APS Level 6, Executive Level 1, Executive Level 2 (Multiple Classifications) - ICT Enterprise Architect - Department of Defence - ExecutiveCareer

First listed on: 11 May 2022
APS Level 6, Executive Level 1, Executive Level 2 (Multiple Classifications) - ICT Enterprise Architect


Job Reference Number: CIOG/01871/22
Salary: $96,517 - $170,002 plus 15.4% Super, Inclusive of 15% Building Defence Capability Payment (BDCP).
Position Location: Brisbane - QLD
Employment Status: Ongoing - Actual vacancy - Full time (37.5 hours per week)  
Security Level: Negative Vetting 1
Group: Chief Information Officer Group
Division: Chief Technology Officer Division
Contact Officer: Alex Dalwood,
02 6270 5235 alex.dalwood@defence.gov.au
Closing Date: 11:30pm (AEST), Wednesday 8 June 2022
Extensions may be granted in exceptional circumstances only

Your Role

Defence Chief Information Officer Group ICT Architecture Branch is looking to hire multiple positions with in the bands APS 6, EL1, and EL2 across multiple areas within the branch:

  • Cyber and ICT Security;
  • SAP;
  • Cloud and Infrastructure; and
  • Standards and Architecture Practice. 

Defence is seeking strongly motivated individuals with drive, integrity and a passion to support Defence, including the ADF, in delivering its national security objectives. As an architect in the Chief Information Officer group (CIOG) you will have the opportunity to work with major Defence capability projects.  The projects range across capability streams such as Land Combat and Amphibious Warfare, Maritime and Anti-Submarine Warfare, Strike and Air Combat or even Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare, Space and Cyber.  

ICT Architecture responsibilities include: 

  • Establishing and maintaining effective Defence Enterprise Architecture; 
  • Establishing and maintaining architectures and roadmaps in line with Defence ICT and Information Management Strategies; 
  • Translating Whole-of-Government, Defence and ICT Strategic guidance into unambiguous architectural direction and guidance; 
  • Establishing, reviewing and maintaining architectural principles, guidelines, standards and patterns; 
  • Ensuring enterprise-wide compliance with architecture standards and fit-for-purpose ICT solutions in fixed, mobile and deployed environments Business modelling, business process analysis / design and management of whole-of-Defence activities; and
  • Manage preferred tools, set standards, and defined architecture practice services in Defence; 

To be effective in these roles you will think strategically and work interdependently with other Defence functions, and be a strong team player to achieve effective outcomes. This will require highly developed communication and relationship management skills.

Our Ideal Candidate

As an ICT Enterprise Architect you will work under broad direction to undertake complex research, analysis and design activities associated with the Defence enterprise.  As the ideal candidate, you will:

  • Work within a framework of legislation, established principles, work practices and procedures in accordance with Defence’s mission and business objectives. 
  • Have experience and comprehensive knowledge of research, analysis and design and are responsible for the development, implementation, compliance and review of products and policies within the enterprise architecture field. 
  • Build holistic views of Defences strategy, processes, information, and assets and apply this knowledge and ensure that Defence and ICT are aligned. 
  • Strategically assess Defences current capabilities, translate business strategy and objectives into an operating model and work towards identifying required changes in capabilities and emerging technologies relevant to Defence's business outcomes.
  • Build Relationships and engage with stakeholders, manage expectations and concerns to develop a shared understanding of the business benefits and risks to achieve outcomes.
  • Be accountable to contribute towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development.
  • Take the initiative for achieving outcomes, progressing work, reviewing performance and focusing on identifying opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Work with independence, under broad direction, and set work tasks that align with the strategic objectives and communicate expected outcomes. You may be required to plan, lead and manage a team and exercise the associated people and financial responsibilities to achieve business outcomes.

Our Organisation

Defence’s primary mission is to protect Australia and its national interests, promote security and stability in the world, and support the Australian community as directed by the Government.

Defence Australian Public Service (APS) employees are engaged in an array of occupations, across Australia and around the world, enabling our three services: Navy, Army and Air Force, to fulfil key defensive roles as well as providing a range of peacetime services. 

In Defence, you will enjoy experiences and opportunities that, as an APS employee, you simply would not get in any other organisation. You are able to undertake interesting, challenging and unique work. This ranges from intelligence and strategic policy right through to human resources, communications, infrastructure and engineering, and information technology. 

Defence is committed to recruiting the right people, in the right jobs, at the right time - whether it is creating, acquiring or delivering Defence capability. Our greatest asset is our people.

A more diverse workforce supported by an inclusive culture enhances Defence’s capability and effectiveness, as it draws on different ideas to innovate and adapt to a rapidly evolving strategic environment and the changing nature of warfare. Building ‘Capability through Inclusion’ is one Defence’s six cultural reform priorities under Pathway to Change: Evolving Defence Culture 2017 – 2022.

