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Agency Security Project Officer and Adviser

Position number: 
Executive Level 1
Agency Security Project Officer and Adviser
Yallambie, VIC
Corporate Office
Performance and Governance
Closing Date: 
Sunday 18 November 2018
Salary Package: 
$101,895–$117,240 + 15.4% employer super

This non-ongoing (specified task) position is available to lead the day-to-day management of ARPANSA’s protective security program to ensure practices and procedures comply with the Protective Security Policy Framework and agency specific policies and procedures. This includes addressing actions identified following internal and/or external security related audits. The position will also take on the role of Agency Security Advisor (ASA) for the non-ongoing period of employment.


ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact the People and Culture team.

Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation through best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships, understanding risks, and engaging with the community.

Section overview

The Performance and Governance section sits within the Corporate Office and is responsible for developing, maintaining and integrating ARPANSA’s management systems, business planning, and performance and governance framework. This framework ensures the agency fulfils its corporate obligations, defines mechanisms for accountability, and supports a culture of high performance and continual improvement within ARPANSA. A key project for the section is to lead the development and implementation of an Integrated Management System for ARPANSA. Working in partnership with ARPANSA’s Executive, branches and offices, the section provides services and advice on corporate planning, risk management, performance evaluation, project management, as well as quality management and workplace health and safety activities.

The Agency Security Group (ASG) is a multi-disciplinary team of staff that are drawn from across the agency’s branches and offices to fulfil the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) compliance requirements. The ASG manages the agency’s protective security program, provides strategic advice and support to ARPANSA’s Security Executive and undertakes compliance monitoring activities as required.

Primary purpose of the role

Reporting to the Director of the Performance and Governance section and the Security Executive (for Agency Security Advisor (ASA) security matters) the Agency Security Project Officer and Adviser is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring ARPANSA’s protective security program and ensuring the agency’s protective security practices and procedures comply with the law and Australian government policies. In the capacity of ASA, the role will support the Security Executive to establish and maintain an effective protective security program for ARPANSA, and hold a key membership position in the ASG. The ASA will also assist senior management to analyse the agency’s security environment and plan measures to counter unacceptable security risks, as well as provide operational protective security support and advice to staff.

Key accountabilities

  • Lead the day-to-day management of ARPANSA’s protective security program to ensure practices and procedures comply with the PSPF and agency-specific policies and procedures.
  • Lead the development of a culture that promotes staff valuing, protecting and using agency information and assets correctly.
  • Lead a dynamic team by providing performance feedback, encouraging development and building capability through coaching others.
  • Research, analyse and provide high-level strategic and operational advice to senior management and stakeholders on a variety of physical, personnel, physical and information security matters.
  • Establish good networks and relations with key areas within the agency to enable an understanding of the agency’s business functions and vulnerabilities.
  • Act as the principle adviser on security risk management for the agency.

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for the position, you must hold a minimum qualification of Certificate IV in Government (Security) or equivalent. You will have extensive experience in security risk, threat assessment and management including cost benefit analysis. You will also have a sound understanding of the technical requirements of physical security, personnel security and information security.

You will have a comprehensive knowledge of the Australian Government PSPF and have experience in developing and delivering security awareness training and security incident investigations.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required. While ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement, this position will need to hold a current Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) or equivalent Negative Vetting 1 level security clearance.

Selection criteria

There are six selection criteria for this role. Candidates are asked to address the selection criteria by providing a statement of claims of no more than 1000 words:

  1. Comprehensive knowledge and substantial experience in protective security and the Australian Government’s PSPF
  2. Ability to conduct technical security assessments, and provide detailed protective security and PSPF advice to senior management
  3. Ability to apply professional judgement and innovative approaches to problem solving and decision making on complex matters
  4. High level interpersonal and communication skills that demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively and build and sustain positive relationships with staff and a range of key internal and external stakeholders and clients
  5. Highly developed skills and experience in report writing and providing information in a way that is clear, concise and readily understood by the intended audience
  6. Demonstrated ability to lead, manage and achieve quality outcomes in major projects through clear, concise and readily understood planning, communication, leadership and reporting.

Selection documentation

FilePN 13540 - Agency Security Project Officer and Adviser (EL1) - September 2018

Position information: Sarsha Collett (03) 9433 2430