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Security and Risk Advisor

Position number: 
Executive Level 1
Security and Risk Advisor
Yallambie, VIC
Corporate Office
Performance and Governance
Closing Date: 
Sunday 25 August 2019
Salary Package: 
$102,914-$118,412 + 15.4% employer 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 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 understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships 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. 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 is a multi-disciplinary team of staff that are drawn from across the agency’s branch and offices to fulfil the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) compliance requirements. The Agency Security Group manages the agency’s protective security program, provides strategic advice and support to the ARPANSA Chief Security Officer (CSO) and undertakes compliance monitoring activities as required.

Primary purpose of the role

Reporting to the Director of Performance and Governance Section, and the CSO for Agency Security Advisor (ASA) matters, the Security and Risk Advisor is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to ARPANSA’s protective security program, risk management function and business continuity management activities. In the capacity as the ASA, the role will support the CSO to establish and maintain an effective protective security program for ARPANSA, and will hold a key membership position on the Agency Security Group. This role is also responsible for overseeing all risk management activities and working closely with ARPANSA’s executive to embed the risk management framework into day-to-day business practices. A key focus of the role is to implement and manage an effective business continuity management system in accordance with best practice that will enable ARPANSA to respond appropriately to a wide range of disruptive events.

Key accountabilities

  • Act as the Agency Security Advisor and lead the day-to-day management of ARPANSA’s security program to ensure security measures applied to protect the agency’s people, information and assets are proportionate with assessed risks, and ensure practices and procedures comply with the PSPF.

  • Maintain, evaluate and improve ARPANSA’s Risk Management Framework and manage the embedding and accountability for risk across the agency.

  • Plan, manage and lead the development and implementation of business continuity plans and arrangements that are fit-for-purpose and meet required standards.

  • Act as the principle point of contact for the agency’s Audit and Risk Committee and manage the risk based audit program. 

  • Provide training and support to staff in the implementation of processes and procedures to ensure they are aware of their obligations and requirements relating to protective security and risk management.

  • Provide high level strategic and operational advice and written reports to executive, the CSO, Audit and Risk Committee and stakeholders on a range of protective security and risk management matters.

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for the position, you must hold a minimum qualification of a Diploma in Government  (Security) level or equivalent. You will have a comprehensive knowledge of the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and have extensive experience in security risk and threat assessment and management. You will have qualifications in risk management or related discipline appropriate to the duties of the position, and a demonstrated knowledge of risk management principles to ensure the effective integration of risk management within ARPANSA’s processes, policies and procedures. 

You will have excellent organisational skills with a proven track record of delivering high-level results and extensive experience in supporting organisational and operational change programs in a complex operating environment. You will have experience building strong relationships with peers and a variety of stakeholders and utilising these relationships to effectively drive continuous improvement whilst contributing positively to a team environment. You should possess outstanding personal attributes and a demonstrated ability to contribute to the development of effective, inclusive, consultative and high performing organisational cultures.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate as required. The position is a designated security assessed position that will require you to successfully undertake and maintain a security clearance.    

Selection criteria

There are six selection criteria for this role. Candidates are asked to limit their response to no more than 300 words per selection criteria.

  1. Comprehensive knowledge and substantial experience in protective security, in particular the Australian Government’s PSPF. 
  2. Sound knowledge of risk management principles and demonstrated experience implementing enterprise risk management processes.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of business continuity and disaster recovery plans which meet relevant standards.
  4. Ability to apply professional judgement and innovative approaches to problem solving and decision making on complex matters.
  5. High level interpersonal and communication skills that demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively and build and sustain positive relationships with a range of key internal and external stakeholders and clients.
  6. Demonstrated experience in successfully embedding an organisational culture where protective security and risk management is understood, embraced and valued by the broader agency. 

Selection Documentation

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Position information: 
Sarsha Collett via phone 03-9433 2430