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Finance and Policy Officers – Accounting and Financial Management (Executive Level 1)

Department of Finance | Posted 17-10-2021

Canberra ACT (Accounting and Finance)

  • Governance & Resource Management Group / Financial Analysis, Reporting & Management Division / Various Branches
  • Executive Level 1 ($111,987 - $135,614) | Ongoing & Non-ongoing | Full-time & Part-time
  • Canberra, ACT

The Financial Analysis Reporting and Management (FARM) Division, provides trusted advice to stakeholders to enable them to deliver on government policy and program objectives.
FARM consolidates all updates of the Budget, provides budget financial data published by the Australian Government, and prepares and publishes the Australian Government's monthly and annual consolidated financial statements. In addition, FARM develops accounting policy to support the Australian Government’s budgeting and reporting framework. FARM also prepares appropriation bills, administers the cash drawdown of those appropriations and the movement of all cash payments and receipts through the Official Public Account.
Accounting and Frameworks Branch
Within this environment the Accounting and Frameworks Branch works closely with other areas of the department and external stakeholders to provide high quality, timely and relevant policy and guidance, advice and stewardship.
The Accounting and Frameworks Branch is responsible for supporting Commonwealth entities to meet their statutory budgetary and financial reporting obligations, including responsibility for updating legislative instruments and providing guidance materials and accounting related technical advice to support Commonwealth reporting entities to prepare their annual financial statements.
Estimates and Reporting Branch
The Estimates and Reporting Branch is responsible for the preparation of and advice to the Minister and Government on financial statements and other financial information for all annual estimates and actuals updates, including for budget publications. The Branch also produces the annual Consolidated Financial Statements and the Australian Government’s General Government Sector Monthly Financial Statements and provides advice on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Government Finance Statistics matters.
Successful applicants will obtain:

  • Central Agency experience where you will help us influence how the Government’s strategic policy priorities are developed and implemented across the Commonwealth;
  • A platform to make a difference and influence capability and policy at a whole-of government level;
  • Access to diverse career advancement pathways, including in broadening and developing of skills and experience in accounting and finance and generous learning and development including through assistance for further studies;
  • A sophisticated understanding of the Machinery of Government, the Federal Budget and related processes;
  • Enhanced financial management/analysis skills, including at a whole-of government level; and
  • An opportunity to cultivate strong working relationships with Commonwealth agencies, including at senior levels.

The policy skills and financial management capabilities you will develop and practice in Finance are highly valued and readily transferrable to a range of future career opportunities across the public and private sectors.
In particular, roles in Financial Analysis, Reporting and Management will consolidate your creditable record of experience and achievement in financial management through:
  • Contributing and leading the preparation of financial management and related policy advice to the Government and Commonwealth agencies to inform their decision-making and approach to financial management;
  • Effective stakeholder management and negotiation skills through daily engagement with stakeholders across Government;
  • Assisting the Government in developing Budget strategy and managing Budget processes in collaboration with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Treasury;
  • Numerical capability and financial acumen; and
  • Applying whole-of government policy and frameworks.

We are looking for motivated people to work at the Executive Level 1 level who are eager to strengthen their professional skills and influence the Australian Government’s decision-making through the provision of high quality financial management, analysis and advice.
Financial Management of the Australian Government requires a diversity of people and skills: you should be interested in assisting with the development of public policy, value quality in your work, be looking to expand your skills set and experience and enjoy working in a fast-paced, high profile environment.
Successful candidates will demonstrate:
  • A record of success - being results driven and outcomes focussed;
  • The ability to proactively gather and analyse information to produce high quality advice;
  • Problem-solving abilities based on a questioning mind and an ability to think laterally;
  • Flexibility and willingness to apply themselves to tasks and successfully manage competing deadlines;
  • An ability to work effectively in a diverse team environment to achieve high-quality shared outcomes; and
  • Effective communication and stakeholder management skills.

We are looking for people who will champion our inclusive, curious and empowered culture, are able to align to our Departmental priorities, who seize opportunities presented by change and are able to identify and lead innovation and continuous improvement in the workplace.
For detailed information about these roles, including the job specific capabilities, please refer to the downloadable job pack, which can be accessed by clicking the hyperlink at the bottom of this page.
  • Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the Australian Public Service (APS) unless the Agency Head has agreed otherwise, in writing.
  • Successful applicants will be required to undergo the process to obtain and maintain, or continue to hold the required security clearance level for the role as indicated in the downloadable job pack. All Finance staff are required to have a minimum baseline security clearance prior to commencement.
  • This role is being advertised as both ongoing and non-ongoing. Roles may be offered as either ongoing or non-ongoing subject to business needs and/or candidate preference. Where a non-ongoing position is offered, the role will be filled as a specified term vacancy for an initial period of up to 12 months. Specified term vacancies may be offer for a maximum of 18 months initially, and be extended up to a maximum period of three years.

  • For questions relating to the online lodgement of your application, please email the Recruitment team via or call (02) 6215 1717 between 8:30am - 5:00pm AEDT Monday to Friday.
  • For specific questions relating to this job vacancy, please refer to the details on the contact officer located in the downloadable job pack.