Personnel Security Officer, APS Level 5, Chief Operating Officer

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 5, Security

About the department

The department plays a key role in the Australian Government’s agenda to create jobs and build a stronger, more resilient and competitive economy. Our work builds on Australia’s existing strengths, supports businesses to grow, and drives new opportunities for long-term productivity growth and prosperity. The success of the department helps Australia recover from the economic consequences of COVID‑19 and adapt to its ongoing effects. Through our work, we support the government’s economic recovery plan and help to deliver a better future for all Australians.

About the team

The Property and Protective Security Branch is a key enabler for the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR). The branch supports the department’s mission by providing staff with a safe, resilient and productive work environment.

Part of the branch remit is the provision and development of protective security services, policy, education and governance, for the protection of the department’s people, information and property assets.

The opportunity

We have an APS level 5, ongoing or non-ongoing Personnel Security Officer position within the DISR Personnel Security team in Canberra. The role requires the provision of high-quality administration as part of the Personnel security team, who manage the department’s pre-employment suitability assessments and security clearance requirements.

Our ideal candidate

The successful candidates will have:

  • Strong written, oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and an ability to show good judgement, think strategically and logically.
  • Demonstrated understanding of risk management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Personnel Security, including the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) is highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to plan and organise work and produce high quality results.
  • Flexibility to manage a diverse workload and competing priorities, in a busy team environment, and achieve results.
  • The ability to build and maintain productive working relationships, including with colleagues, customers and stakeholders at all levels.
  • A professional approach and high level of confidentiality.

Pre-employment screening and/or security clearance vetting experience would be highly desirable.

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

Working with a small team, you can expect to be involved with a variety of tasks including:

  • Conduct pre-employment suitability assessments, including the preparation of complex case decisions.
  • Submit security clearance requests to the AGSVA for initial, upgrade, and revalidations.
  • Prepare temporary access and eligibility suitability paperwork for delegate approval.
  • Provide support and advice to a range of stakeholders both internal and external on matters relating to security clearance requirements.
  • Provide operational protective and personnel security advice as required.
  • Positively influence DISR’s security culture.
  • Assist with other support duties as necessary.


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

Positions require a Negative Vetting Level 2 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 Canberra 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 on this vacancy, please contact Rebecca Newman on 02 6276 1546 or

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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