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Director, Risk and Quality/Chief Risk Officer

Position number: 
Executive Level 2
Director Risk and Quality/Chief Risk Officer
Yallambie, Vic
Office of the CEO
Risk and Quality
Closing Date: 
Sunday 24 October 2021
Salary Package: 
$150,982-$171,454 per annum package inc 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.

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, Governance and Strategic Partnerships, and Risk and Quality. The Risk and Quality section is responsible for developing, maintaining and integrating ARPANSA’s Management System (AMS), risk management framework, work health and safety (including radiation safety) framework, and plays a leading role in the implementation of the Agency’s protective security plan in close cooperation with the Agency Security Group to fulfil the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) compliance requirements. This ensures the agency fulfils its corporate obligations, defines mechanisms for accountability, and supports a culture of high performance and continual improvement within ARPANSA.

Primary purpose of the position

The Director, Risk and Quality is the Section Head and concurrently the agency’s Chief Risk Officer (CRO). The position is responsible for managing and continuously improving ARPANSA’s risk management framework, and together with other sections in the Office of the CEO, ensuring risk is integrated into all the agency’s business planning and activities. A risk informed approach 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 Commonwealth Risk Management Policy and Framework and the PSPF. It includes management of 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 integrated management system, work, health and safety functions, and overseeing the agency’s security advisor. 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 manages the Audit and Risk Committee and is an observer of the Committee.

Key accountabilities

  • Lead the effective implementation and ongoing evaluation of the agency’s risk management framework including periodic review and reporting to the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Drive the development, implementation and adoption of best practice policies, processes and systems relating to quality, risk, safety, security and business continuity;
  • Provide strategic advice, problem solving and issues management for ARPANSA’s Executive Group on a range of complex matters across risk, safety and security 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 Risk and Quality 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 significant experience and high-level understanding of risk management and how to drive organisational culture towards being risk informed. Experience in enterprise work health and safety systems is desirable. You should possess a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Australian Government PGPA Act (or the ability to acquire such knowledge). As a leader of expert professionals across work health and safety, security and quality experience in enterprise safety, security and/or quality systems is desirable.

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.


  • 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 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. Significant experience and high-level understanding of risk management at an organisational  level.
  2. Demonstrated success in promoting a culture of continuous improvement and experience in implementing change management.
  3. Demonstrated experience leading technical teams, with a focus on risk management, quality systems and/or health and safety.
  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.
Position information: 
For further information, please contact Ryan Hemsley via phone 03 9433 2414. To apply, please submit your resume, ARPANSA application cover sheet and statement addressing the key selection criteria in the position description to recruitment@arpansa.gov.au.