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Position Description: Senior Governance Officer

Position Number: 19047
Position Title: Senior Governance Officer
Group/Team: Corporate Services / Governance and Planning
Employment Type: Ongoing, full-time
Salary Range: $88,192 - $96,982, plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: APS Level 6
Location: 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: Assistant Director, Governance and Planning
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 5 June 2022

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

About TEQSA

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.

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.

Corporate Services

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

Governance and Planning Team

The Governance and Planning Team is responsible for managing the development of the Corporate Plan, coordinating reporting on performance, preparing the Annual Report, overseeing the governance of the agency, providing support to the Executive Leadership Team, managing Senate Estimates responses and appearances, and liaising with the Minister and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The team also has primary responsibility for managing regulatory meetings of TEQSA Commission and providing administrative support for meetings of Commission, the Accountable Authority and the Executive Leadership Team. The work is varied and dynamic and extends across the whole agency, with the team working collaboratively to achieve team and overall agency objectives.

About the position

The Senior Governance Officer is accountable, under limited direction, for providing professional and timely support to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Accountable Authority in facilitating the development and delivery of TEQSA’s corporate planning, performance monitoring and agency reporting requirements. The role will also provide high-level secretariat support for the Accountable Authority, and other committees as required.

Working closely with senior leaders and staff, the Senior Governance Officer will actively contribute to the planning and performance responsibilities of the team. They will take a lead role in developing TEQSA’s Corporate Plan, creating fit-for-purpose performance reporting and preparing the Annual Report, supported by their team. They will be professional and strategic, an effective communicator, and able to manage competing priorities and to make sound judgements.

The Officer will work collaboratively in a small team to deliver business objectives and actively contribute to team and strategic planning, continuous improvement, and decision making. They will also provide support and assistance for the Commission, Executive Support and Parliamentary functions of the team, as required.

Duties

  1. Manage the coordination and development of TEQSA’s Corporate Plan and associated planning processes, including ongoing tracking and reporting of achievement against targets and deliverables.
  2. Collate and analyse agency performance information from a range of sources, identify patterns, issues and key messages, and provide timely and high-quality briefs and reports to the Accountable Authority, CEO and Executive Leadership Team to support organisational decision-making.
  3. Coordinate and manage all corporate reporting requirements relating to planning, performance and compliance, whilst developing and delivering high-quality and accurate reports and dashboards, including the Annual Report and the Performance Report.
  4. Develop and maintain a corporate reporting framework and calendar which outlines the corporate reporting cycle, expected outputs, audiences, key roles and responsibilities, and processes for compiling reports.
  5. Support business improvement projects and provide clear and timely information, training and tools (templates, fact sheets) to the staff of all levels and actively work with them to ensure best practice can be met across a range of corporate systems and processes.
  6. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of government reporting requirements and regulations as well as the standard operating procedures for the role.
  7. Provide end-to-end secretariat support for the Accountable Authority, manage responses to governance and reporting enquiries, and assist with the preparation of ministerial briefs and senate estimates.
  8. Work effectively and harmoniously in a team, manage competing priorities and requests, solve problems, and provide advice, training and support to others as required.
  9. Perform other duties as directed.

Selection criteria 

Essential

  1. Strong written communication skills, including the ability to prepare briefs, agendas, presentations and high-quality reports.
  2. Experience in providing secretariat support to high-level committees and contributing to the improvement of meeting papers and the operation of meetings.
  3. High-level organisational skills and attention to detail with demonstrated experience in managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines within short timeframes and working independently and as a member of a team in a high-pressure environment.
  4. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the proven ability to liaise and communicate effectively and tactfully and to obtain cooperation from staff at all levels as well as external stakeholders.
  5. Knowledge of, or an ability to develop an understanding of, legislative and policy frameworks such as the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, government decision-making processes and agency guidelines and regulations.

Desirable

  • A tertiary qualification or relevant experience in the state or federal public sector is an advantage in undertaking this role.
  • Experience in the use of parliamentary document management systems and other tools.

How to apply

Your application must include all the following items:

  1. a TEQSA job application cover sheet
  2. a statement of no more than 1000 words/2 pages addressing the ‘selection criteria’, explaining how your experience, skills and qualifications make you the ideal candidate for the role
  3. a current resume.

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

Please refer to TEQSA’s careers webpage 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’.

Eligibility

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.

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 LGBTQIA+, 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.