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Position Description: Assistant Director, Financial Advisory

Position Number: 18942
Position Title: Assistant Director, Financial Advisory
Group/Team: Policy and Analysis Group, Financial Advisory Team
Employment Type: Ongoing
Salary Range: $104,645 – $115,657 plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: EL1
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: Director, Policy and Analysis Group
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 1 March 2020

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


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 quality standards are being met by all higher education providers so that the interests of students and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector are promoted and protected. 

All providers of higher education – universities and non-universities alike – 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.

TEQSA’s purpose

To protect student interests and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector through a proportionate, risk-reflective approach to quality assurance that supports diversity, innovation and excellence.

Policy and Analysis Group

The Policy and Analysis Group is responsible for the enhancement of TEQSA’s outcomes and future direction through ongoing improvements to regulatory policy, business improvement, strategic projects and quantitative and qualitative analysis. 

The Group coordinates policy development. Working closely with the Commissioners, Chief Executive Officer and the Senior Management Team the Group is responsible for providing information and analysis relevant for reporting against the Corporate Plan and the Regulator Performance Framework, and providing information and analysis relevant to the quality, consistency and robustness of regulatory decisions.

The position

Reporting to the Director, Policy and Analysis the Assistant Director, Financial Advisory manages a team that is responsible for undertaking complex financial risk assessments and analysis in accordance with the Threshold Standards and TEQSA’s Risk Assessment Framework which will involve liaising with the relevant internal and external stakeholders and preparing appropriate recommendations.

The Assistant Director, Financial Advisory is responsible for undertaking analysis and reporting on financial indicators and trends at the sector level and providing advice on ways to better calibrate the financial risk indicators and assessment model.  This includes presenting recommendations on financial risk to the TEQSA Commission.

Other key deliverables include:

  • assisting with the timely release of TEQSA’s annual publications
  • co-ordination and completion of annual provider financial risk assessments
  • supporting regulatory decision making and regulatory functions through provider compliance assessments and recommendations to the TEQSA Commission
  • undertaking research and analysis to inform decisions relating to sector-wide issues, longer-term planning and liaison with other sections on policy, project or operational issues
  • assisting in strategic planning, program and project management and/or policy development for the work area
  • managing relationships with stakeholders to achieve work area and agency goals 
  • making  decisions which will involve exercising professional financial judgement, expertise and knowledge, under limited guidance 
  • ensuring decisions are governed by the principles of best practice regulation or the agency’s operating instructions and procedures
  • other duties and projects as required.

Selection criteria

Please note that your responses to the selection criteria should be brief and not exceed 200 words per criteria.

  1. an in-depth understanding legislative and financial frameworks and government decision-making processes including high level analytical skills, the ability to think critically, analyse evidence, identify trends and risks and recommend effective options including experience in one or more of the following:
    1. audit and assurance
    2. financial advisory (insolvency, transaction advisory services, forensic accounting)
    3. business analysis / proposal assessment
  2. strong leadership and management skills including experience managing team performance and capability
  3. strong organisational skills including the ability to manage competing deadlines and achieve non-negotiable deadlines
  4. excellent communication skills including the demonstrated ability to review or prepare high level, complex documents for the consumption of senior management and the proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  5. a relevant tertiary qualification and membership of a professional body (i.e. CPA/CAANZ) and experience in the Australian Higher Education Sector or in a regulatory context.


The successful applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or, subject to approval of the Agency Head, hold the necessary visa and work permits appropriate to the employment
  • satisfactorily complete a National Police Check
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security clearance to Baseline or Negative Vetting Level 1 status, if required for the role
  • satisfactorily complete a Credit History Check, if required for the role.

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

TEQSA supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. In particular, applications are encouraged from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people with cultural and linguistic diversity.

How to apply

Applicants need to refer to our Careers page.

You should include the following in your application:

  • TEQSA job application cover sheet
  • your responses to the selection criteria (maximum of 200 words per criterion)
  • a current resume.  

Completed applications are to be submitted to recruitment [at] teqsa.gov.au

For assistance addressing the selection criteria, you may wish to refer to ‘Cracking the Code: How to Apply for Jobs in the Australian Public Service’.