Assistant Director - Legislation Reform

$111,887 - $120,436 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 19 Nov, 2021
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Job Description

Full-time Temporary with a Possibility of Permanency

Closes: 01 December 2021
Classification: Senior Officer Grade C
Salary: $111,887 - $120,436 plus superannuation
Position No: 54051
Directorate: Education
Advertised (Gazettal date): 17 November 2021
Contact Officer: Rebecca Travers on or (02) 6205 4124


The Directorate is responsible for delivering educational services to empower each young person in the ACT to learn for life. The Directorate is responsible for the operation of the network of government schools across the ACT and for regulating non-government school and early childhood education providers.

Further information about working in the ACT Public Service and the Education Directorate can be found at and


The Strategic Policy Branch leads strategic reforms that deliver better outcomes for children and young people in the ACT. This is achieved by driving the strategic vision for education in the ACT; engaging meaningfully with strategic partners to conceptualise and design solutions to local challenges; and leveraging research, evidence and expertise in innovative ways to meet the ACT context. This includes Strategic Delivery of priority initiatives, Strategic Coordination of cross directorate priorities, and Strategic Partnering with other parts of the directorate on joint commitments.


The ACT Public Service is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we strongly encourage people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, and/or people with disability, to apply.


Are you a high performing officer looking for your next challenge? Are you excited by reforming legislative frameworks to ensure the best outcomes for our children and young people? Do you have experience in policy development, exceptional research skills, and high level written and organisational skills? Then this might be the job for you!

The Legislation Reform team is looking for a motivated and conscientious individual with skills and experience in legislative policy development to join us from 10 January 2022 for 12 months, with the possibility of permanency.

To be successful in this role you must be able to work cooperatively with others as well as individually with minimal supervision, in a fast paced and at times, pressured environment. You will need expertise in policy development, strong strategic thinking skills, excellent written and organisational skills, and a desire to build and maintain quality relationships with a range of stakeholders. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is interested in delivering strategic legislative reform that will benefit children and young people in our community.


  1. Undertake research and analysis to contribute to the development and implementation of complex government policy and project work, to underpin legislative reform.
  2. Provide accurate and robust advice, and options, for consideration in relation to policy development.
  3. Undertake and coordinate the preparation of Cabinet papers, drafting instructions, project documents, policy papers and advice, briefings and high level correspondence and reporting documents.
  4. Develop networks and relationships with stakeholders within government, the education sector, the education and care sectors, and other agencies or external stakeholders, including by representing the Directorate and its interests at relevant meetings.
  5. Be responsible for managing and leading a program of stakeholder engagement and consultation to inform the development of legislation.
  6. Deliver this work considering the Education Act 2004, the Human Rights Act 2004 and the Education and Care Services National Law (ACT) Act 2011 and National Regulations, and the Children and Young People Act 2008.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to


Tertiary qualifications in law, or experience in the development of legislation and Cabinet papers.

Notes: This is a temporary position available from 10 January 2022 for a period of 12 months with possibility of permanency. This position will be designed for flexible work arrangements and activity-based working (ABW). Under ABW arrangements, officers may not have a designated workstation/desk and work across multiple Education sites. Our branch is currently working in a mixed-mode of at home and at the ACT Whole-Of-Government building at 220 London Circuit. The successful candidate will be expected to work flexibly across sites. Information will be provided on how to work from home safely and effectively. Please note a gradual return to the workplace may be forthcoming.

In accordance with the Public Health (ACT School or Early Childhood Education and Care Workers COVID-19 Vaccination) Emergency Direction 2021, all ACT Education Directorate employees working in the following education settings will be required to provide evidence of their ability to comply with the public health direction, including having received a current course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or holding an approved exemption (where applicable):

  • schools that cater for children under 12 (preschool to year 6 schools)
  • specialist schools
  • flexible learning programs, and
  • early childhood education and care services (including out of school hours care)
  • P-10 schools where they share a campus with those younger years.

High schools and colleges that do not share a campus with primary school students are not covered by the mandate.

How to Apply:

Applications should include a supporting statement of no more than three pages, outlining experience and/or ability across the selection criteria:

  1. Well-developed conceptual and analytical skills, and the demonstrated application of critical thought and problem-solving skills in the context of policy and legislation development.
  2. Highly developed organisational skills, including goal setting, planning, managing team outputs and individual responsibilities.
  3. Excellent written communication skills with demonstrated experience in preparing briefing materials, Cabinet papers and drafting instructions to explain complex matters to the Senior Executive, the Minister, external agencies and schools.
  4. Highly developed interpersonal and representational skills and demonstrated experience in leading engagement and consultation that builds quality relationships with stakeholders.
  5. Ability to work under pressure, with minimal supervision and meet deadlines while effectively understanding, anticipating and managing competing priorities.
  6. Understanding of ACT Public Service Values, demonstrated self-awareness, professionalism and a proven commitment to ongoing cultural awareness. Demonstrated awareness of and ongoing integration of workplace respect, equity and diversity work practices and workplace health and safety principles and practices.
  • A current curriculum vitae, and
  • The name and contact details of two referees with a thorough knowledge of your work performance and outlook. Please ensure that one of the referees is your current or immediate past supervisor. You may also be asked to provide further referees.

Applications should be submitted via the Apply Now button below.

Job Closing Date

01 Dec, 2021