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39-2019 - SES Band 2, Chief Adviser, Foreign Investment Division

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About Markets Group

Markets Group promotes well-functioning markets that contribute to consumer and investor confidence. Well-functioning markets are central to the sustainable growth of the Australian economy and the wellbeing of the Australian community.

The work of Markets Group embraces policy processes and reforms that promote a stable, efficient and competitive financial system, sound corporate practices and conduct, and safeguard the public interest in consumer protection, and the national interest in foreign investment.

Areas of Markets Group liaise with business and consumer advocacy groups and maintain close working relations with the relevant regulatory agencies.

The Group comprises the Foreign Investment Division, Financial System Division, Financial Services Reform Taskforce, and the Consumer and Corporations Policy Division. It also includes the Australian Government Actuary and the Takeovers Panel.

About Foreign Investment Division

The Foreign Investment Division (FID, or the Division) is a unique and dynamic team responsible for the efficient and effective administration of Australia’s foreign investment regime.

The Division has both policy advisory and regulatory functions. It ensures that the foreign investment policy framework is fit-for-purpose, assesses investment proposals, supports the Foreign Investment Review Board (chaired by David Irvine AO), and provides strategic advice and intelligence to Government.

To ensure that Australia’s approach remains best practice, FID will soon conduct a strategic review of its business/operational model. This will be a significant exercise, requiring deft handling by the Chief Adviser and Division Head.

As one of Treasury’s bigger, more complex and evolving divisions, FID also requires its executive team to have strong people and systems leadership skills, including in change management and innovation.

About the Role

As Chief Adviser, you will partner with the Division Head to lead a multidisciplinary team responsible for administering a regime renowned for excellence.

In so doing, you will offer outstanding people leadership; strategic insights and policy direction; oversight of compliance and case management functions; astute risk management; and a commitment to extending FID’s substantial networks across public, private, academic and community sectors – domestically and internationally.

You will have the opportunity to work actively with other agencies; assess real-world businesses’ capital, expansion and acquisition strategies; and produce advice that takes account of foreign policy, national security, social and economic considerations.

This important role offers the right individual considerable scope to develop a diverse and sophisticated skill set – in a central agency, at the heart of Government.

To contend, you will need the strongest complement of experience and expertise in economic, national security and/or international relations policy; the design and management of business processes; people leadership; risk management; regulation and compliance.

The successful candidate

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build capabilities in the following domains:

  • Policy: advise Government on the appropriateness of policy settings, having regard to whole-of-government priorities - including across economic, national security and foreign policy objectives.
  • Case work: extend economic thinking into applicants’ business objectives across the broadest range of industry and activity to ensure a broad assessment of national interest considerations.
  • Compliance: embed strong capability to provide effective assurance that foreign investors are meeting their obligations in an increasingly complex environment and given limited resources.
  • Stakeholder engagement: effectively lead and oversee extensive and in-depth stakeholder engagement, across multiple sectors domestically and internationally.
  • People leadership: demonstrate strong people and systems leadership skills, including change management and innovation.

Desirable Qualifications / Experience

Experience and expertise in economic, national security and/or international relations policy; the design and management of business processes; people leadership; risk management; regulation and compliance.


RecruitAbility is a scheme that aims to attract applicants with disability.  Applicants who opt in to the scheme and meet the minimum requirements of the role are advanced to a further stage in the selection process.  Merit remains the basis for engagement and promotion.

If you identify as a person with a disability, you can ‘opt in’ for RecruitAbility on the application form. 

Further information on RecruitAbility is available on the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.

How to apply

Your application should be lodged electronically by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button.

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • if possible, the name and contact details of at least one referee;
  • your current resume of no more than two pages; and
  • a ‘one page pitch’, referencing the ILS,  detailing your relevant skills and experience against the position requirement.

Download the selection criteria

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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