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Position Description: Risk Analyst

Position Number: 18950
Position Title: Risk Analyst
Group/Team: Executive Office – Policy and Analysis Team
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-Time
Salary Range: $73,480 to $78,556 pa, plus 15.4% Superannuation
Classification: APS Level 5
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: Manager, Policy and Analysis
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 30 October 2018

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


The Executive Office supports the Commissioners and CEO of TEQSA. The work of the Executive Office is varied and dynamic and extends across the whole agency. The Executive Office has primary responsibility for coordinating overall agency activities, and a front line role in mediating between TEQSA and statutory stakeholders (internal such as the Commission and external including the Department of Education and Training, the Higher Education Standards Panel and others).

The Executive Office consists of two teams:

  • The Policy and Analysis Team is responsible for the enhancement of TEQSA’s outcomes and future direction through ongoing improvements to regulatory policy, business improvement, strategic projects (steered by the Strategic Project Steering Group) and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Regulatory policy development includes both internal policy and external policy requiring input from TEQSA, consultation documents and reform policy (enhancing how TEQSA performs its role).
  • The Governance Team provides support to the CEO and secretariat support to the Commission. This team is responsible for engagement with Ministerial and Parliamentary offices and services.

The Position

This role is responsible for providing specialist technical advice and analysis to the Senior Management Team on risk analysis, regulatory reporting, risk assessment cycles and risk assessment of provider applications and input into data checks and validation.

The position may involve interstate travel.

Position duties

  • analyse and interpret provider risk profiles and other data (i.e. PRISMS) to inform assessment scoping
  • monitor provider performance through review and analysis of responses to conditions and other data and information requests
  • contribute as required to producing external facing data and analytical reports that support TEQSA’s educative regulatory functions
  • provide specialist technical advice and analysis to Senior Management Team on issues in areas of expertise including risk analysis, regulatory policy, and analysis and reporting
  • undertake annual risk assessment cycle; assist in the scoping of regulatory assessments and support communications with providers as appropriate
  • contribute as required to data validation and completeness checks as part of TEQSA’s data acquisition functions
  • maintain current professional knowledge including best practice models in relation to specialist area and regulatory requirements
  • contribute to development and maintenance of policy, technical manuals and guidelines in support of the group’s functions
  • operate under limited direction as required to manage cases that are at either high - low/ moderate risk level, to deliver the assessment of applications under relevant legislation for (re)registration, course (re)accreditation and assurance activities
  • undertake risk based assessments of applications as required, reviewing and analysing evidence submitted by providers and derived from other sources, interpreting legislation, and applying sound judgment to prepare well-argued recommendations for consideration by decision-makers
  • maintain and apply comprehensive work knowledge, including knowledge of precedents, relevant legislation, standards, quality assurance procedures, reporting requirements, best practice regulatory models, policy, procedures and guidelines to assessments involving complexity and sensitivity and requiring considerable interpretation and analysis
  • other duties as assigned.

Selection criteria

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

  1. well-developed analytical skills including the ability to analyse, interpret, monitor and report on data/trends
  2. demonstrated ability to undertake analysis of both qualitative and quantitative datasets
  3. strong written and verbal communication skills, with experience in communicating complex data and information to a range of audiences verbally and/or in the form of high-quality, concise reports and briefs
  4. strong organisational skills and the ability to manage competing deadlines, whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail in the delivery of reports and projects
  5. ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  6. demonstrated ability to be proactive and work independently, making decisions and exercising judgement within defined parameters under general direction, when required
  7. strong IT skills, particularly with the MS Office suite of applications. Advanced MS Excel skills would be advantageous.


A relevant tertiary qualification(s) and experience in the Australian higher education sector or the Australian Public Service is preferred.


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, as required.

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.


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. TEQSA was established on 29 January 2012 under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.

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. TESQA takes a risk-based approach to planning and implementing its assessments of provider compliance with these standards.

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, which is virtually all of the non-university providers at present, 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.

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)
  • and 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’.