The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is seeking talented and passionate executive level professionals to lead a number of analytical units in line with the AIHW’s strategic directions.

At the AIHW we provide work that is unique, fulfilling and challenging, and value leaders who can motivate, coach and mentor our employees.  

The Institute embraces and promotes workplace diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

Group various
Unit various
Classification Executive Level 2
Salary    $122,714 - $137,909 plus 15.4% superannuation
Location The advertised positions are expected to be based in Canberra. Future opportunities may become available in our Sydney Office.

Ongoing and non-ongoing positions leading one of the Institute’s statistical, data or subject area units (excluding corporate service units)

These are generally full-time positions; however, requests for part-time arrangements may be considered.


This process will be used to fill a small number of currently available Unit Head positions, and to establish an order of merit, which may be used to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing Unit Head positions across the Institute over the next twelve months. The initial available vacancies are in the areas of expenditure and workforce, hospitals, and a newly formed Specialist Capability Unit (see below for further details). See selection criterion 6 for details of required and desirable experience for these positions.

About the Institute

The 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 Institute currently employs around 380 staff and comprises 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; and Indigenous and Maternal Health.

We collaborate with federal and state agencies and non-government organisations across sectors relevant to health and welfare-related information. Our activities include data collection, developing national data standards, linking and analysing data and producing reports and other statistical information products.

Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. We collect and report information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.

Governments and the community use our reports and data in discussing, debating, and making policy decisions on health, housing and community services matters.

Role overview

As members of the Institute’s broader leadership cohort, Unit Heads make a major contribution to the formulation of strategies and objectives in line with corporate goals of the Institute, and take an active role in developing and promoting the Institute’s business activity. In addition to expertise in their professional field, they need advanced managerial skills to fulfil their supervisory responsibilities.

Current vacancies are:

Expenditure and Workforce

The work of the unit focusses on monitoring health and welfare expenditure trends, including answering questions on who finances the system, how much is spent per person, how fast expenditure is growing and how trends in Australia compare with other countries. Major responsibilities include maintenance of the AIHW’s health expenditure data collections and development of estimates of expenditure by disease. The workforce-related work includes management of the AIHW’s copy of the National Health Workforce Data Set and the Medical Schools Outcomes Database. Professional expertise relevant to this subject-matter includes expertise related to data and information about the structure and financing of the health and welfare sectors in Australia, the health and welfare workforces and health and welfare service provision.  


Work in this area spans the development of national hospitals data collections, collation of national hospitals datasets, and analysis and dissemination of information on hospitals through reports, website data presentations and other means. Professional expertise relevant to this subject-matter includes expertise related to data and information about the activity, resources, safety and quality and performance of hospitals and other health services.

Specialist Capability Unit

AIHW’s ability to provide high quality statistics, analysis and data services relies on exceptional skills and support in a number of specialist areas. AIHW is creating a new unit to support the organisation in its use of statistical methodology, spatial analysis, data visualisation and complex analytics and modelling. The unit will support business areas in their use of these capabilities and may undertake projects on their behalf. The unit will work closely with the Strategic Communications & Stakeholder Engagement and the Website and Publishing Units of the Institute. They will have business ownership of the tools that support specialist capabilities, manage associated external partnerships and manage specialist training.

Key responsibilities

Under broad direction from the Group Head (SES B1):

  1. Provide leadership, direction and performance management to staff in the Unit to ensure achievement of corporate objectives through the effective management of physical, financial, data/technological information and human resources.
  2. Plan, initiate and manage major complex projects and/or functions associated with the development, collection and/or analysis of data and the preparation of reports, publications, papers and submissions.
  3. Undertake highly complex research and analysis associated with AIHW projects.
  4. Provide high level professional, technical and management subject-matter expertise on matters in line with the AIHW’s corporate and strategic plans.
  5. Undertake high level liaison and negotiation with other areas of the AIHW, other government agencies, state and territory authorities and/or business or community organisations, and represent the AIHW at high level meetings, conferences and seminars to develop and promote the Institute’s work program.
  6. Maintain awareness of, and alignment with, government and Australian Public Service priorities, policies and procedures in delivering the work of the unit and contributing to the organisation more broadly.

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. Relevant expertise
    For the position of Head of the Specialist Capabilities Unit you must have experience or expertise in one or more of the following areas: statistical methodology, spatial analysis, data visualisation and complex analytics and modelling.

For other Unit Head positions relevant expertise includes exceptional technical skills in the areas of data analysis, the collection, development, and/or reporting of statistics and information, and the management of a program of work in these areas. Knowledge or expertise related to one or more of the health or welfare subject areas of the Institute (see AIHW website) is highly desirable.

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 statement demonstrating your claims to the position.
    In preparing your application you should prepare a short pitch (1000 words max) highlighting your skill set, technical expertise and experience in relation to the selection criteria. Please state if you are interested in the position of Head of the Statistical Capabilities Unit. All applicants will be considered for other relevant Unit Head positions.
  2. Your current Curriculum Vitae (including contact details for two referees).
  3. A completed personal details form.


Commonwealth Gazette (8 November 2017).

Closing Date

11pm, 22 November 2017

Contact officer

Geoff Neideck (for the position as Head of the Specialist Capability Unit), Senior Executive, Data Strategies and Information Technology Group 02 6244 1163

Jenny Hargreaves (for other Unit Head positions), Senior Executive, Hospitals, Resourcing & Classifications Group 02 6244 1121


This position profile and subsequent selection are approved by:   

Barry Sandison, Director (CEO), AIHW

Canberra, 3 November 2017