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06-2021 - Executive Level 1, Assistant Director, Commonwealth State Relations Division

The Treasury - Canberra Airport, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Fiscal Group aims to achieve sound and effective fiscal outcomes and to influence policy outcomes across Government. We focus both on short term and emerging priorities, as well as deep, systemic and structural policy issues.

Fiscal Group is responsible for producing the Budget and Intergenerational Report and maintaining strong relationships with the states and territories, including making timely and accurate payments to states and territories. We are also responsible for priority Government programs such as the JobKeeper and HomeBuilder programs.

In our central agency role, Fiscal Group develops and delivers high-quality advice on spending arrangements and policies across Government, taking a whole-of-economy perspective, with the aim of influencing policy outcomes to the benefit of all Australians.
We value knowledge, expertise and diverse perspectives, and seek to work collaboratively across Treasury, the public service, and with a wide range of stakeholders outside Government to ensure our advice is as well informed as possible.

About the Role
The Treasury is seeking candidates at the Executive Level 1 to fill two Assistant Director roles within the Commonwealth State Relations Division (CSRD). This is a unique opportunity to make influential and positive policy contributions to the Government’s fiscal and economic agenda for the good of the Australian people.

CSRD supports the Government’s relationship with the states and territories (states) which includes responsibility for:
  • the policy work program and meeting logistics for the Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR), the Heads of Treasuries (HoTs), the Heads of Treasuries Deputies (DHoTs) and other intergovernmental officials’ meetings;
  • supporting the Commonwealth Treasurer, Treasury Secretary and Fiscal Group Deputy Secretary as the respective chairs of the aforementioned meetings;
  • developing and maintaining strong and effective relationships across jurisdictions to drive desired outcomes;
  • managing the GST distribution system including administering GST monthly payments and the relationship with the Commonwealth Grants Commission;
  • administering payments to states, advising on the design and negotiation of the agreements that underpin the payments and producing Budget Paper No. 3 - Australia’s Federal Relations; and
  • monitoring states’ fiscal positions and key policy developments, working with other parts of Treasury to provide advice to Government on policies that involve collaboration with the states.
The successful candidates will be expected to:
  • Show leadership: be proactive, innovative and inclusive; work with junior staff to lead discrete projects to completion and develop capabilities within the Division.
  • Deliver results: deliver timely and high-quality outcomes (often as the leader of a project, as part of a team or through collaboration with other teams) that influence policy makers and efficiently and effectively implement the Government’s decisions.
  • Be a team player: build and maintain relationships; collaborate with and influence stakeholders to advance Treasury’s objectives and manage stakeholders through change, resolving conflict and managing sensitivities.
  • Navigate strategic context: understand the fiscal and broader policy landscape; ensure that the Division’s work considers this landscape; identify risks and opportunities and use careful judgement to propose pathways forward.
  • Think critically: assess the implications of fiscal, economic and policy developments and apply a consistent framework to develop cogent insights as a basis for policy advice.
The successful candidates will have a range of responsibilities that may include, but are not limited to:
  • working with areas across Treasury to:
- develop and implement strategies to drive policy outcomes through CFFR across the breadth of the work program including social, deregulatory and taxation reforms; and
- provide advice to the Treasurer on state economic and fiscal issues
  • managing the tracking of CFFR’s policy work program.
  • leading the meeting logistics for CFFR, HoTs, DHoTs and officials meetings - including meetings via telepresence, teleconference and in-person.
  • leading the preparation and coordination of agendas, papers and briefing products for the Treasurer, Secretary and Fiscal Group Deputy Secretary.
  • developing and maintaining strong working relationships with state officials and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • identifying opportunities to improve the frameworks, systems and knowledge management underpinning the work of the Unit.
The merit pool may be used to fill future vacancies across Treasury’s Fiscal Group.

Desirable Qualifications / Experience
Relevant tertiary qualification(s) and at least five years’ relevant work experience is highly desirable.

Canberra Airport, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency


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