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Director, Governance & Risk

Position number: 
Executive Level 2
Director, Governance & Risk
Yallambie, VIC
Office of the CEO
Governance and Risk
Closing Date: 
Monday 6 July 2020
Salary Package: 
$145,120-$164,797 per annum package incl. 15.4% super

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 Office of People Strategies and Wellbeing 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 understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.

Section overview

The Office of the CEO is comprised of three sections; Communications, Government and International Relations and Governance and Risk. The Governance and Risk section 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. 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, protective security and business continuity management.

Primary purpose of the position

The Director, Governance and Risk is responsible for managing and continuously improving ARPANSA’s risk-informed integrated planning, performance and governance framework. This framework provides a sound basis for decision making, defines mechanisms for accountability and stewardship, ensures alignment of strategic priorities and operational activities, and promotes a culture of high performance within ARPANSA. This role is responsible for implementing the requirements of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and includes management of corporate planning, performance evaluation, and systems of risk oversight and internal control, including business continuity management. The role is also responsible for providing leadership, management and direction to the agency’s project management framework, quality system, and protective security program. The role is pivotal in facilitating the integration of these functions across ARPANSA and managing the development and implementation of associated strategies, including any change management requirements. The role is the Chair of the Project Management Advisory Group and an observer of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

Key accountabilities

  • Plan, manage and lead ARPANSA’s integrated planning, performance and governance framework to ensure the agency meets its obligations under the PGPA Act and achieves its strategic objectives;
  • Drive the development, implementation and adoption of best practice policies, processes and systems relating to quality management, project management, risk management, business continuity and protective security;
  • Provide strategic advice, problem solving and issues management for ARPANSA’s Executive Group on a range of complex matters relevant to the role to support agency decision making and deliver optimal business outcomes;
  • Promote a culture of high performance, accountability and continual improvement within ARPANSA through the provision of expert advice and positive working relationships;
  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to the Governance and Risk Team, including developing business plans, budgets, strategies and priorities, and monitoring workflow and performance.

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for this position, you will have a proven track record in successfully managing corporate governance frameworks in the public or private sector, with particular emphasis on performance measurement and evaluation. You should possess a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Australian Government PGPA Act (or the ability to acquire such knowledge), implementation of quality systems, protective security and risk management strategies. Ideally, you will hold tertiary qualifications in an appropriate discipline from an Australian university, comparable overseas qualification or other alternative qualifications. 

You will be an excellent strategic thinker and people leader, especially with teams of expert professionals and have a strong understanding of public sector performance management expectations at both a corporate and individual level. You will be an engaging and motivational manager with the ability to lead staff towards a culture of high performance. You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate on an occasional basis. This position requires you to hold a current Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) or equivalent Negative Vetting 1 level security clearance.

Selection criteria

There are five Selection criteria for this position. Candidates are asked to limit their response to no more than 300 words per selection criteria.

  1. Demonstrated experience and leadership in successfully managing a corporate governance program.
  2. Demonstrated success in promoting a culture of continuous improvement and experience in corporate service delivery.
  3. Demonstrated experience leading technical teams, with a focus on risk management, project management, quality systems and protective security. 
  4. Demonstrated experience leading the development and implementation of complex projects and change initiatives across an organisation.
  5. High-level interpersonal and communication skills which demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively and build and sustain positive relationships with staff and a range of key stakeholders.


  • Flexible working options 
  • Study assistance and salary packaging options
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Located in the leafy northern suburbs 15 km from CBD
  • Modern amenities room with garden courtyard
  • Free parking

Selection documentation

Position information: 
Tone Doyle via phone 03 9433 2466