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Position Description: Assistant Director, Corporate Risk and Quality Assurance

Position Number: 18038
Position Title: Assistant Director, Corporate Risk and Quality Assurance
Group/Team: Legal, Risk and Quality Assurance Group
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary Range: $108,446 to $119,859 plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: Executive Level 1 (EL1)
Location: 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: General Counsel
Agency Employment Act: Public Service Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 22 May 2022

Applications must include the following cover sheet: TEQSA job application cover sheet [DOCX 1MB]

Corporate Risk and Quality Assurance at TEQSA

The Corporate Risk and Quality Assurance Team is embedded in TEQSA’s Legal, Risk and Quality Assurance Group. The team:

  • leads and supports TEQSA’s internal Quality Assurance function (QA), primarily through responsibility for the Agency’s risk management processes and frameworks
  • oversees enterprise risk management, reporting and monitoring within the Agency
  • coordinates procurement and oversight of the Agency's (outsourced) internal audit function
  • provides advice on security matters
  • supports development and maintenance of security policies and procedures
  • provides secretariat support to TEQSA’s independent Audit and Risk Committee.

About the position

The Assistant Director, Corporate Risk and Quality Assurance will operate under broad direction and draw on their knowledge and experience to lead TEQSA’s approach to risk and security management, and to internal quality assurance. They will translate strategy into operational goals and standards, create plans, provide expert advice, make decisions based on professional judgement, and have demonstrated experience in achieving results and business process improvement. 

They will initiate, establish, and maintain strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, capitalising on the knowledge within the organisation as well as consulting externally where appropriate, to drive and implement a culture of change and continuous improvement.

They will communicate with influence by anticipating and adapting messages to their target audience, gain stakeholder support through persuasive negotiation and be able to identify common ground to facilitate agreement and acceptance on highly complex and/or sensitive matters.


  1. Lead, coordinate and monitor the review and implementation of TEQSA’s enterprise risk management framework and internal quality assurance framework.
  2. Provide strategic advice on TEQSA’s enterprise risk management and quality assurance practices and approaches.
  3. Build team capabilities by providing leadership to team members, including setting the strategic direction of work priorities, monitoring workflows and resources, developing, coaching, and mentoring staff, resolving conflict, and managing performance.
  4. Support the work of TEQSA’s Audit and Risk Committee, and TEQSA’s relationship with the Committee.
  5. Manage the procurement of TEQSA’s (outsourced) internal audit function.
  6. Promote a culture of effective security and risk management.
  7. Review TEQSA’s security plans and practices and provide advice on the management of security risks.


Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline, such as law, education, public administration or public policy, are highly desirable.

How to apply

Your application should include the following items:

  1. a TEQSA job application cover sheet
  2. a statement of no more than 1000 words/2 pages that considers the position description, duties and desirable skills and addresses the following: 
  • why you are interested in the position
  • how your skills and experience make you suitable for the position
  • what value you can add to TEQSA.
  1. a current resume.

Once prepared, please submit your completed application to recruitment [at] teqsa.gov.au.

In preparing your statement, you should review the relevant Work Level Standards and the Integrated Leadership System information and include examples which demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of the position. You may also wish to refer to Cracking the Code: How to Apply for Jobs in the Australian Public Service.


The successful applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security clearance to Baseline status.

Failure to satisfy any of these conditions may result in the withdrawal of an offer of employment or termination of employment.

Other relevant information

  • This recruitment process is being used to fill an ongoing position.
  • A merit pool of suitable applicants may be created from this process and will be active for 18 months from the date of this advertisement. We may choose to use this merit pool to fill further ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies.
  • Non-ongoing vacancies may be filled up to 18 months with the possibility of a further extension (up to a total period of 3 years) or becoming ongoing.

Diversity and inclusion

TEQSA 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 LGBTIQA+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Work, health and safety responsibilities 

Section 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 details work, health and safety responsibilities for all TEQSA employees while at work, in the office or remotely.


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. TEQSA’s role is to ensure that all higher education is meeting quality standards providers to protect and promote the interests of students and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector.

All providers of higher education that offer higher education qualifications in or from Australia must be registered by TEQSA. Providers that do not have self-accrediting authority must also have their courses of study accredited by TEQSA.