Manager, Administrative Review, Research and Development Tax Incentive Program, Executive Level 2, AusIndustry

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: Programme Management, Executive Level 2, Other Management, Project Management

About the Branch

The R&D Tax Incentive (R&DTI) Program is the Government’s flagship program to support Australian businesses conducting research and development (R&D) activities.

The R&DTI program sits within AusIndustry, within the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. AusIndustry delivers a range of programs to help Australian businesses grow, innovate and thrive. The Division interacts with industry, research organisations and universities, as well as businesses through a variety of programs.

The program is jointly managed by the Department and the Australian Taxation Office and has staff in various state and territory office locations.

About the vacancy

The R&DTI is a broad based, self-assessment program, providing tax offsets for some of a company’s cost of doing eligible R&D activities. AusIndustry undertakes integrity activities that require delegate decision and which can be reviewed internally and by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The Administrative Review Team manages all aspects of administrative review for the program, including conducting internal reviews and managing litigation in the AAT and superior courts, and works to improve the quality of decision making across the program. The team also manages complex compliance cases and is responsible for the program’s Large Business Review assurance program.

Candidates with well-developed people management, stakeholder engagement and leadership skills will be highly regarded, as well as experience in managing legal proceedings and/or knowledge of the research and development or innovation programs. Experience in delivering a government program governed by legislation is preferred, but not essential.

Our ideal candidate

We are looking for capable and strategic thinking professionals that enjoy leading small teams of specialists and welcome being part of a national leadership team.

To be considered for this role, we are looking for the following attributes:

  • Strong leadership and negotiation skills to deliver outcomes in a fast paced environment
  • Strategic thinking, high level of analytical skills and providing high quality advice in complex and dynamic operating environments
  • Exceptional program management skills to lead, manage and deliver multiple projects and report on performance to ensure ongoing effectiveness
  • Highly developed stakeholder engagement skills, working in partnership with stakeholders and collaborators to understand and articulate complex business needs in order to deliver relevant and high-value solutions
  • Experience in developing staff and building teams to deliver high quality outputs
  • The ability to work calmly and effectively in a dynamic environment while managing competing priorities

What you will do

The key roles and responsibilities of the role are to:

  • Lead, mentor and manage a large nationally distributed team of R&DTI program specialists responsible for assessing R&DTI claims from Australian businesses;
  • Make findings about the eligibility of activities claimed under the R&DTI by Australian businesses;
  • Strategically manage compliance litigation in the AAT and superior courts;
  • Drive continuous improvement in assessment practices and decision making and incorporate the lessons from internal and external review into how the R&DTI Branch makes decisions;
  • Manage the conduct of Large Business Reviews; and
  • Manage relationships with key R&DTI program users.


This process is being used to fill a current Executive Level 2 vacancy. A merit pool may be established to fill future Executive Level 2 vacancies for up to 18 months.


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

To be eligible for this role, candidates must have a degree in law from an Australian university or the equivalent. For clarity, this role does not require you to provide legal advice and a practising certificate is not required.

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.

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 Kelley Wiggins at Kelley. or on 03 9268 7546.

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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