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Position Description: Senior Finance Officer

Position Title: Senior Finance Officer
Group/Team: Corporate Group – Finance Team
Employment Type: Ongoing, Full-Time
Salary Range: $82,607 - $90,840 pa, plus 15.4% Superannuation
Classification: APS Level 6
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: Director, Corporate and CFO
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 9 December 2018

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


The Corporate Group is responsible for managing all corporate functions including Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Case Management System (CMS) development, the National Register, human resources, internal audit, finance, agency performance, and capital projects.

The Finance Team within the Corporate Group provides financial management services, both strategic and operational for the effective functioning of the agency. Team functions include financial accounting and reporting (including accounts payable and receivable), management accounting (including budgeting and reporting), taxation and Treasury functions management, asset management, procurement, banking and credit card management.

Position duties

  • undertake periodic reporting and accounting functions including:
    • month end/year end reporting including journal postings
    • statutory financial statements preparation in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards and the PGPA Financial Reporting Rules (FRR) 
    • monthly GL reconciliations
    • BAS lodgement
    • Treasury functions
    • external audit liaison
    • ensuring the quality and integrity of information contained in the FMIS.
  • provide strategic financial advice on policy and corporate matters to the CFO and senior management as required
  • provide analysis of financial data to management – eg. variance commentary between actual results and budget
  • manage accounts payable and accounts receivable processes
  • prepare payroll reconciliations
  • manage Whole of Government (WoG) centralised travel services arrangement
  • maintain corporate credit cards and the Expense Management System (EMS) - credit card issuance, removal and register maintenance
  • develop communication tools regarding finance processes for the agency, such as guides and fact sheets, forms, etc
  • assist with the implementation of process improvements for the Finance Team
  • liaise with representatives from the Department of Finance, Department of Education & Training, MoU parties, external suppliers and other Commonwealth agencies to identify critical issues, develop and maintain professional and collaborative relationships, identify best practice and ensure access to information
  • contribute to the achievement of the Finance Team’s outcomes as identified in the Finance Business Plan, and assist with the development of TEQSA’s Financial Procedures manual and TEQSA policies as required
  • 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. demonstrated experience and knowledge of general accounting principles and standards, and financial reporting and management frameworks, preferably within a government environment (ie. Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and PGPA Rules, Commonwealth Procurement Rules)
  2. well-developed analytical skills including the ability to analyse, interpret, monitor and report on financial information
  3. strong written and verbal communication skills, with experience in communicating complex financial 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, in order to achieve goals of the work area and overall organisational objectives
  6. strong IT skills, particularly with MS Excel, and experience in the use of a financial management system, preferably TechnologyOne, would be advantageous.


Membership of a professional accounting body (such as CPA/CA), or working towards a professional qualification, will be highly regarded.


The successful applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • satisfactorily complete a National Police Check
  • obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security Clearance to Baseline Level.

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.

Further information about TEQSA can be found at our What we do page.

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