Our Values and Behaviours reflect the traditions and identities of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the APS. The values underpin Defence’s corporate culture and contribute to achieving organisational goals.

Defence accommodates requests for reasonable adjustment for people with disability to assist in the application process and if successful, the inherent requirements of the position. Please inform the contact person listed on the front of this Information Pack should you require adjustments to be put in place. The RecruitAbility process applies to this role. 

Defence's commitment to Indigenous Reconciliation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the whole-of-Government Closing the Gap strategy is outlined in Defence’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022.

Defence provides relocation assistance to eligible APS employees required to relocate. The level of assistance will vary depending on the reason for relocating and your personal circumstances. For more information, please download the APS Relocation Assistance Handbook.

Our Group

Working in the Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG), you will be contributing your expertise to some of the most technically demanding and complex ICT transformation projects being undertaken in Australia. CIOG is transforming Defence’s ICT capabilities. We build and maintain critical infrastructure and systems, such as classified and secure military systems. We manage one of the largest ICT networks in Australia and provide a modern, secure, sustainable and scalable information environment to enable current and future military and business operations.

Our vision is a CIOG where everyone understands how we can use technology to enable war fighting as well as our day-to-day business. We apply new ways of thinking and working that allow us to take advantage of faster, better and more efficient ways of delivering ICT Services. Supporting Defence in this technology dominated era requires a different, more responsive and agile approach to everything, from our strategy, through to our processes, policies and people. 

We are diverse, agile and strive for a positive workforce culture where people feel valued and where we take pride in our work. We foster a work environment where individual differences are valued and utilised. We leverage the unique knowledge and experience of our people to enhance our capability. Everyone has something to contribute.

CIOG offers the opportunity to work in the largest and most complex ICT environment in Australia with a competitive salary, flexible work hours and work-life balance, generous leave (with the ability to purchase more), and 15.4% superannuation, paid paternity/maternity leave, retirement planning, and wellness programs. We invest in your career development through funding your professionalisation and training programs and offer a variety of opportunities nationally.

Our Team

ICT Architecture Branch is responsible for ensuring that Defence has a modern, secure and scalable enterprise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) architecture to support Defence business and military operations. It is transforming Defence's ICT architecture for the future ICTAB is comprised of five directorates; 

  • Directorate of Defence Capability Architecture; 
  • Directorate of Information, Integration, Applications and Engagement; 
  • Directorate of Platform Architecture;
  • Directorate of Infrastructure and Cloud Architecture;
  • Directorate of SAP Architecture;
  • Directorate of Security Architecture; and 
  • Directorate of Standards and Architecture Practice.  

Each will be a slightly different focus and stakeholder group but all with the same mission in mind – to enable Defence to meet its outcomes using modern, secure and scalable enterprise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) . There are multiple positions available within the various directorates of ICTAB.

Desirable Qualifications, Experience or Training

The following prior knowledge, relevant experience or training will be considered highly desirable: 

  • A relevant qualification from an Australian University or TAFE institution (or overseas qualification) would be highly regarded. 
  • Technical background/experience preferred in Cloud and Infrastructure, Cyber, Security, SAP, and Architecture Standards.
  • Knowledge of architectural frameworks and methodologies such as TOGAF and DODAF2. 
  • Excellent communication skills and stakeholder relationships.

How To Apply

Apply for this role by submitting your application through our online recruitment system (eRecruit) located at Defence APS Careers. If you have any questions regarding this role, email the contact officer.

For more information please refer to the Applicant User Guide. Further advice on addressing selection criteria can be found in ‘Cracking the Code’ publication located on the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Vacancies will be extended in exceptional circumstances only. Applicants requesting an extension must contact the Contact Officer 24 hours prior to the vacancy closing date.

In your application you should provide a copy of your current Resume/CV and address the following: 

Assessment Criteria

An explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your total response to 1000 words).

PLEASE NOTE: Defence APS Careers is for job seekers only. We do not accept unsolicited resumes or applications from recruitment agencies and/or search firms and will not pay fees to any such organisations unless arranged with the provider prior to advertising the vacancy.


Employment with the Department of Defence is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999.

Citizenship – To be eligible for employment with Defence, applicants must be an Australian citizen. Only in exceptional circumstances can this requirement be waived.

Health Assessment - As a condition of engagement, a mandatory pre-employment health assessment may be required where there are physical or medical requirements for the role. Your contact officer can provide further guidance on whether this is required for your role.

Security Clearance – The Australian community requires the highest level of integrity from Defence employees. The preferred applicant will be required to successfully undergo the security clearance vetting process at a specified clearance level.

Further information can be provided in the Australian Government Security Clearance Applicant Guide Book. Please ensure that you read this information thoroughly and confirm that you meet the minimum requirements to be eligible to hold a security clearance at the required level. 

Please ensure that you are able to provide the necessary documents if you apply for the position. The security clearance level required for this position can be found on the front page of this Information Pack.

More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the AGSVA website.

Thank you for your interest
Department of Defence