications from:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with disability
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • LGBTQI+ people
  • People seeking flexible work arrangements, including part-time hours or locations based outside of Canberra, ACT.

What you will do

Program Officers assist in the development, delivery and management of public-facing government programs, in co-operation with multiple groups of internal and external stakeholders. You should be able to work with independence, subject to limited direction against established priorities, practices, and methodologies to deliver quality outcomes.

Specific duties may include:

  • Assist program delivery, including assessment of eligibility and/or merit of applications for program support, in accordance with relevant legislation and guidelines
  • Undertake and manage moderately complex projects under the direction of higher classification levels
  • A considerable amount of public contact and the requirement to communicate with and provide advice to a wide variety of customers and external stakeholders 
  • Assist with Freedom of Information Requests
  • Participate in contract management including monitoring contract performance
  • Assist with risk assessment and risk management activities for programs
  • Draft briefing papers and written reports for higher classification levels
  • Provide Secretariat support to various Committee arrangements


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 APS Level 5 vacancies. A merit pool may be established to fill future APS Level 5 vacancies.

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 and no longer than 3 pages).

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 Susan King via or on 0419 019 894.

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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