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Aps Level 5 - Policy/program Officer

National Health Funding Body - Barton, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

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Full Job Description
Job Reference Number 21-TAADIV-8215

Classification APS Level 5

Job Title Policy/Program Officer

Division Technology Assessment and Access Division

Branch Pricing and PBS Policy Branch

Section Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) Section

Location Woden, ACT

Status Ongoing

Employment type Full-time

Salary Range $76,009 - $82,200

Security Clearance Baseline (Protected, Highly Protected, Restricted, Confidential)

Contact Officer Name: Susan Millett
Phone: (02) 6289 4357
Email: Susan.Millett@health.gov.au


To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an
Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made

An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a

variety of pre-employment check processes, such as:
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check,
and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.

Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where

Providing evidence of qualifications.

Division Responsibilities

The Technology Assessment and Access Division works to provide reliable, timely and

affordable access to medicines and prostheses and improved choice in health services to all

Australians including those with rare diseases, through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

(PBS), Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS), Life Saving Drugs program and targeted assistance


Branch Responsibilities

The Pricing and PBS Policy Branch oversees and shapes pharmaceutical supply, access,

pricing, funding and usage practices in Australia. This is achieved through development and

continued improvement of policies and programs - including the Pharmaceutical Benefits


Section Responsibilities

The Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) Section is responsible for the delivery of activities

relating to quality use of medicines and medicines education, including supporting the

review of the National Medicines Policy and co-ordinating initiatives associated with the

10th National Health Priority Area, Quality Use of Medicines and Medicine Safety. The

section manages a number of policies and projects, including:
  • Grant agreements with NPS MedicineWise to deliver the Quality Use of Medicine
program and the Value in Prescribing Program. Through these grants the

Government funds programs to improve health outcomes for Australians through

quality use of medicines and diagnostic services

  • The Review of the National Medicine Policy (NMP)
  • Initiatives related to the Quality Use of Medicines and Medicine Safety
  • National Health Priority Area
  • A grant agreement with GBMA limited to deliver the biosimilar education program.
Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting in managing the current NPS MedicineWise (NPS) grant agreement
deliverables, including assessing regular reports for policy outcomes.

  • Monitoring the media for information relevant to Quality Use of Medicines (QUM).
  • Liaising with stakeholders and managing meetings and correspondence, including
management of the section inbox.

  • Preparing notes on team meetings and discussions.
  • Managing the specific aspects of the grant and contributing to developing plans and
documents for future funding arrangements for QUM initiatives.

  • Drafting input for Departmental, other Australian Government and international
meetings and documents related to QUM including briefs, plans/documents and


Key Capabilities

  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build
productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, processes associated with the management of
grants, procurement or projects.

  • Ability to contribute positively to strategic planning for longer-term initiatives.
  • Strong written communication skills, attention to detail and analytical thinking.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing correspondence, minutes, briefings, and
meeting notes that range in content and complexity.

  • Developed administrative, problem solving and organisation skills with the capacity
to work autonomously, prioritise work and respond to changing priorities.

Application Response (Single page application)

Your application will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate that you possess, or have

the real potential to develop, the required skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications

to perform the role. These requirements are based on the information provided to you as

part of the job advertisement, in line with the APS Work Level Standards.

Applicants are required to provide a statement of claims framed around the key duties and

key capabilities. Your statement of claims should be no more than one page in total with a

font no smaller than size 10. Applications that do not meet these requirements may not

be considered.

Work Environment Description

Responsibilities - As detailed in Section 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 while at

work, a worker must:
  • Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety
  • Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the
health and safety of other persons

  • Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that
is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to
comply with this Act

  • Cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the
business or undertaking relating to health or safety at the workplace that has been
notified to workers

  • Complete all WHS related induction and training
  • Report all work related incidents and/or illnesses to the WHS Section
Description Requirement Additional Information


1. Computer Use Yes

2. Generic screen based Yes

3. Sitting at desk Yes

4. Standing for long periods No

Manual Handling

5. Lifting 0-15kg No

6. Lifting 15 kg + No

7. Climbing No

8. Bending No

9. Squatting No

10. Reaching No

11. Push/pull No

12. Sequential Repetitive No

Movements in short period of time

13. Manual dexterity/manipulation No

Work Environment

14. Work with others towards Yes

shared goals in a team environment

15. Works in isolation from other Yes The successful candidate

staff (remote supervision) may have the option to

work from home for some

of the working week

16. Distance walking (ie: Large No

building or inter-building transit)

17. Works outdoors No

18.Works in a call centre No


19. Works in a customer service No

Description Requirement Additional Information


Tasks Involving

20. Exposure to chemicals No

21. Exposure to biological hazards No

22. Working at heights No

23. Requirement to wear personal No

protective equipment (PPE)

24. Requirement for full Colour No


25. Work with energetics and No


26. Exposure to Petrol, Oil, Lubricant No

Products that may cause

dermatological conditions

27. Exposure to extreme No


28. Confined spaces No

29. Exposure to Non-ionising No


30. Excessive Noise No

31. Low Lighting No

32. Dangerous Goods/ Equipment No

33. Exposure to airborne odours No


34. Frequent travel - Vehicle No

35. Frequent travel - Aeroplane No

36. Frequent travel - Seaborne No

Cyclic Workload

37. Peaks & Troughs Yes

38. Frequent Overtime No

Description Requirement Additional Information

39. Rostered Shift Work No