HR Officer, APS6, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Adelaide
Categories: APS Level 6, Human Resources (HR) and People, Internally and Externally shared

Job Title

HR Officer, APS6, Australian Radioactive Waste Agency

About the team

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA), a newly established Commonwealth Agency, has a unique opportunity to lead and shape the future of Australia’s expertise in radioactive waste management with a dynamic, multidisciplinary team working together to implement the Government’s commitment to the safe and secure management of the nation’s radioactive waste.

The Human Resources (HR) team, which is part of the Agency's Corporate Services Group, provides proactive strategic and operational HR advice and support by working in partnership with business areas. Reporting to the Assistant Manager HR Operations, the HR Officer is responsible for assisting in managing the employee life cycle, including recruitment and selection, on boarding, learning and development, retention and separation.

The role provides administrative support to the HR team for the provision of recruitment and induction of new staff and the development of HR policies, processes and procedures.  The HR officer will be also responsible for the day to day operations of an outsourced payroll function, reporting requirements and supporting other HR activities as required.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have


  • Proven experience in provision of high level HR advice and support across a diverse organisation
  • Demonstrated ability to influence key stakeholders in order to achieve effective outcomes
  • Proven ability to contribute to the development of HR policies and strategies to support agency goals and initiatives
  • A high level knowledge of government legislation, policies, procedures and systems, particularly related to human resources inclusive of APS guidelines and standards as they apply
  • A well-developed interpersonal skills that foster trust and cooperation, and a proven ability to work effectively and with integrity within a politically sensitive environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fluid environment, remaining flexible, agile and adaptable supporting colleagues at short notice.
  • Demonstrated experience working with in payroll administration and systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to promoting and creating a safe and inclusive work environment.


  • Tertiary qualification in Human Resources Management/Business Management, or relevant experience working in a human resources, workforce planning and/or payroll environment.

What you will do

As the HR officer you will be responsible for providing advice and support on a range of HR matters, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, maintaining effective working relationships and administrative support.

The duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Providing HR support and guidance to managers regarding recruitment processes, processing offers, new starter paper work and on boarding practices
  • Managing, resolving and responding to a range of employee enquiries in accordance with the applicable Enterprise Agreement, work practices and relevant legislation
  • Interpreting and applying a range of Commonwealth legislation and internal policies relating to the Australian Public Service
  • Supporting and contributing to the execution of the design, development, implementation and review of HR policies and procedures
  • Providing support to managers and employees to enable them to build a positive inclusive culture in line with ARWA’s vision and the APS Values and Code of Conduct.
  • Driving continuous improvement of HR systems and processes, implementing changes based on feedback to facilitate business improvement
  • Supporting, coordinating and contributing to human resources project work, and the delivery of HR initiatives and strategies
  • Administer and coordinate payroll activities via the outsourced payroll provider
  • Coordinate HR reporting requirements.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or going to be granted Australian Citizenship before commencement or meets the criteria for Australian Citizenship Wavier. You may be asked to provide evidence of this.

Undertake a pre-employment security assessment and subsequent security clearance. Be medically fit to undertake the duties of the job.

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette.

The department does currently offer flexible work opportunities for many roles. This vacancy is Adelaide based, although flexible or remote work arrangements may be considered. Please reach out to the contact officer to discuss this further.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

Please 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 key duties listed above.

Please complete your application online and 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.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Stephanie Hardy via, or on 08 8406 4718.

Advertised: Cen. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: Cen. Australia Daylight Time

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