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131-2021- EL2, Director, Foreign Investment Division

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Full-time and Part-time
VIC, ACT, NSW, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Economics/Econometrics, Finance/Accounting, Policy/Public Policy, Security, Executive Level 2

About the teams

The Director Serious Non-compliance and Enforcement in the Compliance Branch will lead a program of risk-led investigations into allegations of non-compliance with the Act, and recommend and implement appropriate compliance responses from education, through to the exercise of enforcement powers including infringement notices, statutory orders, and criminal and civil litigation. To be a strong contender for this role you will hold tertiary qualifications in law or a related discipline and have demonstrated experience in delivery of operational compliance and enforcement activities in an economic regulatory agency.

Directors in the Policy and National Security Branch are responsible for leading teams that provide policy analysis and advice on Australia’s foreign investment regulatory settings; foreign investment data and trends; and cross-sectoral issues that give rise to national security concerns through foreign investment. The Branch also leads engagement with international and domestic stakeholders on foreign investment matters. For these roles we seek Directors with a strong track record developing policy and managing legislative processes. Experience in national security matters is also a desirable skill.

Directors in the Case Branch are responsible for leading teams that review foreign investment proposals in accordance with the requirements of the Act. Directors are expected to lead on engagement with applicants and their representatives, collaborate across Government and provide high-quality advice to Ministers on national interest concerns raised by proposals, and appropriate mitigation options. To be a strong contender for these roles you will hold tertiary qualifications in law, economics, or related disciplines, and have demonstrated experience in an economic regulatory agency.

Directors in the Performance and Assurance Branch oversee a range of organisational initiatives to support foreign investment. You may work across the Division to design and implement governance and quality assurance frameworks, a regulatory strategy, and continuous improvement frameworks. You will also oversee the Division’s reporting obligations. You will hold relevant tertiary qualifications and ideally have a background in regulatory policy and corporate related functions in a regulatory agency.

Treasury is also seeking to appoint Directors to support the delivery of the Foreign Investment Digital Transformation program. In defining and deciding on product development that is line with FID’s needs and expectations. This requires close liaison and strong relationships with FID Executive, FID and technical staff and delivery partner personnel. You will ideally have experience in IT program delivery and a background in regulatory policy.

Our ideal candidates

We are looking for candidates with a broad range of skills including regulator or private sector experience in investment, mergers and acquisitions, auditing, case processing, working within legislative frameworks, policy, compliance, enforcement and performance and assurance.

Experience managing high volumes of matters and working to statutory deadlines or fixed timeframes is desirable. Applicants must be able to work under limited direction and support the work of cross division priorities.

All candidates must have strong communication and negotiation skills and be able to engage with a broad range of stakeholders at senior levels, including Ministers and members of the Foreign Investment Review Board. You will be respected as a results-oriented leader with integrity, judgement, and astute decision-making, complemented by an ability to nurture teams and contribute to organisational stewardship.

Applicants must be able to obtain or maintain an NV1/2 or higher clearance level.

Desirable Qualifications/Experience

Experience or transferable skills in one or more of the following areas would be desirable:

  • Case processing and case management
  • Statutory interpretation and legal knowledge
  • Advising on mergers and acquisitions
  • Managing, mentoring, and guiding team members
  • Regulatory investigation and enforcement
  • Performance Assurance
  • Data analytics
  • Policy development and advice
  • National Security
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and stakeholder engagements skills
  • Sound judgement and the ability to work with other teams on complex projects

A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline would be highly desirable.


Employees of the Treasury are required to be Australian citizens and must hold a current security clearance or successfully complete a clearance prior to commencement.

How to apply

Please refer to the Position Description for further information about this opportunity and how to apply.

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