Group Business & Governance
Unit Governance
Classification Executive Level 1
Salary   $100,272 to $111,855 plus superannuation
Location Bruce, ACT
Engagement terms

Ongoing/non-ongoing, (non-ongoing position will be offered for up to 18 months with the possibility of extension).

Consideration may also be given to filling this position on a contractual basis.

Full/part-time (minimum of 30 hours per week)


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is an independent corporate Commonwealth entity established by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on the health and welfare of Australians.

The AIHW has eight groups: Business and Governance; Communications and Primary Health Care; Community Services; Data Strategies and Information Technology; Health; Hospitals, Resourcing and Classifications; Housing and Specialised Services; Indigenous and Maternal Health.

The Business and Governance Group is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual for the position of senior legal officer in the Governance Unit. The Unit provides leadership in governance issues, including data access, Ethics Committee applications, privacy, and meeting the AIHW’s reporting obligations to Ministers and the Parliament.  

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing legal advice on a range of matters, including contracting, privacy, freedom of information, Ethics Committee responsibilities and intellectual property, as well as performing other duties to support the work of the Unit.  There will be significant opportunity to advise on the legal/contractual elements of AIHW’s relations with its stakeholders.

Key responsibilities

Immediate Manager: Unit Head (EL 2)

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Nil

Under general direction:

  1. Work collaboratively with the Unit Head and other EL1 officers within the Unit to provide leadership, direction, performance management of staff and the effective management of allocated resources.
  2. Provide legal and corporate governance advice relevant to the work of the AIHW, including matters related to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987, Privacy Act 1988, Freedom of Information Act 1982, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, intellectual property rights and policy, and the responsibilities of the AIHW Ethics Committee;
  3. Prepare and review a range of commercial documents including services contracts, memoranda of understanding, and deeds of confidentiality;
  4. Assist in raising legal awareness across AIHW;
  5. Assist in managing relationships with external legal providers;
  6. Represent the AIHW at meetings, conferences or seminars and liaise with individuals both inside and outside the AIHW as relevant to the above duties.

Selection Criteria

  1. Shapes strategic thinking
    This is about your ability to understand the link between the work of the Unit, the Institute and the whole of government agenda. This is demonstrated by your analytical thinking and sound judgement to translate strategic objectives to operational goals.
  2. Achieves results
    This is about your commitment to working towards the delivery of outcomes and your ability to draw on your own and others’ expertise to achieve these goals. It is also about how you deal with and implement change.
  3. Cultivates productive working relationships
    This encapsulates teamwork, respect for your colleagues, and building and nurturing internal and external collaborative working relationships. It also entails developing, supporting and mentoring staff.
  4. Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
    This is about pushing yourself to achieve your work goals while maintaining integrity and confidentiality. It includes providing impartial and forthright advice and facing challenges constructively.
  5. Communicates with influence
    This emphasises the importance of excellence in oral and written communication with all your internal and external stakeholders, colleagues and clients. It is also about your ability to negotiate mutually beneficial outcomes.
  6. Duties of the position
    Proven ability to fulfil the duties of the position.
  7.  Academic qualifications
    Tertiary qualifications in law are essential. Eligibility to practice as a lawyer is desirable but not mandatory.

These selection criteria have been developed for EL2 staff at the AIHW. They are derived from the Australian Public Service Integrated Leadership System. More information about the ILS can be obtained at


Apply: [email protected]

Details about the positions and how to apply can be found on our website (

Your application should include:

  1. A concise cover letter, detailing how your skills and experience relate to the responsibilities of the position. You do not need to address individual selection criteria. The cover letter can be narrative or dot point and no more than 2 pages.
  2. Your current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A completed personal details form.


Commonwealth Gazette (Tuesday 14 November 2017).

Closing date

11pm, Sunday 26 November 2017

Contact officer

Andrew Kettle, 02 6244 1065


This position profile and subsequent selection are approved by:   

Andrew Kettle
Senior Executive, Business and Governance Group,
Canberra, 2 November 2017