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Position Description: Assistant Director, Governance and Planning

Position Number: 18939
Position Title: Assistant Director, Governance and Planning 
Group/Team: Corporate Services / Corporate Governance and Planning Team
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary Range: $104,645 to $115,657 pa plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: Executive Level 1 (EL1)
Location: 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: Director and CFO, Corporate Services
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 25 July 2021

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 the 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 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. In keeping with contemporary trends in quality assurance and regulation, TEQSA’s approach:

  • is standards-based, risk-reflective and transparent
  • places a significant emphasis on promoting and facilitating a culture of effective self-assurance as an integral part of a provider’s ordinary operations
  • is based on a preferred model of respectful regulatory partnerships, with individual providers and with the sector overall.

This approach enables TEQSA to be effective in ordinary and extraordinary times across a range of areas, such as sector reform, COVID-19 response and recovery, and identifying and responding to emerging issues.

Corporate Services

The Corporate Services Group provides strategic management of TEQSA’s resources, a wide remit which includes planning and performance management, people and organisational development, financial management, risk management, funding negotiation, and infrastructure. It is led by the Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Corporate services, and is supported by a small team of staff across a range of areas.

About the position

The Assistant Director, Governance and Planning will be accountable, under broad direction, for the Agency’s strategic and annual planning and performance reporting requirements. They will understand and implement government requirements such as the Commonwealth Performance Framework and develop content for the Annual Report and other performance and business reporting by measuring organisational performance against key performance indicators and benchmarks. 

The Assistant Director will provide leadership and direction to team members, translate strategy into operational goals and standards, make decisions based on professional judgement and demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development. They will foster and maintain strong stakeholder relationships and work collaboratively with others to achieve results and business process improvements and resolve complex or escalated issues. 


  1. Develop, manage, and drive TEQSA’s business planning and reporting processes, both annual and multi-year.
  2. Contribute to, and quality assure a wide range of ad hoc, quarterly, annual and performance reporting requirements for the Agency.
  3. Monitor emerging issues and identify the impact of these on the Group’s strategic and operational priorities when exercising discretion, negotiating outcomes, and contributing to planning and decision-making.
  4. Lead TEQSA’s secretariat and parliamentary liaison functions to ensure delivery of timely and quality outcomes; provide advice and support on Accountable Authority matters, assist with the preparation of briefings, submissions and other materials to support participation in Government processes, and resolve sensitive or complex issues.
  5. Provide leadership to team members, including building capability through training and coaching others, monitoring workloads and progress, providing performance feedback, building cooperation, and improving team performance.
  6. Build and sustain productive and influential relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders to facilitate cooperation and ensure high quality support and services are delivered, objectives achieved, and future needs addressed. 
  7. Work closely and collaboratively with the Agency’s audit, risk and quality assurance function to understand key issues, sensitivities and desired outcomes, deliver quality and timely outcomes and resolve issues.
  8. Drive the ongoing development and maintenance of key policies, standards, guidelines, and business processes, related to planning and governance, through close consultation and collaboration with internal stakeholders. 
  9. Manage internal reviews of governance arrangements, provide expert advice and make strategic recommendations that will enhance performance and work practices.
  10. Perform other duties as directed.

Our ideal candidate (selection criteria)

  • Has highly developed planning and people management skills, including the ability to lead and manage multi-disciplinary teams to deliver high quality outcomes that have an agency-wide impact, in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Can develop, coach and mentor employees, and provide leadership in a climate of rapid change, uncertainty, and continuous improvement to achieve and maintain high-performance.
  • Possesses strong research and analytical skills and the ability to prepare high quality reports and submissions using complex and varied sources of information.
  • Makes balanced decisions and uses professional judgement to analyse and solve complex problems, influence decision makers, and manage identified risks.
  • Has the ability to communicate effectively and with influence and develop collaborative and strategic working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Qualifications and experience

A relevant higher education qualification(s) or experience working in the Australian Public Services would be highly valued.

How to apply

Your application should include the following items:

  • a statement of no more than 1000 words addressing the Our ideal candidate section above, explaining how your experience, skills and qualifications make you the ideal candidate for the role
  • a TEQSA job application cover sheet
  • a current resume.  

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

Please refer to TEQSA’s careers page for the relevant documents and more information.

For assistance with preparing your responses, you may 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 will be created from this process and may be used to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies. It is active for 12 months from the date of this advertisement.
  • 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 LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Please advise us if you require any additional assistance in order to fully participate in the recruitment process or the workplace. This information will be held in strict confidence.

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.