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12-2020 - Senior Executive Service Band 1, Assistant Secretary, Law Design Office

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Legal, Policy, Public Policy

As an Assistant Secretary in the Law Design Office, you will drive excellence in the design and delivery of legislative reform. Through your advice, you will influence innovative and robust policy, legislation and regulatory reform across the Treasury portfolio.  You will lead multi-disciplinary teams, which include specialists in law, public policy, economics, project management and delivery, and other disciplines.  

Your contribution will assist the government to make informed decisions on policies for the good of the Australian people, consistent with achieving strong, sustainable economic growth and fiscal settings.

Successful candidates will have central leadership roles in the delivery of the government’s economic reforms. You will support the Secretary and Executive team in the provision of high quality and timely advice to government. 

Your excellent stakeholder engagement skills will let you represent the Treasury and Australian Government and oversee engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders.

You will have strong conceptual and analytical skills. You will have the ability to engage with and anticipate and respond to the needs of clients and stakeholders across all levels to provide an exceptional client experience.  Strong contenders will have a clear record of making influential contributions to policy reform and delivering it.

In these roles you will provide strategic leadership in the management of the Treasury’s dynamic and diverse legislation program and, in doing so, work closely with Treasury’s leadership, policy divisions and our ministers’ offices.

As an Assistant Secretary - Law Design you will:

  • lead Treasury’s law design capability as the manager of one of two law design branches;
  • oversee law design project teams working on legislation and related projects relating to the Treasury’s policy responsibilities, including taxation, superannuation, and business and market regulation; and
  • provide leadership on the management of significant issues and risks for the program and specific legislation projects.

As Assistant Secretary – Legislation Policy and Delivery you will:

  • lead LDO’s legislation policy capability (Legislation Frameworks Unit) and its legislation program management functions (Legislation Management Unit);
  • provide pragmatic policy advice about the future of Treasury’s legislative frameworks, lead the development of innovative approaches to analyse them, and provide pragmatic and practical advice about pathways for improvement; and
  • provide leadership on the management of significant issues and risks for the program and specific projects, including legislative simplification and rationalisation projects and improvements to Treasury’s legislative design and delivery capability.

Attributes / Desirable Qualifications / Experience

As an Assistant Secretary in the Law Design Office you will:

  • with the First Assistant Secretary, provide strategic oversight and management of Treasury’s legislation program;
  • have an excellent knowledge and understanding of, and the ability to provide trusted high-quality advice to government;
  • engage with, anticipate and respond to the needs of clients and stakeholders across all levels to provide an exceptional client experience;
  • makes clear, well-reasoned and timely decisions in a fast-paced and changing environment;
  • prepare reports, briefings to Ministers, draft submissions to Cabinet speeches, replies to parliamentary questions and other correspondence;
  • represent the Treasury at meetings, interdepartmental committees, conferences and other forms; and
  • lead and manage staff, including identifying and addressing areas of development.

Successful candidates for these roles will have:

  • a background in law, economics, public policy, political science or other relevant disciplines, including taxation, accountancy, financial services and management;
  • extensive experience with relevant policy issues, including, but not limited to, the design of regulatory and administrative systems and the development of laws, and an understanding of relevant legal and legislative frameworks and processes, including taxation, superannuation and business and market regulation; and
  • a proven track record in leading the delivery of major projects or programs of work and managing a complex risk environment.


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